The legacy of food passed down from one generation to another is a family tree of foods, tools, and lines traced for years into the past and the future.

For a child, waking up early to the smell of one’s grandmother’s cooking is a good alarm clock. As usual, this meal would be unique. She would find the time to make all the favorite dishes of her grandchildren while offering breakfast to them, who spent the night frequently. For many people, family and food are familiarly connected. However, modern families have a difficult task to preserve this connection. How can you make a meal from scratch when you have to work, pick up the kids, clean the house, do grocery shopping, and carry on relationships with friends and loved ones? You may not be able to carry out the same things in the kitchen that your grandmothers did twenty or thirty years ago. Still, there are new, innovative ways for both men and women to honor family traditions and preserve the culinary knowledge handed down for generations.

Feeling Full: The Legacy of Food

Family recipes are a way of keeping your ancestry alive and a part of yourself. Documenting these family recipes is part of the legacy of your relatives and loved ones. Each cook in a family contributes her flavor and style. A Cookbook by Eleanor Gaccetta is a collection of heartfelt stories of Italian life and straightforward recipes that brought families together around the table. This book will raise your interest whether you are a novice in the kitchen, a home cook, or a professionally trained cook.

Further, as you record your traditional family meals’ thoughts, ideas, and processes, you create an heirloom that will be willed down to your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. You build a bridge by which your loved ones can learn about who you are, and part of knowing the road ahead is to understand where you come from. 

5 Classic Family Recipes That Deserve A Comeback with a Modern Twist

It is fun to try new recipes, but sometimes you can not beat a time-tested classic. These retro recipes for dinners, appetizers, and desserts might seem like a blast from the past, but they still hold up today, especially with that added modern twist!

Family Recipe #1. Wild Rice Soup. This filling meal never misses to warm you up on a cold, wintry day! When your loved one or a family friend is ill, this soup will instantly hit the spot. Modern Twist: Get that leftover turkey to use up to have that cream of turkey taste. Nutritional facts include one roll: 194 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 163mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), and 6g protein.

Family Recipe #2. Apricot Fluff. This is an easy ambrosia salad that you could take to a cookout later in the evening. Modern Twist: It is sublime with peaches and peach gelatin, making it a must-have at every barbeque you will attend. Nutritional Facts include 3/4 cup: 225 calories, 3g fat (3g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 57mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 1g fiber), and 3g protein.

Family Recipe #3. Homemade Apple Cider Beef Stew. It is charming to use this recipe in fall when the weather gets crusty, and the local apple farmstead starts selling fresh apple cider. This entree’s precise sweetness is a welcome change from other savory stews. Modern twist: enjoy it with biscuits and apple and cheddar cheese slices. Nutritional Facts include 1 cup: 330 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 72mg cholesterol, 628mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 2g fiber), and 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, one vegetable.

Family Recipe #4. Winter Vegetables Shepherd’s Pie. During holidays, people tend to eat for comfort. However, comfort foods are not necessarily healthy. This lovely take, this turkey shepherd’s pie, is perfect for putting out on your holiday buffet table to make a classic comfort food dish more healthy. Modern Twist: Use lean ground turkey (93% lean) contains 53% less fat and 38% less saturated fat than regular ground turkey (85% lean). It works great in casseroles, tacos, and other crumbled meat dishes. Nutritional Facts include 1 serving: 314 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated fat), 75mg cholesterol, 654mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 5g fiber), 28g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch.

Family Recipe #5. Italian Sausage-Stuffed Zucchini. You always have to be creative when getting your family to eat vegetables. Thus, this stuffed zucchini uses the pizza flavors that everyone loves. Modern twist: include sausage for your main dish, but it could also be a meatless side dish. Nutritional Facts have 2 stuffed zucchini halves: 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 206 calories, 485mg sodium, 39mg cholesterol, 16g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 17g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 2 vegetables, 1/2 starch.

Pot It Off

Food is a universal need. Eating is something all humans do. And because of this, meals have been a symbol throughout the ages of sharing, nurturing, and loving one another. These recipes will allow you to create meals that are a meaningful experience, but they will also inspire you to create your versions of dishes to add your flavor and style. After all, changing a recipe, it turns out, does not make it less of an heirloom–in fact, it only makes it more your own.

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