I love the idea of documenting your recipes for your family! I grew up around great cooks, but they all cooked by memory or instinct, and I never paid attention, so those dishes are lost for me. I have an uncle in his 70's who is still trying to get his fried chicken to "taste like momma's". He'll tell you he's getting close. Sort of along those lines - I've seen old handwritten recipes from family members matted and framed and hung in the kitchen... I think that's such a lovely idea.
I learned to cook in my 20's through studying cookbooks - Fannie Farmer is my fav; there is still very little that I make (20 years later) without following written instruction. But I do make a point to include my kids in the process, and it's fun even if it takes longer and makes more of a mess.
The internet is my best resource for trying new recipes now - especially foodgawker because it usually links to someone's blog where you can follow step by step with pictures.