Welcome to the Food & Cheer & Song web-based cookbook! The title is based on a quote from The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien: "If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." I think that this is very true... I originally planned to give this site the rather uninspiring name, "Family Web Cookbook." But then I thought about why I wanted to do this. Our family tends to use food to express love for each other and our friends. One of the recipes I will be posting someday soon is for Great-Great Aunt Catherine's pecan balls; she used to give these cookies to family members, and they are remembered by all of us with great fondness. I make up a big batch of these cookies for family and friends every Christmas, and it makes me feel good to be passing them on to new generations; and it makes me feel that Aunt Catherine's memory will live on for future generations.
So I tried to come up with a better name for this site, and typed "Food, Love, Song" into Google; and up popped this quote from The Hobbit. The Hobbit has always been my favorite all-time book, and I realized that "Food & Cheer & Song" was the perfect name for this site!
Please feel free to contribute comments, suggestions, constructive criticism, ideas, recipes, and photographs. I plan to write blogs on a variety of topics in the future, including favorite cookbooks, dieting, and gardening. I hope that this page will be more than a repository of my own thoughts - I would like it to become a conversation! So please let me know if there is anything that you would like to see discussed on the Chatterbox page.
Enjoy the site. :)
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