Timeless Recipe Legacies

Framed family recipes

shorthand, cursive scrawl

envelopes, notescraps, swatches

stained, torn, ripped, dog-eared

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family relics

recipes from ancestors

hand-written visits

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ageless breaths, voices

transcending generations

whispers from heaven

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timeless apron strings

roots of our family tree

stirring presences

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priceless script heirlooms

iambic kitchen memoirs

eternity’s spoons

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invisible pasts

emerging in the sauces

delectable worlds

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I’m cooking tonight

guess who’s coming to dinner?

they’ve already been

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Special thanks to Two Writing Teachers
at Slice of Life

4 Replies to “Timeless Recipe Legacies”

  1. WOW~your word choice is powerful! Your last line…perfection!
    Thanks for sharing and reminding me how my grandma and great-grandma before us didn’t google and see directions on a screen. They copied it down from newspapers and magazines and even clipped and saved. Priceless scripted heirlooms indeed!

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  2. Oh, Kim. Every line is hauntingly beautiful and soul-stirring. Delectable in their won right. Long ago lives again, here in your haiku and certainly on your table, soon! What an homage to the generations gone before us, and a testimony to the power of writing things down…

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  3. “hand-written visits” is a gorgeous image. I imagine you reminiscing as you touch the past through the food you make in the present. I don’t have family recipes. My mom rarely cooked. My stepmother’s cooking was icky and limited by commodity food; there’s only so much you can do with that. But I do have recipes I’ve made for many years, including the fudge recipe I acquired in 1982 from the home economics department at my first teaching job. That one is special. I’ve passed it on to many students and colleagues.

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