shorthand, cursive scrawl
envelopes, notescraps, swatches
stained, torn, ripped, dog-eared
recipes from ancestors
ageless breaths, voices
whispers from heaven
timeless apron strings
roots of our family tree
priceless script heirlooms
iambic kitchen memoirs
emerging in the sauces
I’m cooking tonight
guess who’s coming to dinner?
they’ve already been
4 Replies to “Timeless Recipe Legacies”
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!
We really are blessed to have the internet – especially Pinterest – as a way to search recipes. Thank you for reading and commenting today 🙂
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…
“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.