Good food is worth a thousand words—sometimes more. In My Family Recipe, a writer shares the story of a single dish that's meaningful to them and their loved ones.


My mother, Caroline Ragsdale Reutter of Caroline's Cakes, had a background in interior design, but good food was always a major ingredient in her life. And growing up in Lake City, South Carolina life revolved around entertaining. Caroline’s mother—my grandmother—was a fabulous cook and a gracious entertainer, and constantly entertained customers from my grandfather’s charcoal business, Ember’s Charcoal, with recipes that had been in our family for generations. There were weekly cookouts and delicious dinners with friends at Caroline’s childhood home, and whether it was a planned cocktail party or a last-minute barbecue, she quickly learned the enjoyment that food brings into everyone’s lives.

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