Visiting Angels August 2019

August 2019

5274 Scotts Valley Dr., #102 Scotts Valley, CA 95066 831-430-0616 229 Reindollar Ave., Suite E Marina, CA 93933 831-392-0876


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The Sweetest Heirloom T his past June, one of the women at our office threw a big graduation party for her son who had just graduated from high school. With so many people to feed, she planned a big trip to Costco to grab some bulk sides, but her son had one request: “Mom, will you please make your special potato salad?” It was sweet that he wanted a special family recipe at his graduation party. Hearing this story reminded me of my own mother’s macaroni salad. She used to cut up little bits of cheese and olives and found just the right combination of mayo and mustard. Mom made her famous macaroni salad for every family reunion or picnic, and everyone always came back for seconds. I never got the recipe before she died, and I regret that terribly. Even though we can find recipes for almost any dish or dessert online, there are some recipes that are wholly our own. Some were written down on cherished recipe cards, while others were memorized after learning them in Grandma’s kitchen. Unfortunately, if we’re not careful, those special family recipes that were passed down for generations can disappear because they weren’t shared or recorded while a family member was still alive. When my youngest daughter moved out of the house and into her first apartment, I got out the recipes for her favorite meals and wrote them on 3x5-inch cards. Then I put them in a recipe card box and gave them to her as a gift. She was delighted to be able to cook these recipes for herself after she was on her own. This is what people mean when they talk about comfort food. It’s the food we associate with happy memories and feelings of love. Remembering the Value of Family Recipes

A couple of years ago, I shared the story of my

grandmother’s orange coffee cake. This was a special recipe Grandma only made on Christmas Day. When my

grandmother passed away, I wanted to keep that tradition alive, but I’d never gotten the recipe from her! Heartbroken, I searched her house high and low. When I finally found the recipe, it was like uncovering a family heirloom I thought had been lost forever. Grandma’s orange coffee cake is delicious, but that’s not why I wanted the recipe. I wanted the recipe for the memories. Every year when we walked into her house on Christmas morning, we were greeted by the warm smell of coffee cake and Grandma’s hugs. When I make that coffee cake on Christmas morning, it’s like Grandma is celebrating with us. I’m so glad I can pass this recipe on to my girls so they can make it for their families one day and reminisce about the Christmases we spent together. This is the real importance of family recipes and why we should make a point to save those recipes when we have the chance.


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