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.