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Recipe-inspired Scrapbooks

Recipes and traditions find their way onto scrapbook pages as our staff shares treasured family recipes. Produced by Diana McMillen and Faith Berven, scrapbooking by Patricia Anderson, food photographs by Robert Jacobs.

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    We chose an updated vintage look for <br>our holiday recipe scrapbook design. <br>We created both individual pages that fit <br>into a scrapbook and stand-alone<br> scrapbooking projects. For Senior Food <br>Editor Diana McMillen's scrapbook, we <br>used patterned paper and fabric paper,<br> dressed up with ribbon and buttons<br> sewn right to the page. (To save time,<br> glue the buttons to the pages.)
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    We started with a blank spiral-bound <br>book and added Creative Director <br>Geri Boesen's family photos, the story <br>about the casserole and the recipe. <br>Machine-stitching gives her pages a <br>homemade touch.
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    Card stock and papers with edges cut <br>with pinking scissors or freehand <br>with regular scissors spiffed up this<br> page for Assistant Home Editor Sara <br>Reimer. We repeated the buttons and color<br> theme, plus added a flat flower<br> and a hat pin. A copy of the original <br>handwritten recipe (on archival-safe <br>paper) adds a personal touch.
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    A decorated tag holder turns into a <br>sweet remembrance. Tucked inside <br>is the card with the fudge recipe from <br>Copy Chief Kendra L. Williams. The <br>story of her holiday tradition appears on <br>the back side of the recipe.
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    Pearl brads hold a strip of lace in place <br>and add a touch of elegance to this <br>page for Assistant Travel Editor Hannah<br> Agran. Frame photographs on a paper<br> background, or set them in a <br>purchased frame.
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    Memories from Garden Editor Deb <br>Wiley's annual family get-together fill <br>this accordion book. Casual family <br>photos work well in these formats. <br>Offset them with paper that blends <br>with the setting or season.
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    Lace plays a big part in our last<br> scrapbook page for Associate Art <br>Director Faith Berven. The purchased <br>lace flowers and lace trim along the<br> bottom add a layer of texture to the <br>page. The actual recipe page becomes <br>an accent for the page and a <br>background for the food photo.

Easy Fudge

Every Christmas, no matter what I do, I have the same problem. I try to make Grandma's recipe for fudge, and the taste and texture never turn out the way I remember them. The recipe seems simple enough: milk chocolate, chocolate chips, lots of sugar, some marshmallow creme. But this fudge was special. Grandma and Grandpa (on Mom's side: Ed and Lottie Legutko) kept it in round plastic bins in their cold attic, separated by layers of plastic wrap. Just the thought of it was enough to make me sneak away from my Christmas toys and creep up the stairs of Grandma and Grandpa's house in Lackawanna, New York. I could eat two —sometimes even three —pieces at a time. The recipe, which was little more than a list of ingredients, really, started with Babci (which we pronounced "Bushie," but everyone knew we meant Great-Grandma Tekla Szuba). Grandma and Grandpa cooked the fudge together, because the thicker the hot fudge gets, the harder it is to stir. Grandpa used arms strengthened by years in the steel mills to help with that. My attempts only lived up to my memories once: in 2003, the year Mom and I made it together.

START COLLECTING

Save items for future scrapbooking projects as you come across them: family photos, ribbon, old buttons and an original family recipe written by Grandma. For more ideas and supplies, sift through the options at a local scrapbooking supplier or crafts supply store. Several websites offer scrapbooking ideas as well; for starters, check out Scrapbooks Etc. magazine, our sister publication, at www.bhgscrapbooksetc.com.

Easy Fudge

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