Family recipes are so much more than scraps of paper; they're a pact to keep the past alive and share it with generations to come.
Nothing can compare to the sights, sounds and sense memories of rolling out biscuit dough with Grandma or helping Uncle Pete stir the Sunday gravy. However, those stained, handwritten index cards and notes folded in between pages of tattered-spined cookbooks ensure that those sacred flavors won't be lost to the ages.
We'd like you to celebrate your family's unique culinary heritage and honor your loved ones by sharing their best dishes with the world.
Your assignment: Scan or photograph a handwritten, heirloom family recipe (the more stained and well-loved-looking, the better) and upload it via iReport, along with a story about the person who brought it into your life and a memory of enjoying it with relatives or friends. A picture of the finished dish is nice but not required.
We'll showcase our favorites right here on a regular basis, and you'll bask in the warm, happy glow of the knowledge that you made your Grandma (or great-uncle, or second cousin on your mother's side) a superstar and preserved their kitchen legacy.
iReport – Share your heirloom recipes
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For 28 years, the Food & Wine classic has drawn food fans from around the globe to Aspen, Colorado for a long weekend of seminars, tastings, hobnobbing with celebrity chefs and, well, a few parties. Okay, a lot of parties.
We asked the editors of Food & Wine Magazine - all longtime veterans of the event - to share their most special moments and top tips for surviving a long weekend of the good life.
And we're out here in Aspen along with them. Follow Tweets from Eatocracy and our managing editor and it'll be just like you were there. (Minus the hangover.)
Previously: Steven Stern's ode to eating alone at the bar
Tips for best bar eating
Find a good spot
If you're next to the place where the waitstaff picks up drinks, they're going to be squeezing by you all night. If you're all the way at the end of the bar, the barkeep is going to have to do a lot of walking back and forth to take care of you. Choose somewhere central, and settle in.
Start with a drink
Sure, you can ask for the wine or cocktail list, but if you sit down and immediately order something – a beer, a Campari and soda, a club soda if you don't do alcohol – the bartender knows they're dealing with someone decisive.
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