About the Project 

The Heritage Cookbook Project started when my Auntie came for a visit with my folks one summer. As we sat around the picnic table enjoying the summer sun and the smell of dinner on the grill, she and my dad reminisced about life on the farm in Northern Minnesota. I detected a pattern in the stories. They all seem revolved around or had food somewhere within the narrative. And I thought, “you know, there is something here. Food connects us, it recalls our roots, and it brings us to the table to  talk.” So, there you have it. The start of a beautiful, delicious project. I hope you enjoy consuming it as much as I do making it!!

Leigh Olson

Curator of Food Memories & Shared Recipes

Some of my favorite stories

Wild Cranberry Sauce

The recipe that inspired The Heritage Cookbook Project.

Jule Kake

A young girl in a new and strange land.

Plum Pudding

Family of the heart – the family that you choose.

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