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August 16, 2007

Momma Knows Best

Filed under: customer stories, family traditions, gift ideas, wedding ideas — Kate @ 2:03 pm

We got the cutest email from Sandra in Houston, Texas yesterday.  Sandra is getting married in September (Congratulations, Sandra!) and has been looking for a wedding gift for her fiance…

She found Secret Ingredients while she was searching for the perfect gift online.  She says that her fiance loves his mother’s cooking so much that she thought a cookbook with her recipes would make the perfect wedding gift.  Her fiance’s family lives many miles away in Spokane, Washington, and Sandra is determined to give her man the comfort foods that he loves and grew up with!  She wrote, “Of course it will take me some time to make her dishes to perfection, but I’m on a mission…” 

How sweet is that! Seriously. I definitely relate to Sandra’s story.  The move to Seattle put me almost 3,000 miles from my mother’s kitchen and comfort foods.  I’m getting by with our family’s cookbook, but I can’t wait to visit at the holidays! 

Take care and have a great day,

February 5, 2007

Mangia! Mangia!

Filed under: contests, customer stories — Kate @ 4:52 pm

Last December ten lucky winners won free Heirloom Cookbooks in our 10 Heirloom Book Contest.  Each contest participant was asked to tell a story about a family recipe or meal.  We received submissions from many states and loved reading the funny and sentimental stories that were shared with us.  Thank you contest participants!

The following story by Sarah of Chino Hills, CA was a winner!  Not only does this story make you wish you were in a warm kitchen, but it reminds us to hold on to our memories and to document the recipes that seasoned our childhoods…

“I came onto this website for one main reason!  That reason happens to be because of my Nonni’s spaghetti sauce.  She passed away when I was in 5th grade and I am now in my twenties.  We were very close… She lived right around the corner and was the best Nonni ever!  Who else would take you out of school early to go shopping?! Nonni used to pull out the stool in the kitchen and put me to work.  We would make pasta from scratch, meatballs, sauce, and of course pizzeles.  When my Nonni passed away it was really hard on my mom and me.  We still think about her constantly- especially around the holidays.  I would do anything to go back in time and write down every single ingredient in each of her recipes, but I was too young to think about things like that.

My mom did her best, but Nonni knew best.  She didn’t use a cup of this, a teaspoon of that… she used a dash of this, a pinch of that, some here, some there.  It is basically impossible to recreate the splendid things she made.

I came on this website to put together as many of my Nonni’s recipes that I could, supplementing with other recipes from friends and family.  The title of my cookbook is ‘Mangia! Mangia!’ which means EAT! EAT! in Italian.  My mom has no idea that I’m doing this for her, but I sure hope she enjoys it!”

Do you have a funny or memorable story about a family recipe?  Share it with us, and you may win a FREE Keepsake Cookbook.  This contest begins on the first day of each month and continues until the very last day of the month.  Enter today for your chance to win!  Click here to go to our contest.

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