Family Heritage – Saving Family Recipes




Do you remember watching grandma or an older aunt retrieving favorite recipes from her recipe box when you were young?  Maybe you have fond memories of large family meals, fun times anticipating the delicious food tempting your taste buds as the aromas wafted from the tiny kitchen?

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Have family members often lamented about how no one is exactly sure whatever happened to some or all of those recipes?  Or maybe one person was able to save most of them, but no one is sure of the best way to share them with everyone?

Preserving those famous favorite family recipes and passing them down to future generations is a beautiful way to continue a tradition of preserving family heritage and history through food and fond memories.  Dish Dish provides a way for families to do just that (especially made easy with our Digital Recipe Album package).

Members can set up an account and password, enter recipes themselves (or recruit other family members to help with the entering and typing process), complete with notes, references, and photos.  Then invite other family members to access and share the recipes with their own account on Dish Dish (this allows the option of saving the recipe to their own account and editing it a bit – if their family likes to make it just a little bit differently); or choose to keep the recipes private (and even with private recipes, members can choose to share a link to their “cookbook” – allowing only invited people to view those recipes).

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We are excited to offer such a wonderful tool for helping families preserve their heritage, traditions, and recipes in a way that is easy to share and enjoy with extended family around the world any time through the website and iPad/iPhone App.

So, don’t delay!  Set up your free account to get started digitizing those recipes into a digital cookbook and preserve family traditions before they are lost.  (And if the thought of all that typing scares you, set up a Pro Account and we’ll do the typing for you – simply take a picture or scan your recipes and fax, email, or mail to us; or take advantage of our Digital Recipe Album – we’ll send a postage paid envelope for you to mail your recipe collection to us and we’ll type them all in for you and then send them back with digital access and downloadable PDF).

Happy Dishin’!

Pre-Packaged Frozen or Homemade Meals?

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Does it seem easiest to simply load up with frozen meal options while at Costco or Sam’s Club instead of preparing a simple fresh made meal for the family?  While this definitely saves you time in the kitchen — wouldn’t you be happy to provide a fresh cooked meal for you and your family if you could see how simple it could be to prepare?  It would even save you a little money in the end, and you would know your family was eating better (not ingesting all of the preservatives and chemical ingredients listed on the packages of most pre-packaged meals).

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So, here are a couple of ideas.  If you often pick up the Stouffer’s Lasagna frozen package, consider this Pepperoni Lasagna as an option instead, for a homemade delicious flavor and less than an hour to have it on the table.  Okay, so maybe this is a dish for an evening when you will not be running off to school or sports activities right after work, since it is a little more time-consuming.  Another option is putting together the Slow Cooker Lasagna ingredients in the morning and set it to cook all afternoon, so it’s ready to eat when you get home.  For either of these options, while the lasagna finishes cooking, take a few minutes to toss an easy salad together along with some fresh bread, if desired.  And voila! A meal the whole family can enjoy (with the main dish only costing just over a dollar per serving).

Chicken Pot Pie is another common frozen meal staple – such as Marie Callender’s individual frozen pot pies.  But for only about a dollar per serving, and in less than 40 minutes, you can prepare a delicious chicken pot pie dish for the whole gang, and even tweak it to suit your particular tastes (i.e. the types of vegetables added or crust used).  Try either of these: Easy Chicken Pot Pie (made with a Bisquick crust and 5 simple ingredients) or Chicken Pot Pie (uses crescent roll dough or refrigerated pie crust for quick crust).

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Setting up your free account with Dish Dish, allows you to save all your favorite recipes (from a kitchen drawer or clipped from magazines or saved from grandma’s recipe box) in an online digital cookbook where you can easily add photos, edit any time, create your shopping list for the week, download as a PDF, share with family and friends easily through FB, Twitter, G+, email and more.  Download the App for even easier access to your recipes and shopping list.

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Leave us a comment below about which frozen meals you’re most tempted to buy at the store and what types of things might make it easier for you to consider cooking more meals at home.