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.

Mashed Potato
Roast Chicken
chicken noodle soup

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


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.

Recipes and Results

Last week was the beginning of 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. Starting this week, we’ll have a look at the responses, and share recipes like the ones that inspired those memories. Thanks to everyone that has taken the questionnaire. This week we are sharing a respondent named Britt’s answers.

Barbecue Chicken

Banana Pudding

Mildred’s Sour Cream Pound Cake

We hope you’ll take The Madeleine Questionnaire, too. We respect your privacy and your time. You only have to answer the questions you want, you don’t need to submit your name, and you can choose to keep your answers private.

The featured image has nothing to do with the post, but I took it on vacation last week and thought it was a nice sunset.

The Madeleine Questionnaire

A recent email exchange with my friend Lauren Zalaznick and Gloria, her 90 year old mother, got me thinking about how many wonderful memories and stories revolve around families cooking and eating together. The recent post on this blog, The Story of the Shvartze Skovoroda, is just one example of this. I had asked Lauren if it would be okay to her mom to write a guest post for this blog, and her suggestion was to do a Q&A.

The result of this colloquy is The Madeleine Questionnaire. which you can take below. A madeleine is a shell shaped French cookie. You can find them in lots of places now, including your local Starbucks. The cookie is famous for having set in motion Marcel Proust’s three volume novel, A La Recherche du Temps Perdu, commonly translated as Remembrance of Things Past, but more literally In Search of Lost Time. The text is set in motion by the narrator’s childhood sense memory of the petite madeleine’s smell and taste. We got to thinking that many of us have these origin stories, these archetypal moments that mean something to us and help shape us. Let’s give some prompts so that we can get a sense of the richness and variation of these memories.

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. If you choose to take the questionnaire, you only have to answer the questions you want to. And, please remember to scroll down to the bottom of the questionnaire and hit Submit, so that your answers are saved.

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.

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