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Holiday Cookbook Printing Deadlines

xmas_table1The holidays are right around the corner and family cookbooks make a great gift for family and friends – and it is the busiest time for Family Cookbook Project in terms of printing cookbooks for families.

If you plan to have your cookbooks printed by us and received by Christmas, the deadline to order and make payment is Friday, November 30th. There will be an extended deadline, but expedited shipping will be required. Let us know if we can help!

If you need your family cookbook for Hanukkah (December 2), the print deadline is Monday, November 12th.

For those of you who want to share their cookbook at Thanksgiving, your print deadline is Thursday, November 1st.

So get your contributors to submit their final recipes and start reviewing everything to get your cookbook ready to print before the holiday deadline to have a wonderful family heirloom to share for generations.

Holidays are the Best Time to Start a Family Cookbook

FamilyEatingTo most of us, the year-end holidays are a time of family, friends and a lot of food.  While these times can be hectic with all of the running around that needs to be done, it is also the best time to start a family cookbook project says one expert.

“Many of the family holiday traditions start in the kitchen and center around the meals we serve our family and guests at this time of the year, says William Rice, Founder and Co-Publisher of the Great Family Cookbook Project. “What better way to celebrate our family food traditions than to preserve them for future generations in a family cookbook. There is no better time to start planning a family cookbook than over a wonderful meal during the holidays”.

A successful family cookbook needs at least one dedicated individual to lead the project as editor. This person gets the project off the ground and invites family members to contribute recipes.  Once a labor intensive task, now families are using the Internet to simplify the project.  “A website, such as www.familycookbookproject.com, can provide step by step instructions and tools to help the family member serving as cookbook editor to contact others and encourage them to enter their favorite recipes directly into the online system,” says  Rice “The editor then simply reviews and edits the recipes, selects printing options, and sends the cookbook to be printed.  The finished printed cookbooks are received in a few weeks time and can be enjoyed and preserved forever.”

Here are some tips from Familycookbookproject.com to help make your family’s personalized cookbook a success:

Start talking about the project over dinner – Enjoying the food and dishes we love while being asked to contribute recipes will make the value of the project more real and worthwhile.

Have a sign up list for those who want to participate – Get everyone’s telephone number and email address in one place. This will help when it is time to be in contact with them over the project.

Pass out recipe forms after the meal – Having printed recipe forms lets people know what they need to provide and shows them how little work contributing will be.

Invite everyone to participate – Don’t just invite the family cooks. Everyone has at least one recipe that they can contribute to the cookbook. Use email to invite and stay in touch with contributors. Let them see what others have submitted to encourage them to keep adding their best recipes.

Set a deadline – Set a deadline one or two month in the future to have all of your recipes submitted. Most people work better if they know they face a hard deadline. If you don’t have enough recipes at the deadline, you can always extend it.

Keep in touch – After the holidays, keep in touch with everyone via email. Send regular updates and let then know who is participating and who is not.  Set a goal to have every family member contribute at least one recipe so they can be listed in the list of contributors.

Consider using a Website, like Familycookbookproject.com, to help organize your family cookbook. Here are just some of the benefits of www.FamilyCookbookProject.com:

– Editors can send contributors an email to invite them to participate in the family cookbook.  The site also makes it easy to send regular updates by email to some or all of the contributors.

– Allows individuals to enter their recipes directly into the online family cookbook so it does not fall entirely on the editor.

– Provides an easy way to share recipes online. Contributors have access to everyone’s recipes even before the final family cookbook is printed.

– Provides many options for recipe layout and cover selections or allows you to create your own cover.

Family cookbooks are an important way to preserve our mealtime traditions for future generations. With the passing of our loved ones comes the loss of treasured food traditions. A family cookbook ensures that the recipes from one generation can be passed on to the next as a treasured family heirloom. Once the recipes are preserved online, they can be shared with other family members by email, printed individual and included in your own professionally printed cookbook.

For more information on how your family can make a family cookbook, go to www.familycookbookproject.com.

About the Great Family Cookbook Project

The Family Cookbook Project is dedicated to helping individuals and families collect and preserve the time-honored recipes that are so important to our family traditions. The Family Cookbook Project (www.familycookbookproject.com) was recently named the Best Family Website by the Web Marketing Association’s WebAward Competition for the second year in a row.  The website has helped thousands of families and groups coordinate the creation of personalized cookbooks by provides step-by-step instructions and online tools to create a valuable family heirloom.  Personalized cookbooks are also used by schools and church groups as important fundraisers.

Family Cookbooks Make Great Christmas Gifts

FamilyEatingOkay, the important question of the month: “When is the deadline to ensure Christmas delivery of Michelle Rice’s Favorite Recipes?”

Answer: Thursday, November 30th! There will be an extended deadline, but upgraded shipping will probably be required.

Since personal family cookbooks make a great Christmas gift for both friends and family members, a great many people are working hard to get their cookbooks completed and ordered. That means the sooner your done and have placed your order, the sooner you will receive them!

 

Holiday Cookbook Printing Deadlines

Christmas CookiesThe holidays are right around the corner and family cookbooks make a great gift for family and friends – and it is the busiest time for Family Cookbook Project in terms of printing cookbooks for families.

If you plan to have your cookbooks printed by us and received by Christmas, the deadline to order and make payment is Monday, November 30th. There will be an extended deadline, but expedited shipping will be required. Let us know if we can help!

If you need your family cookbook for Hanukkah, the print deadline is Monday, November 16th.

So get your contributors to submit their final recipes and start reviewing everything to get your cookbook ready to print before the holiday deadline to have a wonderful family heirloom to share for generations.

Christmas in August?

Family Sitting On Beach With Christmas Tree And Hats

Start thinking of the holidays now!

I don’t know about you, but in August on Cape Cod we are enjoying fine summer weather and fun times with family and friends.

However if you like to give incredible personalized gifts for the holidays, now is the time to start your family cookbook project.

The best holiday gifts are not something you buy in the store. The gifts that make people feel most appreciative are those that you put a little effort into. Time is a valuable resource and people appreciate when gifts are more than just something purchased at the last minute.

People who receive your personalized cookbook will never know just how easy it was to create using family cookbook project.com. All you need to do is enter your recipes, pick a cover and dividers, and we’ll do the rest. You can add an introduction and photos if you want.

However, while it is easy, it does not happen overnight. Your personalized cookbook needs to be printed on our professional cookbook printing presses. Plan on submitting your print order by sometime in October to avoid the busiest time of printing.

That means September is the time that you need to have your recipes submitted and your introduction written.

So while you may be spending time on vacation in August, create an account at family cookbook project and creating a one-of-a-kind gift giving opportunity for the holidays.

To learn more and get started, go to www.familycookbookproject.com

Print Your Cookbook For the Holidays

Christmas CookiesThe holidays are right around the corner and family cookbooks make a great gift for family and friends – and it is the busiest time for Family Cookbook Project in terms of printing cookbooks for families.

If you plan to have your cookbooks printed by us and received by Christmas, the deadline to order and make payment is Sunday, November 30th. There will be an extended deadline, but expedited shipping will be required. Let us know if we can help!

If you need your family cookbook for Hanukkah, the print deadline is Thursday, November 20th.

So get your contributors to submit their final recipes and start reviewing everything to get your cookbook ready to print before the holiday deadline to have a wonderful family heirloom to share for generations.

 

Tricks and Treats for Your Cookbook

Fall Pumpkins

It’s Halloween time! Remember to add fun
tricks and treats to your cookbook!

As we prepare for the holiday season, many family cookbook editors are working to finalize their projects in order to give as gifts this year. Cookbooks must be submitted for printing before the deadline of Friday, November 1st to receive your cookbooks by Thanksgiving. Saturday, November 30th is the deadline to guarantee delivery without expedited shipping before the Christmas holiday.

So now is the time to contact all of your contributors with your reminder tool and tell them to enter their recipes now before it is too late. We recommend using a recipe submission deadline of October 15th in order to give you time to review the recipes, make sure all of the extra spaces are removed and words are spelled correctly, and still have time to place your order before the printing deadline.

Family cookbooks make wonderful gifts for family and friends alike. The effort you put into your cookbook now will pay off for your entire family for years to come.

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Featured Recipe from the Database

The Great Family Cookbook Project has over 500,000 public recipes in the system thanks to you! If you need a fun recipe idea that’s not in your own cookbook, go to our home page and use the search function to see what’s available – lots of good eats!

This recipe for Halloween Party Punch, by Micki Clark, is from The Clark Family Cookbook, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. Give this recipe a try and if you do, be sure to rate it on our site!

Halloween Party Punch Recipe

Contributor: Micki Clark
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Category: Appetizers & Beverages
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Ingredients:
1 3oz. pkg orange gelatin
2 c. boiling water
1 6oz can orange juice concentrate
1 46 oz. can unsweetened pineapple juice
1 qrt. ginger ale

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Directions:
Dissolve gelatin in boiling water.

Mix orange juice with three cans of water and add to gelatin mixture.

Add pineapple juice and chill.

Add ginger ale just before serving. Makes 30 1/2 cup servings

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What They Are Saying

“I’m so excited! I’ve always wanted to put our family recipes into a cookbook and I finally did it! We’ll be giving them out at the rehearsal dinner. I used the site to create our “Recipes from the Heart” and just sent it to the printer today. This website was so easy to use and the support you get is fabulous. I encourage any of you that want to record your family recipes for our future generations, please try them out… Seriousy, an awesome website. (can you tell how happy I am that it’s done?)”
–Terry Mozer, Recipes from the Heart

“I have never written a testimonial for a computer program so this will be my first! I can’t say enough how wonderful this program is, and how easy it is to use. I started with what I thought was going to be a “small” project. Once I got started, I found it so easy to use, that I expanded the project to include my whole family, including four generations and over 700 recipes. The book is truly wonderful and I appreciate the ease of the program, and the wonderful support from you when I needed to have a question answered. Thanks to this program, our generations of favorite family recipes are in print forever. I will recommend it to everyone. Thanks again for your wonderful program.”
–Rosella Alfermann, FROM GRANDMA TO MOM TO ME

Read more great testimonials here!

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Freezing Cookie Dough



The best cookie recipes can be frozen and used as needed

In our house, there is nothing like a warm, soft cookie right out of the oven. However since it is not practical to make dough for only a few cookies at a time, the next best thing is to freeze your cookie dough and pull out enough cookies for your immediate needs.

Freezing cookies also provides time saving opportunities when you want to get ready for a holiday cookie swap in October or getting ready for a school bake sale anytime.

How you best freeze cookies depends on what type of cookie you are making. The FamilyCookbook Project had collected thousands of cookie recipes if you need a suggestion.

Cookies like chocolate chip and oatmeal-raisin freeze best if you make the actual cookie beforehand. Scoop out the dough just as if you were about to bake it and place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a Silpat (they can be close, but not touching). Instead of putting it into the oven, but them into the freezer for atleast 6 hours instead. Once frozen, the dough balls get sealed inside a plastic freezer bag and when it is time to bake, you are ready to go.

Cookies like shortbread or sandies, or any smooth slice-and-bake cookies can be pressed into logs, wrapped in wax paper and frozen solid. Prepare the dough as usual, then shape it into one or two logs that can be covered with wax paper and placed in a plastic freezer bag. When you’re ready to bake, let them warm on the counter for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing. You might also want to let the logs thaw in the fridge for a few hours before you’re ready to use the dough. Slice the cookies into thick disks and you’re ready to put them in the oven as usual.

The third type of cookies that can be frozen are cut-out cookies, like sugar cookies and many holiday cookies. The dough for these cookies can be frozen in disks and then stacked together with wax paper between them. When ready to bake, thaw until bendable and continue with the recipe.

Most frozen cookies will need an extra minute or two in the oven. Otherwise, prepping and baking the cookies is exactly the same as in the recipe.

Bill Rice is Co-Publisher of the Great Family Cookbook Project, a website that helps families and individuals collect and share food memories. Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest!

5 Ways To Improve Your Family Cookbook Over The Holidays

The holidays are a time when we get all of our family together and celebrate together with food, fun and festivities. It is also a great time to motivate others in the family to contribute to your family cookbook project.

Here are some ideas to help you improve your cookbook during the holidays:
1)    When you see family members, remember to talk about the cookbook and how excited you are as it moves forward. Others will see your enthusiasm and be more willing to help contribute. event
2)    When someone brings a delicious dish to a family gathering – ask for the recipe. People are often proud of their food creations and love to share recipes. If they don’t have it with them, let them know contributing recipes is easy on the FamilyCookbookProject.comwebsite. Encourage them to give it a try.
3)    Take photos of all the great food being shared. Photos of dishes really bring recipes to life. Photos can be easily added to your recipes on FamilyCookbookProject.com and can or do not have to be included in the printed version.
4)    Ask for suggestions for the cookbook cover and recipe layout design. FamilyCookbookProject.com currently has 21 cookbook covers to choose from including your own custom cover – with more on the way. It also allows you to select from 15 different recipe layout options. Print a hardcopy of several of the designs and ask family members what they think. Not only will the choice be easier to make with feedback, but you will get them more interested in contributing to the cookbook.
5)    Use the index to show family members the recipes in the cookbook. If you’re close to having your cookbook completed, bring the cookbook’s index and a cover page printed from your printer to family holiday events. Show it around and let people see who and what has been submitted already. Maybe they will see a recipe that is missing and want to contribute or maybe they will place an advance order for the final edition.
With so much time spend in the kitchen around the holidays, it’s no wonder that cooking and recipes and cookbooks and food are talked about constantly as everyone pitches in to prepare our holiday get together. Creating your family cookbook will become a valuable resource for generations to come.
Season’s Greetings from The Great Family Cookbook Project!

Bill Rice is Co-Publisher of the Great Family Cookbook Project, a website that helps families and individuals collect and share food memories. Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest!

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Holiday Recipe Book and Cookbook Printing

Happy November 2nd!
(well, it’s a not a holiday, but have fun anyway!)

As we prepare for the holiday season, many family cookbook editors are working to finalize their projects in order to give as gifts this year. Cookbooks must be submitted for printing by Saturday, November 30th to guarantee delivery without expedited shipping before the Christmas holiday.

So now is the time to contact all of your contributors with your reminder tool and tell them to enter their recipes now before it is too late. We recommend using a recipe submission deadline of November 15th in order to give you time to review the recipes, make sure all of the extra spaces are removed and words are spelled correctly, and still have time to place your order before the printing deadline.

Family cookbooks make wonderful gifts for family and friends alike. The effort you put into your cookbook now will pay off for your entire family for years to come.

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