Heart of the Home

| May 2005

A Letter From Kate

Dear Readers,

When I was a young bride, and I lived far from home, I called my mom several times to get recipes from her. She was very helpful and made sure that I had most of my favorite recipes typed on cards before I left home. But I soon realized there were a few I'd forgotten.

I called Mom to get her recipes for tuna casserole and potato salad, but she told me she didn't have any because she just threw things together. She tried giving me the ingredients and directions over the phone, but the finished product just didn't taste like hers.

Now that I've been cooking for many years, I understand that you don't always have to follow a recipe. When making a few classics such as chili and banana bread, I always reach for my Betty Crocker cookbook. However, I've found that I can make foods the way I like them by modifying the recipe. For instance, when I make chili, I use pinto beans instead of kidney beans, and I add more spices and an extra can of tomato sauce that the recipe doesn't call for. With a few small alterations, you can turn a cookbook recipe into your own.

I have a few favorite recipes that I follow to the letter, but I've found that I often fall back on the recipes in my memory. Often, when I'm rushed, and I don't have the time to try a new recipe, I fall back on a tried-and-true, such as French bread pizza, goulash or even Mom's tuna casserole. It seems that the old favorites never fail to make my family happy.

It's funny how even the most simple of our favorite recipes can have a special place in our loved ones' hearts. My husband claims that I make the best grilled cheese sandwiches in the world, and I know that's one thing I can make that will always bring a smile.

mother earth news fair 2018 schedule


Next: June 2-3, 2018
Frederick, MD

Whether you want to learn how to grow and raise your own food, build your own root cellar, or create a green dream home, come out and learn everything you need to know — and then some!


Subscribe today

Capper's FarmerWant to rediscover what made grandma’s house the fun place we all remember? Capper’s Farmer — the newly restored publication from the rural know-how experts at Grit.com — updates the tried-and-true methods your grandparents used for cooking, crafting, gardening and so much more. Subscribe today and discover the joys of homemade living and homesteading insight — with a dash of modern living — that makes up the new Capper’s Farmer.

Save Even More Money with our automatic renewal savings plan!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our automatic renewal savings plan. You save an additional $6 and get 4 issues of Capper's Farmer for only $16.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and I'll pay just $22.95 for a one year subscription!

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Copyright 2018, All Rights Reserved
Ogden Publications, Inc., 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, Kansas 66609-1265