Heirlooms remind us of where we came from, and culinary heirlooms, by their utility, forge a palpable link to that past.

A recent Trib.com article shared the story of 83-year-old Wyoming woman Lucille Dumbrill and her122-year-old sourdough starter. She first obtained the old dough from one of her husband’s students at the University of Wyoming, and that student’s family had traced the starter’s history back to a sheepherder’s wagon. Lucille still makes pancakes with it frequently.

This got me thinking about the many culinary heirlooms within my own family.

My grandma has a 149-year-old piece of cheese…

Read the rest of the piece over at Bites, the Today Show food blog.

Why My Family Treasures Culinary Heirlooms
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