The decision to spend time creating a family recipe book did not come without hesitation. There are two commitments to be made when writing a cookbook. The first is a commitment of time to dedicate to gathering the information, and the second is the commitment to the decisions to make when deciding which recipes to highlight. During a terrible cold snap in the winter after my mother’s death in 2017, I set out to paint the kitchen pantry. That plan was derailed as I began removing all the cookbooks I had seen and used since my childhood. Rather than open the paint can, I carried the books to the dining room table and began perusing the hundreds of wonderful items she and I cooked together over the years.