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My grandmother never wrote her recipes down, or if she did, they were different than what she really did. Some things in her recipes defied explanation also, such as how to 'clop' the sweet dough for
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The 'You Have to Visit Grandma' Method

posted at 1/30/2010 3:51 AM EST
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My grandmother never wrote her recipes down, or if she did, they were different than what she really did. Some things in her recipes defied explanation also, such as how to 'clop' the sweet dough for babka.

In order to collect her recipes, I went over to her house, watched and wrote down everything she did as she did it. It was the only way to really get the ingredients, methods and stories behind the recipes.

These were some of the best times I spent with her, in the warmth of the kitchen and listening to all the family stories, not just about cooking and baking.

I have continued this tradition with my sons and grandchildren. If they want my recipes... they have to come visit! We talk, laugh and enjoy every moment as we share old memories and make new ones.

The 'You Have to Visit Grandma' Method

posted at 1/30/2010 3:54 AM EST
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I love your story wish i had done the same

The 'You Have to Visit Grandma' Method

posted at 1/30/2010 5:39 AM EST
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I too, have done the same. But the problem is that things like "three glugs of molassis" is hard to definitively reproduce from today's container jars instead of an oldtime jug!

Re: The 'You Have to Visit Grandma' Method

posted at 12/16/2010 8:49 AM EST
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That was a nice story and a great tradition to carry on.

Re: The 'You Have to Visit Grandma' Method

posted at 12/16/2010 9:40 AM EST
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My mom passed suddenly and one of my biggest regrets is not getting some of her recipes. Nice story

Re: The 'You Have to Visit Grandma' Method

posted at 12/17/2010 12:57 PM EST
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My Mom hated to cook.  But my Dad loved cooking for holiday meals.  I have also learned that you need to watch what they do, because they won't remember all the steps/ingredients later.

Re: The 'You Have to Visit Grandma' Method

posted at 12/17/2010 2:13 PM EST
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The old recipes did leave much to be desired.  I have some recipes from my grandmother ( who died when I was less than a year old).  One starts "take as many oranges as you please", another says to use 5 cents worth of citron.  My mother did learn to make some of the old German recipes from my great aunt, but I was too young to care at that time.  I wish now I had taken the time to learn from my mother. 

Re: The 'You Have to Visit Grandma' Method

posted at 1/16/2011 2:35 PM EST
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In Response to The 'You Have to Visit Grandma' Method:
My grandmother never wrote her recipes down, or if she did, they were different than what she really did. Some things in her recipes defied explanation also, such as how to 'clop' the sweet dough for babka. In order to collect her recipes, I went over to her house, watched and wrote down everything she did as she did it. It was the only way to really get the ingredients, methods and stories behind the recipes. These were some of the best times I spent with her, in the warmth of the kitchen and listening to all the family stories, not just about cooking and baking. I have continued this tradition with my sons and grandchildren. If they want my recipes... they have to come visit! We talk, laugh and enjoy every moment as we share old memories and make new ones.
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I love that method. A watch and learn, with love, approach is probaby the greatest idea I have heard of on this site.
Thank you for writing.

Re: The 'You Have to Visit Grandma' Method

posted at 1/16/2011 4:45 PM EST
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I watched my mother cook and bake.  I went thru her recipe box when I first got married and
wrote down a lot of the recipes that I wanted.  She died in 2009 and I asked to have her
recipe box.  I plan to keep hand down her recipes to my kids.

Re: The 'You Have to Visit Grandma' Method

posted at 1/16/2011 5:00 PM EST
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Love the story - what a great family tradition! Smile

Re: The 'You Have to Visit Grandma' Method

posted at 1/16/2011 5:15 PM EST
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Thank you for such a nice story -- wish you would come visit VVB again

Re: The 'You Have to Visit Grandma' Method

posted at 1/16/2011 6:02 PM EST
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What a nice story and what a great tradition to start!!!  Thank you.

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