Family Secret Recipes…on Canvas!

Do you have any favorite family recipes, passed down from generations or something you cooked with your mom or grandma before you were even old enough to reach the kitchen counter? There are a few family favorites that come to mind for me – one being my Grandma Sophie’s simple butter cookies. She’d bake and mail them to me when I was in college and I’d insist she include the festive rainbow sprinkles on top. Also, my mom’s sweet and sour meatball recipe (which I’ve made using soy meatballs, but I can’t give you the sauce recipe – TOP SECRET). Those are the kind of recipes that take me back in time, bring back memories, and tell a story. And I think those memories and stories actually make the food taste better. It’s one of the reasons I love telling a story about the food I share with you on my blog!


I saw a great print on The Kitchn of creatively formatted recipes that would make an attractive kitchen decoration. But I didn’t want any ol’ recipe nailed to my kitchen wall – I wanted something that was personal and had meaning. Fortunately I have a friend who is a great graphic designer (and wedding photographer extraordinaire). Katherine took my Grandma’s butter cookie recipe, which I enhanced with some fun words of baking wisdom, and put it in a similar format for me.


I knew I wanted to have it printed on canvas so I was very excited when the peeps at Easy Canvas offered to have me try their canvas printing service out. It took less than 2 minutes for me to upload my photo, choose my canvas size, and have it printed and shipped to me (well, the shipping took longer than 2 minutes). It was easier than some other canvas services I’ve used, and since I love pics on canvas, it’s the one I’ll be going back to. I was so excited when my canvas arrived! I got an 8×8 print which goes perfectly in one of the little corners of our kitchen.


It means so much to me to have my grandma’s prized butter cookie recipe on my wall. I don’t even dare try to veganize them, since they’re just perfect as is. It’s such a nice way of showcasing one of my favorite recipes.

Do you have any recipe wall art or kitchen decorations? What’s your favorite family recipe?

Disclaimer: I was not paid to promote Easy Canvas or Katherine.


  1. Posted May 17, 2011 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    What a great idea!! This would make such a great gift for newlyweds 🙂 or someone buying their first home.

  2. Nee
    Posted May 17, 2011 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    Oooohhhh…… Can you (and Katherine) help do this for me?!?!? Gma’s (even more top secret) jam bar recipe???

  3. Posted May 17, 2011 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    It printed so well, Janel! Great addition to your kitchen!

  4. Amy
    Posted May 17, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    I have a decorative cutting board on my kitchen wall. It contains the recipe for Bermuda Fish Chowder, which was served at our wedding (in Bermuda!) I have actually made the recipe and it is delicious, but mostly I just like it because it’s pretty and reminds me of an amazing day! 🙂

  5. Posted May 17, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    This is such a cute idea.

    I think one of my favorite family recipes is my mom’s artichoke heart dip that she makes for holiday parties. It’s so delicious (and filled with many unhealthy things, I’m sure!) but it’s such an AMAZING treat! We never get to take much leftover back home with us 🙂

  6. Posted May 18, 2011 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    That is such a great idea! i’m going to do this for my mother (cooking extrodinaire)’s bday

  7. Posted May 25, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Your recipe looks beautiful, Jane! It makes me happy to see so many people interested in bringing their recipe stories to life. I’m the owner of Toast and Sip, the business featured on the Kitchn, and I just wanted to let you all know that we are now exclusively creating custom recipe art (most centered around a large custom illustration) if anyone is looking for a truly personal art piece and doesn’t feel like doing all the work themselves.

  8. Posted August 27, 2011 at 5:48 am | Permalink

    Tori’s mom’s artichoke heart dip sound wonderful! I don’t know if you are willing to sharing it. A friend of mine made something like that for me in the 80’s, and it was to die for!

  9. Posted September 13, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    Great work! Looks really beautiful! Great way to put up a recipe you love and would like to share.

  10. Posted September 14, 2011 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    The recipes are great but this post just made me realize that I have not spent that much time with my grandma. I did not even know what’s her specialty dish. I feel bad. I wish I could bring back the old times. I would have changed things a little bit.

  11. Posted December 17, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    Wow, great idea! It is really interesting. I think to make something similar and to make it as a present to my mother 🙂

  12. Posted January 5, 2012 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    What a cool idea! Great canvas concept!

  13. Posted February 2, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    What a terrific gift idea!!! Love its simplicity and charm.

  14. Posted February 12, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Great idea, perhaps the artwork should include a photo of the finished recipe. Food images look great in any kitchen.

  15. Posted February 18, 2012 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    From the beginning I would have loved to cook. but rarely in my family who want to teach it in detail. but, after reading this I was so inspired and excited to learn to cook again. I also had a secret family recipes. but, it’s a secret. right?

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