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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.

Agran Family Rugalach

When Grandma and Grandpa retired from L.A. to Orange County, she decided to stop cooking. I miss eating in Grandma Sel's kitchen—especially French toast puffed golden under the broiler—but we still make some of her best recipes. Rugalach tops the list.

Dad remembers Grandma rolling the dough into crescents for parties in the 1950s. I imagine her in A-line skirts, serving cookies by the orange tree in her California backyard. A chocoholic to the core, Sel never messed with fruit fillings. Cinnamon-chocolate was her signature flavor.

And it still is. When I'm at Mom and Dad's house in Cincinnati, Mom and I make rugalach for Hanukkah. It's a funny tradition, since Grandma's not even religious. But Hanukkah celebrates miracles, so as I think about her life —the daughter of Romanian immigrants living out the American Dream —it somehow makes sense. When we light the menorah, we say a simple prayer: "Blessings on our home, our family and our friends." Nothing fancy, but it always gives me shivers. Maybe because, like rugalach, it's a Grandma Sel original.

Agran Family Rugalach Recipe



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