For the longest time I would not share any of my family recipes…at all. When people would ask, I would always say no. I felt like I was protecting part of my heritage – these were recipes from my Mamaw and Mama – why should I share them with someone else? Go get your own recipe and leave me alone! It’s MINE! All mine! *Insert crazy, insane laughter here*
And let me just be honest here…I like that people enjoy my cooking. The thought that I would give someone a family recipe so that they could make it themselves didn’t sit well with me – it would mean it was their recipe now and I would no longer get praised for it since they could make it. Man, what a big ole fat head I have. I’m surprised I can fit it through the door.
You know those moments when you hear someone tell a story and you have a moment of clarity? Well, sometimes it takes my moment of clarity to come and visit…my clarity comes when I have time to think on things.
I heard someone tell a story (forgive me, but my Momnesia takes away where I heard the story) about how they had given someone at church a family recipe. The lady had taken a dish to a potluck and someone enjoyed it and asked for the recipe. She gave it willingly. Years later, these two ladies saw each other again and the one explained to the other that she thought of her often because when she used the recipe, it always brought her friend to remembrance.
Do you know something? The original owner of the recipe didn’t even recall giving her friend the recipe – BUT it had made a HUGE impression on the person she gifted it with. Every time she made the dish, she thought of her friend.
WOW! What a legacy to leave behind!
When I realized that leaving my recipes behind was like leaving a legacy, I felt like I should have smacked myself in the head. Why I had been so blind to that all these years? I shared my new knowledge with my Mama and I felt like she wanted to smack me in the head too. She already knew that…that was why she was sharing them with ME.
And so it is that I share my treasured family recipes with you all….I’m leaving my legacy behind. Hopefully when you make a dish, you’ll think of me and my family (insert my big head here again)…when you make that dish, pray for my family. When you make another friend’s dish, pray for her family. THAT is a legacy my friends….
I’ve already shared some of my treasured recipes with you guys, and I have many more left to share. I hope you enjoy them all – and I hope they bless your family.
I’m inviting you to my table – be a part of the Myers family and enjoy our family legacy.
Here are some family favorites that I’ve already shared:
Mom’s Egg Salad