heir·loom (noun): a valuable object that has belonged to a family for several generations
From furniture and faith to collectibles and character traits, there are a lot of things that get passed down over the course of a family’s history, and recipes are no exception. But a recipe nurtured by generations of love and care is so much more than the food it creates. It’s also a reminder of the laughter and light that can happen when a family comes together.
“This recipe encompasses so many memories for me. Memories of family time, holidays, and learning how to cook. The recipe was passed down from my great-grandmother, Nanny, taught to her by her mother, and passed down through the generations. Because of her old recipes, I began researching the history of older recipes and was inspired to teach open-hearth and traditional cooking classes. I’m taken back to cherished gatherings at Nanny’s whenever I make this dish.”