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Our Family Legacy 


Some of my fondest memories of my childhood are the delicious meals we shared together as a family.  My mother worked full-time but somehow, she always found a way to bring us together as a family at the dinner table.  As my sister and I grew older, my mother would call us from work with instructions for how to prep dinner.  Sometimes it was simple instructions to wash and marinate a flank steak or bread chicken cutlets.  These were our first lessons in the kitchen but important ones. 

Years later, I knew I wanted to bring these same delicious traditions to my family.  For my wedding gift, I asked my mother to prepare a recipe book that contained all of our family recipes.  I treasured these recipes.  Admittedly, I never seemed to get them right on the first try, but each time I prepared the dishes they tasted better and better. I learned the nuances to my mother's instructions - and of course, got much better at reading her handwriting.  

17 years later, my mother's recipe book continues to be a my lifeline in the kitchen.  The book is now worn and the pages are faded but the legacy of her recipes, along with many new additions from my sister and I continue to bring intoxicating aromas into our home and bring us together as a family around the dinner table. 

Fast forward and today, it's 2020.  The COVID-19 pandemic has separated our extended family. My family longs for the time when we were able to gather around the table together.  That said, there have been blessings during this trying time.  More time at home has meant more quality time with my husband and children.  Life has slowed a bit in some ways.  Gone are the days of racing to get the kids to school or practice.  Dinner is no longer rushed.  There is actually time to make breakfast.  Time apart from our parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends has made us all appreciate just how much we treasure our family and our time together. 


I had the idea to create this blog years ago, but  like so many ideas, I just never got around to it. I thought what better time than NOW to build this blog to chronicle my family's legacy in the kitchen and connect us all during a time we can't be together.   I hope through Family Legacy Recipe, the special traditions of our family meals and treats, from my Yia Yia's cookies to my mother's stew, to my sister's pasta - can continue to live on for years to come.  

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