Note From Michelle Pederson-Tomes:
When my sister asked me to work on a cookbook of our mom's recipes, I
was reluctant to say the least. I had two small children who took up
most of my time and creative energy. I could not conceive of putting
together a cookbook without completely losing my mind. It took me
several years to even settle into the concept. Not my sister Lori,
she has always thought this was a good idea and has encouraged me all
It wasn't until I got a home computer and color printer that I finally
felt like this was possible. My husband and children don't always
understand why I'm always on the computer changing pictures or adding
recipes, or why I'm constantly e-mailing my sister to ask her one more
question. Now that they have seen the final product, I think they
finally understand what all the fuss was about.
We haven't done this alone by any means. With the help of our
family and friends, we have tested recipes, had them print the books, and
asked questions on cooking methods and recipe quantities. A lot of
the recipes had never been written down. We definitely could not
have done this without their help.
This hasn't been an easy process. I have shed many tears over the
loss of my mother and that she isn't here to see what we have done in her
honor. I really did not understand the magnitude of who she was
until we started this book. Many people that knew her have been very
favorable to our book. She was at her best when she was cooking and
planning parties. It was her passion. Her friends and family
were extremely lucky to have had her to bring us all together through her
Although I like experimenting with new recipes, I still enjoy the
traditional ones as well. It helps me to feel connected to my family
roots. My daughters also enjoy cooking. They have already won
blue ribbons for their baked goods. My husband likes to try out new
recipes. Cooking together is definitely part of our family life.
A quote by Harriet Van Horne sums up the way our family feels about
cooking. It reads: "Cooking is like Love. It should be
entered into with abandon or not at all."