About This Project

My Aunt Carol (Giampa) was a life long cook and the holder of my family's culinary traditions. When she passed, her recipe collection came to me. Having learned many of my cooking skills from her and forging traditions of my own, I am honored and challenged to explore the many recipes of her mother and aunts that never made it into my repertoire. Many of these recipes are desserts. This project is an attempt to both memorialize Aunt Carol (or Jumpy as she was known to most others) and explore/test/review these old family recipes. Join me?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Good news!

At least for me! I sorted all of the recipes last night, dessert and not dessert. A good number are not dessert. I'll post those too as I get around to them but they aren't likely to be the train wreck the baking ones are. But! The good news is my aunt was very very smart and wise. She'd promised me that someday she'd write all the old recipes out for me and she did! Complete with INSTRUCTIONS! There is one in particular that we'll get to, Aunt Angie's Apricot Strudel, that really dumbfounded me. But now I can see that there were just VERBS missing. Oh verbs, you silly little action words, how your absence can vex. Chances of a 'success' tag on Angie's Strudel just got much much better.

But before we get to that, a hint about what's next.

Have you ever heard of Galliano?? I hadn't until I started researching our next confection.

Lovely image of a 70s Galliano ad from http://www.postmodernbarney.com. Thanks PostModernBarney!


  1. 1. That is a cup of pee. o.O
    2. Pony glass? I know I need some before I even look up what one is.

  2. The 70s were WEIRD. My aunt's polished copy of the recipe though calls it a "60's Special" hahah.