The heirloom recipe index: Grandma Mary's Crepes
July 6th, 2010
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The Heirloom Recipe Index exists to make your Grandma (or great uncle, or second cousin on your mother's side) a superstar and preserve their kitchen legacy.

While Amber DeGrace grew up eating Pennsylvania delicacies like hog maw and scrapple, her husband of French-Canadian descent, Mike DeGrace, grew up eating Grandma Mary's crepes.

"He tells me stories of how she would make him and his friends batch after batch of fresh crepes on weekend or summer mornings. They would slather butter and table sugar on them before rolling them up and eating [them]."

While Amber never had the opportunity to meet Grandma Mary, she did inherit Mary's crepe pan and antique recipe book - with the handwritten crepe recipe taped on the inside of the front cover.

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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.
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The heirloom recipe index: Grandma Carr's Chocolate Chip Cookies
June 29th, 2010
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The Heirloom Recipe Index exists to make your Grandma (or great uncle, or second cousin on your mother's side) a superstar and preserve their kitchen legacy.

It should come to no surprise that recipes tell a story - that's one of the main reasons the Heirloom Recipe Index came into fruition.

And just as there would be no recipe without a cook, there would be no story without someone to tell it.

When storyteller Cynthia Falardeau shared her Grandma Carr's chocolate chip cookie recipe, an outsider's words just wouldn't do.

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The heirloom recipe index: Kulfi
June 28th, 2010
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The Heirloom Recipe Index exists to make your Grandma (or great uncle, or second cousin on your mother's side) a superstar and preserve their kitchen legacy.

Hosting your first dinner party is nothing short of a knee-buckling, nerve-wracking ordeal - a step into adulthood that our inner footie-pajamaed child often stridently resists.

When that time came for Indian-born Sobhana Venkatesan nearly 25 years ago, she got by with a little help from her friend's scribbled kulfi recipe.

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The heirloom recipe index: Gram's Chocolate Scotcheroos
June 23rd, 2010
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The Heirloom Recipe Index exists to make your Grandma (or great uncle, or second cousin on your mother's side) a superstar and preserve their kitchen legacy.

The lost art of letter writing is something Lisa Miller's 86-year-old grandmother, or "Grams," simply hasn't lost.

Writes Grams: "I found this recipe in Judy's library when I was there with her and the kids. It sounds different (and good) . I'm going to make it as soon as I mail these recipes to you (I can't wait). I hope you like them. (I want to put them in Joan's lunch and for the girls at the shop). Love ya, Grams"

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The heirloom recipe index: Picnickers
June 22nd, 2010
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The Heirloom Recipe Index exists to make your Grandma (or great uncle, or second cousin on your mother's side) a superstar and preserve their kitchen legacy.

Some recipes are saved for special occasions; others are saved for a certain season; and then, there are some that you cook up just because.

This is one of those.

Kathy and her sister grew up as bowl lickers: a childhood memory and privilege that is never forgotten. "You'll get a stomachache," becomes a mother's mute warning as a tubby toddler finger plunges into the batter for another gooey bite.

Growing up, Kathy spent many a weekend this way: in the kitchen making "Picnickers" with her mother and sister.

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The heirloom recipe index - Date Cake
June 21st, 2010
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The Heirloom Recipe Index exists to make your Grandma (or great uncle, or second cousin on your mother's side) a superstar and preserve their kitchen legacy.

A recipe has the ability to take the taste buds on a journey: one forkful can transport an eater as far away as Kandy, Sri Lanka, for a slice of Shari Atukorala's mother’s date cake.

Shari's mother baked date cake every weekend for tea. She also served the gooey delight, similar in texture to sticky toffee pudding, during the Sinhala and Tamil New Year each April.

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The heirloom recipe index - Grandma Andrick's Oatmeal Cookies
June 18th, 2010
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The Heirloom Recipe Index exists to make your Grandma (or great uncle, or second cousin on your mother's side) a superstar and preserve their kitchen legacy.

Bruce Williams of Bethany, Missouri, could always count on his grandmother, Inez Andrick, for good eatin' - from cookies to pies to fried chicken. "It probably won't be fit to eat,” Grandma Andrick would always say before she served up a meal. She was a modest, Midwestern woman after all.

Inez Deshler Andrick was born March 1, 1897, near the small community of Brooklyn, Missouri. She went to school in a one-room school and only completed up to eighth grade. She was a housewife her entire life: raising two children, John R. and Kathleen, with her husband John. Kathleen was Bruce Williams's mother.

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The heirloom recipe index – an introduction
June 17th, 2010
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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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