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It is almost ironic that from a French Novelist, comes a quote..."The smell and taste of things remain poised a long time, like souls, ready to remind us....."  Marcel Proust (July 10, 1871 - November 18, 1922). (I don't think he's related...YET!)

Some of our ancestors, particularly our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and sisters, were the gatekeepers of some of the greatest culinary experiences in our lives. Many meals were simple and unrefined taking just a short while to prepare, while others were days in the process. From these small, sometimes cluttered, kitchens came the armoas that penetrated our senses, soothed us while we slept, and comforted us with their tastes. Today, they remind us of "from whence we came".

Nothing short of a home cooked meal makes us feel more secure, warm and comfortable; this is the cooking of our French Canadian heritage. We will always have in our hearts the delightful sounds, sights, tastes and most of all, the "perfume" of our grandmothers stove, to evoke the memories of days, long since passed, with our families. Along with all of the history and tradition these foods are yet another "link" to our heritage.

Your host has a passion for genealogy but he also loves to cook. It is difficult to find recipes for foods I remember as a child, like creton and fish stew, or even the simple beans we used to eat when we visited Maine. Here, I hope to collect YOUR memories in the form of recipies from your past, "cuisine ancienne" if you will, those foods your grandmother used to make that made YOU feel comfortable, warm and secure. My intent is to publish each of them to this site in order for all of us to have access. Perhaps someday, I may even publish them in the form of a cookbook for all of us English speaking Quebec descendants. To this end, proceeds from such a book may one day help fund this site and the ongoing search for our past. St. Jean, Ile d'Orleans, Quebec
With that said, here is what I'm hoping for - Today is December 2, 2006 - let the journey begin!.
As they say in in Nawleans (New Orleans)
"Laissez les bons temps rouler!"
On the next pages of this section you will find the "recipe collection" that will be updated as recipes are submitted and a "submit your recipe" form for you to use to add your "memories". Imagine the resource we could all have if just a single "best culinary recipe" were submitted by each of us! Please help, submit your grandmothers recipe today.
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