Cooking Up a Gift Idea
I’m going to go ahead and declare it: What you are about to read is the best gift idea for the person who has everything. And by “person,” I mean your mother.
I’m talking about the family cookbook. Yes, I know family cookbooks have been around for years – I have my own grease-splattered, worn-out, handwritten collection of favorites from my great aunt. But we can make it really easy on you. Seriously.
First, ask everyone in your family to email you with their favorite family recipes along with their favorite memories associated with each dish. Whether it is the Cajun roux your grandmother can make only while listening to Jazz music, or the corn casserole your Aunt Nancy messes up every Thanksgiving, each family dish is sure to have its own story.
After you’ve collected all of the recipes and memories, merge them into one document. Feel free to insert pictures of family members at past holidays to liven up the pages.
Once you have them in one document, go to FedEx Office Print Online and upload the file. From there, you can select a cover and binding. You can even add tabs (fancy!) to separate the recipes by category. After you’ve proofed it online, you can have them shipped to you or pick them up at your nearest location. It will look like you spent hours hunched over a binding machine, and everyone will be impressed with how thoughtful and talented you are.
But here is the best part: when your cousin James marries that five star chef next year, you can pull the file from your desktop, add her recipes, and do a second edition for the entire family. It’s a recipe for successful gift-giving for years to come!