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Sharing family recipes has always been an important part of my heritage. For as long as I can remember, I was told stories about my "Great Grandma Harrison's cooking on the farm." My great grandmother died years before I was born, but my grandmother made sure that my four sisters and I were all given photocopies of her handwritten recipes. For a number of years, I even had a ritual of baking Great Grandma Harrison's Orange Cake on her birthday. Using the same bowl and wooden spoon that she used at the turn of the century, I would share family stories with my daughters as we imagined what life must have been like on that North Carolina homestead so many years ago. For years, I thought about preserving my family recipes in a special album instead of keeping them haphazardly in an old file folder. But there never seemed to be enough time.
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Don't ask me how, but somehow I lost Grandma Harrison's Orange Cake recipe, and none of my four sisters have it either. That was the final nudge I needed to begin my Heirloom Recipe Album" project. As far as I was concerned, finding just the right album was as daunting a task as collecting all the photos and recipes. So I decided to enlist the help of the creative staff here at Chinaberry, and together we came up with our dream album.
The cover complements any theme you may choose for your album, and has a 3-x5-inch pocket in which you can insert your own photo or title card. The twelve, cream-colored, acid-free, pocketed pages were designed for you to fill with your favorite photos and anecdotes. The actual pockets hold everything from recipe cards to folded pages from magazines. Additional album pages are sold separately, so you can expand your album any time you'd like. We leave the first page blank for you to write your own dedication, and you may wish to include a Table of Contents on the back side. Another pocket has been added to the inside back cover for you to keep miscellaneous recipes.
If you're like me, once you've completed one album, you'll want to do another one with a different theme. I'm making one with just desserts to give my niece as a wedding gift this spring. We'll pass on some tips to get you started, but we would love to hear how you use your HEIRLOOM RECIPE ALBUM. (And if you happen to have an Orange Cake recipe from the turn of the century, maybe you could pass that on to me!)
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