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greek_ggirl

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One of the most cherished things in my household is my mom's binder of old recipes preserved in clear plastic film. My mom has kept all of our family recipes in the original form which is old paper that is yellowing and in my grandmas handwriting. Because I am paranoid, I have taken pictures of all of the recipes and taken pictures of each recipe and uploaded them to the cloud so that I have a backup in case the binder gets lost. I urge everyone to write all of their family recipes down if you don't have them already!!
 

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This is a great reminder and tip! I have taken photos with my phone of all of the older Greek family recipes left to me from my Mother and Grandmother.
 

k_tsoukalas

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One of the most cherished things in my household is my mom's binder of old recipes preserved in clear plastic film. My mom has kept all of our family recipes in the original form which is old paper that is yellowing and in my grandmas handwriting. Because I am paranoid, I have taken pictures of all of the recipes and taken pictures of each recipe and uploaded them to the cloud so that I have a backup in case the binder gets lost. I urge everyone to write all of their family recipes down if you don't have them already!!
You're lucky you have this. My grandmother's recipes were in her head. She passed them down to me, and they're in my head. My mom tried to write some of the recipes down, but she missed some of the recipes. It stresses me out that I feel the family legacy of cooking stops with me aside from the handful (maybe 10%) that my mom managed to catalog. I am the only one in my generation from the family who knows the full repertoire from her food. She taught me when she used to watch me as a kid, and then as an adult I have added my own spin on things. So, I know what I have to do (write the all down) but it is a massive undertaking.
 

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