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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.

Wine-Tasting Lasagna

Our annual Wiley Wine Tasting, usually held on Christmas evening, has been a tradition since 1987.

We select a type of wine, and each person visiting my parents' home brings a bottle. Between family members and guests, about 12 adults sample 10 to 12 wines. Not everyone agrees which wine is best, but we almost always agree which is worst! Then, we enjoy a meal together and pour glasses of our favorites. We prefer red wines, so we often select an easy pasta dish, like this lasagna, for dinner; that way, Mom (a teetotaler who quaffs orange pop) doesn't have to work too hard.

PUTTING IT TOGETHER

The journaling that accompanies scrapbook pages becomes a form of family storytelling. Try one of our scrapbook projects, or assemble one scrapbook for everyone to page through at the next family event. Either way, expect the memories you jot down to generate conversations among your family members —maybe even inspire lighthearted debates! That's the fun part.

Wine-Tasting Lasagna

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