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Recipe Roundup with the Idaho Humanities Council

Our friends a the Idaho Humanities Council have announced a recipe roundup program. Please see their following letter to learn more.

“A recipe is a story that ends with a good meal.” Pat Conroy

When a family recipe is passed down from one generation to another, it can become so much more than a meal. Beyond a list of ingredients and cooking methods, it can tell a story and evoke the feeling of home. During this time of change, people are staying home and no longer eating out as frequently as before. Cooking dinner and spending a lot of quality time with our families is becoming our every day existence.

Cookbooks. Recipe card boxes. Torn out pages from a magazine. We all have those in our kitchen in a specific location where they won’t get lost. Some are written on with “good” or “yummy” and some are handwritten by your grandma or great-uncle. Some have ingredients that are no longer deemed edible and some are laughable (lime Jell-O and carrot infused square suggested to be served on an iceberg lettuce leaf).

Since most of us are cooking from home these days, we wondered what recipes are you using? We want to hear from you about your favorite recipes, what you love about them, and especially what the history is or what the recipe means to you. Where did your grandmother’s apple pie come from? How did your mom make Halushki? What was that special ingredient in grandpa’s barbecue sauce?

Please send your recipes and the stories behind them to Debra Schlechte, IHC Office Manager, at and we will share them on our website. We would love to see photos of the finished dish, the cooking process, and even the original recipe card!