Recipes with Memories

Recipes with Memories

Do you have recipes that make you think of certain people while you’re making them? Yesterday I made popovers for what may be the first time since I left my parents’ home (not sure why it’s been that long!), with that old-fashioned chicken à la king, and was thinking of my mother. (Hers are better than mine!) And tonight I made my daughter butterscotch pudding after she had her teeth pulled, and was thinking of my friend Sandy, who brought me homemade chocolate pudding after I had molars pulled five or six years ago and started the pudding-when-teeth-are-pulled tradition. Also of my sister-in-law, because once years ago I gave her some square mason jars so she could do a banana pudding presentation we saw in a magazine (I love banana pudding), and ever since she has been playing with all kinds of recipes with those, including butterscotch (maybe with bourbon?) pudding with bananas and I believe a drizzle of chocolate.

I love how the making of food can hold so many things at its heart. What recipes do you have that bring with them good memories of the person who started you making them, or the person with whom or for whom you have loved making them?

  • My great-grandmother’s secret recipe for chocolate cake, which she gave to my mom and my mom gave to me.

    Also, my mom’s recipe for a Russian Easter bread and sweet cheese spread, which always make me think of the years she’s stayed up late waiting for it to rise.

    August 11, 2014 at 7:29 pm
  • An

    I always loved my mother’s bread pudding growing up. However, as an adult, I could never stand ordering bread pudding from restaurants/local diners as they never tasted like my mother’s. One thing – my mother always insisted on using real vanilla. A costly baking factor I always pooh poohed, especially when my local pastry instructors used imitation vanilla in the courses. However, after a small party, I had tons of bread slices left over and decided to make homemade bread pudding. I also had purchased real vanilla on a whim earlier in the week and, decided to add a generous dosage. After letting it cool, I tasted my mother’s bread pudding for the first time since childhood.

    August 11, 2014 at 9:45 pm
      • Caroline Keeler

        HAVE to try bread pudding. Found a SCRUMPTIOUS one for Thanksgiving for pumpkin bread pudding, LOVED!! Made it for Christmas too!!

        August 18, 2014 at 6:07 pm

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