If you follow Onward To Our Past on our Facebook page (Click here) you know we all have been talking about family history, genealogy and FOOD! Particularly family recipes. Often family favorites that get lost or never handed down. But all are not lost!
BUT they don’t just save themselves! Families and food just naturally go together. The special times at a table. The times preparing in the kitchen, at a campfire, or perhaps the barbecue grill! The aromas! The talk, and the secrets of how to make something ‘just right’!
In my family many old family recipes were lost. My grandmother’s Cornish pasty recipe is gone for ever (my mom asked for it, but her mother-in-law said ‘no, you’ll never be a good enough cook to make a proper pasty’! OUCH!
But some are surviving! Some change and some stay the same! In my wife’s family ‘sugo’, or Italian meat sauce all came from the same recipe, but now all four daughters make it differently! Thank goodness, I am partial to my wife’s variety!
So here we go with our new feature:
The Onward To Our Past® Family History Recipe File!
Periodically I will be sharing family favorites from my family with you all! And, I would hope, you all might decide to share one here with me every so often!
I decided to share some of the old family recipes as a result of the loss of two of my favorite foods. These both were lost when the cooks passed away and had refused to share their recipe. They are now gone forever. One of these was for the best white cake I have ever had, which was made by a certain Mrs. Fenstermacher in Minnesota. The second was for the best handmade onion rings I ever ate in my life! This time from a very old hotel restaurant, also in Minnesota. Try as I might, neither of these cooks would ever part with their recipes — and believe me I TRIED! They wouldn’t share them for love. Not for money. Not for any reason! And now they are gone!
So, while I cannot impart the best white cake or the best onion rings here, I can share some of our old family favorites!
They will range from Cornish to Bohemian and from Italian to Americana. Entrees, soups, desserts, and more.
The only thing they will have in common is that they are some of my family’s favorites!
So I hope you will enjoy this as we get it going!
Be sure to share your favorites here too!
To start here is one of my favorites from my youth.
Onward To Our Past® Recipe File:
Black Cherry Parfait Pie — from Nana E.
Note: Recipe is in her daughter’s hand, but I was there when it was given, so I know it came from my grandmother, to my mother, to my wife, to me.
Growing up, this was a very special dessert and we only got to have it once or twice a year. It was my personal favorite.
Dissolve 1 package of raspberry jello in 1 cup of hot water or syrup from cherries and hot water to make 1 cup.
Add 1 pint of vanilla ice cream cut into 6 chunks.
Stir until melted.
Chill mixture in ice box until it begins to thicken and mound when spooned (usually 20-30 minutes).
Fold in 1 can of drained dark, sweet pitted cherries cut in halves, BUT put 10 aside for decorations.
Pour into cooled baked pastry shell.
Cover with whipped cream and decorate with cherries you set aside.
Note: Can be made the day before.
Besides preserving our family history in food you get the following:
Now I am off to figure out how to add a Recipe Section on our family tree website!
Onward To Our Past,