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Preserve tradition and organize your family recipes into cookbooks, scrapbooks, laminated cards, and much more.
Keep treasured dishes in the family by scanning and printing original recipes and handing them out at the next reunion.
Scan and size recipes and photos with photo-editing software, then print onto card stock. Cut to size, and place in tins. Wrap tins with a wide band of paper printed with a colorful pattern (scanned vintage kitchen linens work well) and a portrait of the cook.
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Grandma's coffee cake, Mom's Bolognese -- there's something about a family member's specialty that makes it seem impossible to replicate. In her new book, "Sweet Home," Rebecca Ffrench suggests creating an album with a recipe and step-by-step photos of your relative cooking his or her trademark dish, in order to pass down your family's culinary traditions to future generations.
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Color-Coded Laminated Cards
Don't let family recipe cards get ruined by kitchen spills, smudges, or old age. Protect special recipes with self-laminating sheets that are easy to wipe off. Try color-coding recipes by category, using orange for side dishes and yellow for appetizers.
Print recipes two to a page onto 8-by-11-inch colored paper so there's one recipe on the top half and one on the bottom.
Place a recipe between two of the sheets, seal smoothly, and trim any excess plastic from the edges. Punch a hole in the upper left-hand corner of each card, and slip them onto a large binder ring.
Compiling family recipes on beautifully printed cards is a wonderful way to both save and share delicious memories with your family.
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Store family recipe cards in an envelope book to give as a gift to a family member or to cherish in your own home.
Browse through stationery stores, and take inspiration from your favorite envelopes; to make a book, they must all be the same size, but their colors may vary. Bind envelopes together with bookbinding tape.
How to Bind Envelope Books with Cloth
How to Bind Envelope Books with Paper
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Create DVDs of yourself cooking family recipes, with step-by-step instructions, as a gift to relatives.
Take one of your favorite pictures, and print the image on a sticky label designed to fit a DVD -- it's a small touch that makes the gift extra-special. Use envelopes to package them, and then take your chosen photographic image and print it on card stock to make a one-of-a-kind cover.
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Copy a handful of your favorite family recipes onto these charming, keepsake recipe cards and tie them with ribbon.
Download and print our recipe cards onto an 8 1/2-by-11-inch piece of heavy card stock (or make copies of just your favorite card) and cut out each of the sturdy 3-by-5-inch cards -- they're just the right size for a recipe box.
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A family holiday meal can be an elaborate production. Keep all the components together by assembling the details of the hand-me-down recipes as a folding menu.
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Family recipes contain endless memories, history, and tradition. Protect your collection of heirloom recipes in a scrapbook filled with pockets for handwritten cards and photos of family gatherings at the table.
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Copied Recipe Cards
Want to store your original family recipes in a safe place? You can do so and still keep the tradition alive. Photocopy the hand-me-down cards onto heavy card stock in a color similar to that of the originals. Then, organize the replicas in a vintage recipe box from the fifties.
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Preserve childhood memories of eating your mother's or grandmother's delicious cookies and cakes by gathering their dessert recipes into a book. Include old and new recipes with photos and anecdotes for your family to share.