The idea of “Our Shared Kitchen” was found on the wall of my own kitchen. Years ago, I had 12 handwritten recipes on 4 x6 index cards framed and hung on my wall. These recipes showcase the handwriting of multiple generations of women in my family. I not only get to see and use the beloved recipes, but I also get to share them with my daughter. She is able to see her ancestors’ handwriting every single day. The handwriting was what fascinated me. I always wondered if I shared similar penmanship with any of my past relatives. The recipes not only taught me to cook, but they taught me a lot about these women, some of whom I never met.
The goal of “Our Shared Kitchen” is to breathe life into what has become a very “pinterest –heavy” society. I can pin a hundred recipes online but I may never cook them. My daughter will certainly never inherit them. My hope is that you will share your family’s most cherished recipes on the original recipe cards that have stood the test of time and flour.
We want to share those cards with the rest of the world along with a photo of your family or the family member that created that recipe. We would also like for you to type the recipe so we can publish it next to a photocopy of the recipe card, in case the card has become less legible over time.