Sugar cookies recipe
Photo: AP/Larry Crowe
Teens can use their creativity to bring families and friends together in productive ways. One way to accomplish this is by creating a cookbook full of family favorites. Often times family recipes are lost with the relative who created the dish, and we never ask for the recipe until it is too late. Sometimes relatives move away or pass on, and teens can become the keeper of the family heritage in this way.
First your teen show make a conscious effort to write down the favorite recipes of the family. Each family member can chose a favorite recipe and pass this information on to your teen. Find an old notebook to collect the recipes or write on notebook paper to begin. Then all the recipes can be transferred to file cards to be kept in a file folder, or if your teen is computer-savvy (which most teens these days are), they can keep the recipes on a computer file and burn the finished recipe book onto a CD. This can be a year-long project, collecting and then presenting them to family members for an end of the year holiday, a family member who is going away to college, or any family or friends who are moving away.
Teens can teach this skill to young family members, so that this tradition can pass down to another generation. Nashville public high schools are gifted with wonderful culinary arts programs; recipe collecting may spark an interest in your teen to become a professional baker or chef.