Have you ever asked a person for their recipe of a dish you tasted and were denied? What happens when that person dies? I will tell what; the recipe dies with them. I would like to raise awareness of recipe death and how to stop it!
It is a complement if someone wants your recipe is my opinion. Some people however think sharing a special or signature recipe is equivalent to giving away gold, or the farm or their first-born. In other words, they just can’t do it!
Anyone else ever given a recipe rather reluctantly and it not come out well, or doesn’t taste the same? You realize, after the fact, the author left out an ingredient. Maybe not a big ingredient but still something that would make his or her dish still tops. Vindictive? Maybe. Or they didn’t make it at all and won’t admit it so try to pass a recipe!
Here are some suggestions for stopping the recipe death toll:
- Complement the person but not just about their special dish
- Speculate some bizarre ingredient in the dish and see if they correct you
- Tempt them to correct you about cooking instructions by offering up a whacko idea
- Send in the children to ask because so yummy and they wish Mommy could make it
- Send in adult children asking to add to their family history of recipes
I grow artichokes in my garden. Not naming names but I know a person who makes the best-stuffed artichokes in the world. This person will not relinquish their recipe. They are no spring chicken and not in great health. Looking at this person I see another recipe headed to oblivion. I want to scream; For the love of God it is just stuffed artichokes, SHARE!!!
Here is a recipe I was able to bring back from the clutches of the grim reaper. I wised up and never made the recipe but speculated about how it was done. I thought butter and sugar was used and some sautéing done and I am glad I waited.
Bacon Apple Appetizers
Soak 2 dozen tooth picks in water overnight or a few hours
Cut up 4 slices of bacon in half or thirds and then lengthwise
Cut up 2-3 small Fuji apples into slices
Toss apple slices in cinnamon
Wrap slice of bacon around apple, secure with toothpick place on cookie sheet
Bake 350 for 20 minutes
They taste like little apple pies with bacon. Easy and yummy!
Have you witnessed recipe death?