Thanksgiving and the Madeleine Questionnaire

Congratulations, if you are reading this, you have successfully made it through another Thanksgiving! Dishes at our table were a combination of the traditional and contemporary. Since we had a small gathering this year, and only half were carnivores, I made a butterflied turkey breast rather than a whole bird. I cut it into two pieces, marinating one half with a sweet chili sauce and the other half with a sesame dressing. And, to free up oven space, I grilled them!

What was at your table? Did one of the dishes bring back a surge of memories like Proust’s Madeleine?

If so, I invite you to take The Madeleine Questionnaire. I hope that it brings back a flood of good memories for you, including the tastes and smells of your past.As the stories are told to us through The Madeleine Questionnaire, we’ll share them with you. Even if you don’t answer any of the questions in writing, maybe you’ll have a few moments where your memories are jogged and you get to recover a taste, a smell, or even a feeling that is from and of your past.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE MADELEINE QUESTIONNAIRE.

Now that you are thinking about those old memories, grab that recipe card box you inherited. Look through those recipes and see what memories they evoke. If you still have some time left over, add a few to ReciFoto!


Is there something you eat now that evokes your childhood?

A couple of months ago, we started The Madeleine Questionnaire, in which you are prompted to recollect some of your eating and cooking memories. Many responses have been submitted, and you can still do it by clicking HERE. Let’s have a look at some of the answers to our question: Is there something you eat now that evokes your childhood? Is there anything on this list that resonates with you?

As you can see, there are a lot of different foods that trigger our respondents’ childhood memories! Did any of the dishes listed above bring back remembrances for you?  If so, take a few minutes and answer The Madeleine Questionnaire by clicking HERE.

I’m not going to play favorites with people’s memories and cherry pick a few recipes from ReciFoto. Since most of the respondents are ReciFoto users, I invite you instead use the ReciFoto app or to go to www.recifoto.com and search for the recipes that intrigue you, or evoke your memories.

I will, however, share my mom’s jelly cookies recipe. She is still making them at age 86, and they never fail to please, or bring back my childhood memories.

 

From Crepes to Pierogis

It’s hard to believe but a month has gone by since the last installment of this blog. Between travel (Cartagena, Washington DC/Monticello/Montpelier) and a prolonged nor’easter related power failure, it’s been a crazy and often fun four weeks.

This week we bring the second installment of The Madeleine Questionnaire response and recipes series, based on the responses of Pam, who has a particularly rich and detailed set of answers to our questions. If you don’t know what The Madeleine Questionnaire is, you can read about it HERE.
And now, for the recipes. As a disclaimer, the recipes below are not Pam’s recipes, but come from those submitted by ReciFoto users, but that feel like they might not be to far afield from those Pam’s family made.

Crepes
Mashed Potato
Roast Chicken
chicken noodle soup

sour cream meat balls (with a bonus- quick budget stretcher)

Piergois

Thanks, Pam, for sharing your memories. If you get to read this and have your original recipes to share, let me know.

Do you have memories of eating and cooking that you would like to share? Then, please take The Madeleine Questionnaire! Click HERE to start.