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Photos are one way to preserve favorite family memories, but Carole Murko ’83, founder of Heirloom Meals, says it can be just as powerful to record our family history through the recipes, rituals and stories linked to shared meals. Here, she shows us how.

GO BACK IN TIME. “Picture yourself when you were younger, and the smells that came out of the kitchen,” Murko says. “Many people don’t think they have these memories, but give it a minute, and the floodgates will open. Maybe your parents didn’t really cook, but they made a particular thing every Sunday night, for example.”

REACH OUT. “Call your mom and your relatives, and get them to send recipes. Have them tell you about the recipes and tell the stories that are linked to them,” she says. “We think that everyone will be around forever, but they won’t be. Ask these questions now.”

WRITE IT DOWN. You don’t need to be a Pulitzer-worthy author. Even a series of bullet points can tell a story. The bigger idea is to add context to the recipes you’ve collected. “If your mom
made apple pie, how did you feel? What were the smells? Do you remember what kind of rolling pin she used? All the details surrounding a recipe will really connect you to your past,” Murko says.

ONLINE: heirloommeals.com

SAQ, Fall 2016