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Favorite Family Recipes - Homemade Memories Recipe Contest

Every family has that favorite dish. But if your elderly loved one is no longer able to cook, you may not have had that special recipe for a while.

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Homemade MemoriesSM Recipe Contest

Maybe it's Mom's spaghetti and meatballs. Perhaps it's Grandma's apple strudel or Dad's chili. Every family has that favorite dish. But if your elderly loved one is no longer able to cook, you may not have had that special recipe for a while.

Many of you have pulled out the cookbook, retrieved that favorite recipe, and shared it with us. View the winning submissions on Facebook!

The winning entries have been published in the Homemade Memories Cookbook, now available for purchase for the 2011 holiday season. Proceeds will go to the non-profit Home Instead® Foundation to benefit North American seniors.

The contest is part of the Craving Companionship program, launched to help seniors stay connected socially and eat more nutritiously. Tips and practical advice promote geriatric health. Research conducted for the Home Instead network reveals that the biggest mealtime challenge for older people who live alone is lack of the shared family experience including companionship.*

*The Home Instead network completed 600 telephone interviews with seniors age 75 and older in the U.S. and 400 in Canada, excluding Quebec, who live alone in their own homes or apartments. The U.S. sampling error is +/−4.0% at a 95% confidence level. The Canadian sampling error is +/−4.9% at a 95% confidence level.

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Last revised: June 21, 2011

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  1. December 9, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Posted by Lisa Tye

    My cookbook just arrived and my Aunt Judy's lemon poundcake is in it...I am so excited! Thanks!! It is a beautiful cookbook and will stay in my family!!


  2. November 3, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Posted by Eva Robbins

    When I was a very small child, my family lived in the mountains of Virginia. I remember my mother getting up very early to start breakfast for my 5 older brothers, my daddy, and me. She cooked on a wood burning stove, and while her stove was getting hot, she gathered her eggs, went out to the smokehouse to cut slices of bacon from the big slab that was there, my father had butchered a hog the fall before, and the meat got us through the winter. She could make up her homemade biscuit dough, fry her bacon, scramble the eggs, and then make the most delicious gravy from the fresh bacon grease that you have ever tasted. And of course, there was always some cooked apples, that she had canned in the fall, those wonderful apples came from one of our apple trees. And she did all of this, on a wood burning stove. There were no oven degrees to set, no burners to turn up or down, just that little wood burning stove. And the most remarkable thing about the whole process, was that all that she had prepared was ready to put on the table at the same time. She did it all without a timer, a measuring spoon or a microwave. In my mind, this truly is a Homemade Memory.


  3. August 1, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Posted by terry krueger

    I can remember as far back as being 11 yrs old and running thru the dinning(im 53 now)room and always getting told not to run in the house, as my mother was making her homemade egg noodles and how she would roll out her pasta dough on large sheets of wax paper and lay the sheets of dough over the backs of the chairs to dry.The smell of warm yeast would fill the kitchen and I would watch my mother walk thru and check each sheet of dough to see if it was dry enough to cut into strips and fix for dinner that night, these noodles were always used for her swedish meatballs. To this day my mother doesnt know I learned to make her noodles just from watching her. Hers were always better.


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