(Family Features) - Summer is a great time for families to come together, catch up with each other and to remember old times. And of course it's a great time to enjoy delicious food.
There are a lot of ways to commemorate a family reunion, but one of my favorites is with a family cookbook. What a fun way to share not just family recipes, but family traditions and memories, too.
Here are a few tips to help you start a family cookbook:
- Contact everyone several weeks in advance. Have them send in three to five of their favorite family recipes.
- Ask them to share stories about the recipes - how Aunt May used to pick the plums from her own tree for her famous plum jelly; or the time you tried to make Dad's birthday cake with whole eggs - shells included!
- Arrange the recipes by type - Main Dish, Desserts, etc. - and make enough copies for everyone.
- You can make a simple cookbook with a three-ring binder or have it bound at a copy center.
If you're looking for a recipe that will wow the family, try this Peaches & Cream Gelatin Delight. It's a cool and refreshing dessert made with pineapple gelatin, cream cheese, evaporated milk and a vanilla cookie crust.
Don't forget to include the recipe in your family cookbook as a new family favorite!
For more family friendly recipes for your gathering, visit www.VeryBestBaking.com.
Jenny Harper is Senior Culinary Specialist for the Nestlé Test Kitchens and VeryBestBaking.com.