Heritage Recipe Project

Native Kansan: Heritage recipes from the Sunflower State

“The foods eaten have histories associated with the pasts of those who eat them; the techniques employed to find, process, prepare, serve and consume the foods are all culturally variable, with histories of their own,” wrote Sydney Mintz in “Tasting Food, Tasting Freedom.”

Foods eaten by Kansans have their own histories, too.

Family recipes have provided comfort in bad times and good times, been centerpieces during celebrations of harvest and family, and sustained the memory of the people who prepared them.

Great Plains Foodways Connection is capturing the recipes, the celebrations and the cooks with project called Native Kansan: Heritage recipes from the Sunflower State. We want to preserve the recipes and the stories that go with them.

Some recipes and stories will date before Kansas statehood in 1861. Some may be from the Depression Era. Others may be hand-scribbled notes Great Grandmother brought from her home in Kentucky or Iowa, Ireland or Russia. Submit recipes that can be traced back at least two generations.

Send your recipe and its story to foodways@ksu.edu. Be sure to include an e-mail or telephone number to be used only to verify recipe.