Monday, February 04, 2008
Everyone has their quirks, and one of mine is my keen interest in other people's recipes. I love to read their scraps of paper with recipes written on them, or look through files and scrapbooks of aged recipes. I've even purchased complete recipe collections in metal file boxes at yard sales when I couldn't convince the seller to keep Aunt Susie's or Grandma Miller's lifetime collection. Some people keep recipes in very unusual places. My mother-by-marriage preferred washing dishes by hand and never used her dishwasher for it's intended use. Instead she stored her cookbooks and files neatly cataloged on the dishwasher racks. I could never remember to open the dishwasher to pull out the gliding rack and find the cookbook needed. It was such an unusual place to store a recipe collection! Aunt Mildred kept her favorite recipes attached together by a clothespin on a spindle that was kept on her kitchen windowsill. It served her well for more than eighty years. Although she has been gone for nearly five years, her recipes still grace the windowsill in the warm Arizona sunshine. They are a part of her ranch house kitchen that will probably always remain there as long as Uncle is yet alive and living in the house. Some people keep recipe collections on disks or websites, others in beautiful notebooks or painted file boxes with colorful cards. Each becomes it's own work of art and heart. And each speaks volumes about the individual who lovingly put their unique collection together. How do you store your recipes?
Photo: Aunt Mildred's recipes