Family History Through Food:
I have always loved shopping estate sales because it is a treasure hunt and you never know what you will find. But I also walk away from most of them feeling a little sad. Many times there are what I consider “family heirlooms” sitting forlornly in a pile with a $3 price tag attached.
Perhaps there are no heirs for these family treasures to be passed on to. Most times however, I think the surviving family members just don’t see the value in the pieces their relative held so dear.
I like to think that some of those treasures (such as family garden photos, hand written recipe books, or even a well worn china cup) will find new life in my home and will be valued again.
Recently, I discovered a stack of hand written canning recipes tucked inside a box I was purchasing at an estate sale. The family didn’t want them and said they were going to throw out the recipes with box.
I actually knew the woman who wrote these recipes. She had been a neighbor who kept mostly to herself.
But now, I feel as if I know her all over again because I see she had an affinity for tomato marmalade and canned pears.