The heirloom recipe index: a call to arms
June 30th, 2010
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Hi. We're Eatocracy and we're here to make your grandma a rockstar. Sure, we're huge fans of food television and shmancy celeb chef cookbooks, but it's our mission to preserve our world's cuisine, family rituals, flavors and cultures by creating the world's largest database of hand-written heirloom recipes.

You can help.

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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  14. Floridagranny1

    Tammy O'Brien's (like Bailey's) Irish Cream

    1 3/4 c. Irish whiskey
    1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
    1 c. whipping cream
    4 eggs
    2 tbsp. chocolate flavored syrup
    2 tsp. instant coffee
    1 tsp. coconut extract
    1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

    In blender combine all ingredients until smooth. Store in a tight container in refrigerator.

    July 28, 2010 at 11:13 pm |
    • Kat Kinsman

      Thank you! I wish I had one in my hand right now.

      July 28, 2010 at 11:20 pm |
  15. Floridagranny1

    Velinka Vlaskovich's Non-bake Fudge Cookies

    In a medium size sauce pan, combine 3/4 cup sugar, 1/2 cup milk, 1/4 cup cocoa, 1 stick butter or margarine. Boil for two minutes, pour in 3 cups quick oatmeal. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and if desired, 1/2 cup peanut butter, nuts or coconut. Mix well and drop by teaspoons onto waxed paper. Cool until firm enough to pick up and eat!

    *note: Velinka Vlaskovich O'Brien was my ex-mother-in-law 35 years ago. She passed away a few years ago along with her dear husband, Robert Rea O'Brien. They will both be sorely missed by their family and all the friends made over many years. God bless and thank them for teaching me so much about cooking and being a part of a family. I still have the original recipe card from her and as much as I treasure it you have given me a great idea. I'm going to make an original family cookbook for my oldest daughter as a gift to hand down to her children. Thanks. FTR, I know this wasn't her own invention but it is a family heirloom:)

    July 28, 2010 at 11:07 pm |
  16. Amazed

    People they say imitation is the best form of flattery...oh and just so you know (for those who don't even share with your family) when you die they (your family) will be going to you home to divy up your things and someone will get the recipe anyway...also if CNN made a book out of the recipes on here I WOULD BUY yea I just thought I would enlighten some people real quick but this is just my opinion. Good eats to you all!

    July 21, 2010 at 10:57 am |
  17. Karen

    My mother got a recipe for apple butter years ago and shared it with a relative who later entered it in a cooking contest. She won second place at the county fair and my mom is so bitter about it, she wont even share the recipe with her own children since! I LOVE sharing recipes so much, I created my own website for everyone to share and see. I feel proud when someone makes one of my dishes and would feel even prouder if it won a contest!

    July 9, 2010 at 12:54 pm |
  18. A Sharing Eater

    Fluffy Raspberry Dessert
    This dessert recipe will keep for up to 3 months in your freezer, well wrapped. It's fluffy, sweet, and fruity – the perfect end to any meal.
    Prep Time: 35 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    1/2 cup butter, softened
    1/3 cup brown sugar
    1-1/2 cups flour
    1/2 cup chopped walnuts
    10 oz. pkg. frozen raspberries, thawed
    2 pasteurized egg whites
    1 cup sugar
    1 Tbsp. lemon juice
    1 tsp. vanilla
    1 cup heavy cream, whipped
    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In large bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, flour, and nuts until crumbly. Spread crumbs in 9×13" pan (do not press down). Bake, stirring twice during baking time, until crumbs are light golden brown, 10-15 minutes. Cool until you're able to handle the crumbs; reserve 1/2 cup. Press remaining crumbs into bottom of pan.
    In large bowl, combine remaining ingredients except whipped cream. With electric mixer, beat this mixture for 15-20 minutes until stiff peaks form. The mixture will increase in volume, almost filling the bowl. Fold in whipped cream and spread on crumbs on pan. Top with remaining crumbs, cover, and freeze at least 8 hours before serving. Serves 12-15

    July 2, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
    • Kat Kinsman

      Well thank you for that! I do believe I'll attempt this on the weekend.

      July 28, 2010 at 11:22 pm |
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