A Family Treasure

Late last year, we had the pleasure of working with a local man named Jim to create a family cookbook entitled Life With Lillian: Recipes With Love. Jim came to us in the hopes of putting together this very special Christmas present for his wife’s family, and we were delighted to be able to assist him.

Jim explained to us what an important role his mother-in-law, Lillian, had played in his life. A smile lights up his face and there’s a sparkle in his kind eye when he talks about his family. Jim started compiling Lillian’s recipes several years ago, when the meal-minded matriarch was still alive, and he had each family member write their thoughts and favorite memories of the generous and inspiring woman. While sadly Lillian didn’t get to see the finished product, the book is a wonderful testimony to her big personality, love of life, and, of course, her culinary prowess.

The cherished family recipes, such as yubada (stuffed grape leaves), are interspersed with heartfelt memories and a collection of family photographs. The best part is, Lillian’s recipes can now be enjoyed by future generations.

We were touched by Jim’s thoughtfulness, and we can only imagine how impressed his family must have been when they received their books on Christmas.

What is your family’s culinary heritage?

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