January 14, 2014

From My Nana's Kitchen // Cherry Cheese Pie

While cleaning out my Nana's home after her passing on the day before Thanksgiving, we found pages and pages of her handwritten recipes, all of which I inherited. These recipes are truly one of the most touching and beautiful gifts that I have ever received, and I plan on cherishing them for the rest of my life. 

On Christmas I wanted to honor my Nana in some way, and I began to flip through the pages of her breads and meats and treats and sides, trying to find a recipe that would be perfect.

As soon as I flipped to her Cheery Cheese Pie recipe, I knew it was "the one" - my grandmother (Nana's daughter ... or, my mom's mother) always makes little Cheery Cheese Tarts for each holiday, and having this Cherry Cheese Pie on Christmas somehow didn't make me feel so far away from home this year.

 CHERRY CHEESE PIE

Ingredients:

1 (9-inch) baked pastry shell or graham cracker crumb crust
1 (8-ounce) package of cream cheese, softened
1 (14-ounce) can of sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup of lemon juice
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 (21-ounce) can of cherry filling

Directions:

1. In a large bowl beat cream cheese until fluffy. 
2. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk until smooth. 
3. Stir in lemon juice and vanilla extract, then pour into prepared pie crust.
4. Chill for three hours or until set. Top with cherry filling right before serving.


I plan on typing up my Nana's recipes to create a recipe book, and preserving her handwritten recipes somewhere safe. Has anyone done this before, or does anyone have any tips or tricks or services that I should consider when creating my recipe book?

xo,
Kym

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    1. It definitely was! Very light and delicious :) Thanks for stopping by! xo

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    1. Hahaha you knowwww I ate that thing ;) Sorry Charlie. Next time (first time?) I'm in Chicago you'll be the first to know.

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  3. Oh my this looks so delicious and easy to make, cant wait to give it a try, my fiance loves cheesecakes, pies or anything with cheese!

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    1. If you give it a try let me know! TJ is the same way - any dessert is a "go" in his book! Good thing I bake better than I can cook ;)

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  4. Holy mother of cherries and cream cheese. This looks amazing.

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  5. What a beautiful thing to have! I went through my boyfriend's mom's recipe collection and organized them for her as a birthday gift. I used 3-ring binders and page protectors to simply slide in her 8.5x11 recipes she got offline. For their grandmother's handwritten recipes, I taped them to a larger piece of paper so it would fit. Looking back, I wish I had framed a few instead as art in her kitchen.

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    1. I absolutely LOVE the idea of framing them for kitchen art. Thank you so much for passing along the idea, I cannot wait to do this <3

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    1. It was so delish! Let me know if you ever give it a try :)

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  7. That sounds like a wonderful idea! And this cheesecake... man, your Nana knew what she was doing!

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  8. This looks amazing. And how awesome to have a piece of Nana with you for the holidays :)

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    1. I agree :) I wish that we had one last Thanksgiving and Christmas with her this year ... and I wish that I took time to appreciate my last one with her last year. Le sigh.

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  9. I think framing some would be great pieces to have in the kitchen. Other than that, I would definitely copy them and put the originals in a fire proof safe or safety deposit box. But this pie looks delicious!

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    1. I LOVE THE IDEA OF FRAMING! You're like a walking talking Pinterest board!! I will certainly be putting the originals in the safety deposit box, and I can't wait to make copies and frame them for the kitchen. Thanks so much for the idea!!

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  10. Aw this looks so delicious! My mom typed up all of hers and my grandma's recipes in a recipe book and found some cute dividers at Michael's. I loveee making recipes from it - they're so much more special than random Pinterest recipes.

    Your photos are beautiful!

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    1. Thanks buddy, I've been practicing with my camera ;) I definitely hope to have all of the recipes typed up and created into cookbooks for my moms, sisters, meme and auntie for Christmas next year!!

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  11. If the writing on the recipe cards is clear enough, I would take pictures of each recipe and then make a Shutterfly Recipe Book album. That way you can put in the pictures of the recipes and photos of family/the food. It would be a really special way to preserve it and then you can order a bunch for other family members as gifts =)

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    1. I will definitely be checking Shutterfly out - that is a fabulous idea, thank you so much for sharing it!! I know the ladies in my family would be so touched by receiving Nana's recipes.

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  12. This looks delicious! When my great-grandmother passed away, one of my aunts scanned a bunch of her handwritten recipes and had the documents put on discs for all of us. I also like Dollie's idea above!

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    1. ​I love that idea!! I'm toying with the idea of typing them up and creating cookbooks for all of the ladies in my family for Christmas. Good thing I have 11 months to get my act together ;)​

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  13. Oh my goodness!! This looks amazing. My best friends Grandma typed out all the recipes and bound them in a huge book for her.

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    1. That is so, so beautiful Ellen! I definitely want to make this a little side project and have the book done in 10 or so months so I can order it and have it as gifts for the ladies in our family :)

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  14. this looks so good, and such a great tribute to your grandmother!

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    1. Ohhhh, my thighs and belly can attest to its goodness ;)

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  15. Ohhhh holy WOW. I want this.
    I think having recipes as part of your memories of her are a lovely touch too :).

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    1. I do, too! I always remember her baking pies and cookies for the holidays, and I'm so glad that I can continue that tradition!!

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  16. This is so touching! I hope you find the perfect way to preserve these beautiful memories. Thank you for sharing :)

    http://neatly-packaged.blogspot.com/

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    1. And thank you for commenting! I think I'm going to copy and frame a few, and then put together a cookbook for all of the ladies in my family for Christmas :)

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  17. This looks SO delicious! And I love that it's a family legacy as well. Delicious and meaningful!

    Alison, http://lavieambrose.blogspot.com/

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    1. I agree! Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Alison! xo

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    1. Ohhhhhh my butt and thighs agree that it was ;)

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  19. My 89 year old great aunt got a recipe book and wrote tons of her recipes in it for my wedding shower gift. It was one of my favorite, if not most favorite, gifts. Handwritten family recipes are so special.

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    1. That sounds SO beautiful, Kelley!!! My heart is so full reading that!! :)

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  20. so jealous that you found your grandmother's recipes! my grandma passed away in july and our whole family regrets not having her pen her recipes for us now. her cherry cheese pie looks SO good!

    xo.
    jenn @ hello, rigby!

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    1. Can you believe that they were on their way into the trash? Someone thought they were just notes and I scooped them up so fast! They are such a treasure :)

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  21. This looks so yummy, reminds me of a pie one of my cousins used to make for family reunions :)

    I have to 2nd/3rd a lot of the suggestions -- I was going to suggest having a printed book made (shutterfly or adoramapix.com perhaps?) and I love the idea of framing some of her recipes to display in the kitchen. Definitely store a backup of the typed ones online somewhere + store the originals somewhere safe from fire/water damage!

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    1. I sooo agree, I never would have thought to frame them in the kitchen - they will look so beautiful in vintage frames!!! I will be placing the originals in the safety deposit box, and I have a little project for the next 10 months to type them up and make them into books for all the ladies in our family :)

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  22. I'm not a huge canned cherry fan but this looks heavenly!

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    1. I know! To be honest, I really wasn't either and I considered making the cherry topping myself, but I took the lazy Jane way out!!

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