Wednesday, December 13, 2023

GenFriends Genealogy Chat Show: Celebrating Family with Food Traditions

The panel, Melissa Barker, Dan Earl, Laura Hedgecock, Mary Kircher Roddy, and I share stories about their favorite holiday recipes.

Watch as we discuss how different food traditions bring back memories and can cause contention about the "right" way to make certain traditional dishes! LOL!

We also got a few to share from those who couldn't be with us when we recorded. 

Do you have a special recipe that reminds you of a family or a special event?

We'd love for you to share the story and recipe with us! 

Cheri's Ramachi Recipe:


Serves: 24


2 cans water chestnuts

1 pound bacon

1 1/2 cups ketchup

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

1/4 cup pineapple juice

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


Wrap chestnuts in bacon and secure with a toothpick. Mix other ingredients. Dip bacon and nuts in sauce. Cook @ 350 for 45 minutes.

From Mary:

Elinor’s Dish

Serves 4.  Double recipe for 6.  Triple for 8.

 1 T flour

1 1/8 t salt

1/8 t pepper

1lb round steak

¼ c salad oil or fat

2 c sliced peeled onions

½ minced, peeled garlic clove

1 t curry powder

1 beef bouillon cube

1 c boiling water

1/c canned tomato juice

Combine flour, salt and pepper.  Roll beef in it.  Heat 2 t fat in a skillet or dutch oven.  Brown meat on all sides.  Add 2 T fat, onions and garlic.  Saute lightly.  Sprinkle curry overall.  Add a bullion cube and water.  Cover and simmer for 1 ¼ hours.  Add tomato juice before serving.

Serve over rice.  Ad ¼ raisins to rice.


Chutney, peanuts, coconut, grated orange rind, candied ginger, bananas, crushed pineapple, chopped cranberries

Links in this episode:

Melissa Barker-Family Tree Webinar

Family Gatherings: Dragging Genealogy Information Out of Your Family by Melissa Barker (PDF Edition)

Laura shares the recipe for Hermit Bars!

And her post: Recipe for Posterity: Family Food Traditions

Terri O'Connell-Family Recipe Friday-Romops


Sharing Traditional Family Recipes-GenFriends 2020

And don't forget to add your recipe to 

The Rootstech Global Family Recipes Cookbook!

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