Great recipes are meant to be shared.

Norma Jean Easterling (Granny)

Though she didn’t know it at the time, Easterling Family Recipes started back in the 1950s when Granny began her collection.

Granny has been collecting recipes for over 60 years. Around 2012, she put together a collection of her favorite and most-used to send to her kids and grandkids. Inside, she left a note: she wanted this to be a “living” cookbook–something that we continue to add to it as we discover recipes our families enjoy. On the front, she wrote…

Sausage Potato Broccoli Cheddar Casserole
Savory Baked Chicken Breasts

I feel that I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you just a little about this remarkable woman…

Two things become very apparent almost as soon as you meet Granny: she loves to cook, and she lives to help people. For many years, she ran the Wednesday night suppers at her church. She came up with the menu, bought the ingredients, and helped prepare the food for hundreds of people. Granny, funded by several of the local churches, also ran a soup kitchen for the less fortunate in her community. Along with her employer (a local family doctor), she helped to established a mission in Honduras to provide care and medicine to people who otherwise had little or no access. And a few times a week, she would make some muffins or the like and head out to visit the “shut-ins” from her church: elderly folks that had lost the ability to leave their homes. Granny, in her late 80’s at the time of this writing, has handed off the church suppers, soup kitchen, and mission, but she still visits the shut-ins, bringing them joy, conversation, and, of course, a little something to eat.

Somewhere around 2019, I was flipping pages in the cookbook trying to find a recipe when a thought occurred to me: “I wish this thing had a search bar.” Ideas started forming, but it wasn’t my decision alone. So I asked Granny if she would be okay with her cookbook becoming a website, and she responded, “Of course! Great recipes are meant to be shared.

And so welcome to Easterling Family Recipes! I am very happy to be able to share this labor of love with you, and from Granny to me to you, I sincerely hope that you find something in these pages that you and your family will enjoy as much as we do.

– Tim the Younger
No-Knead Bread
Russian Teacakes (Sandies)