• 1 cup Memme
• 2 siblings, equal portions
• 3 separate 1/4cup of various husband
• 3 assorted grandchildren
• 2 specially selected grandchildren
• 1 patient husband
• 2 unusual wives
• 1 ex-wife
• Sprinkling of newly found sister
Mix ½ cup Memme and 1 siblings together in 2 separate bowls. To 1 bowl add 1 unusual wife. Separate 2nd Memme mix into 3 bowls and add ¼ cup of various husband to each. It gets complicated from this point so sit and have a glass of wine…
Families are made of different ingredients. Oddities, Misunderstandings, Kindness, Problems, Love, Secrets. They meander, get stirred up, and develop flavors that somehow go together. Not every family is a soap opera of grand events, but they all have their own list of ingredients. This novel won’t transport you to a land of fantasy, it won’t bring the end of the world. What it does bring is an intimate look into the people that make up one family’s recipe.
In “Family Recipe” Carol Kehlmeier does what she does best–creating and developing characters you will recognize, question and want to…well, send to their rooms. From womanizing Joel, the apple of his grandmother’s eye to timid Annabelle whose kindness and no nonsense view of life captured the love of his half-brother Kirk, the members of this family intertwine. Each brings their own view and experiences and while often complete opposites, they somehow triumph over the secrets, innuendos and trials of their lives, individually and collectively as a family.