Keeping it in the family
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
I've been asked by houseguests to share a dear family recipe that has a very sentimental meaning to me. My mantra with cooking is to share what I have with others in a nourishing and relaxed way. I cannot bring myself to share the recipe, and have made peace with it. It seems silly not to share. Wouldn't it be great for more people to make my family's great recipe? On the other hand, I see nothing wrong with reserving a few special things for my family's privilege. When I do cook, I share the bounty with friends, as I have done by handing a batch of fresh cookies to the houseguest. Saying "no" to handing over the recipe was made easier by knowing that the person who did the asking has a reputation for pushing people to get what they want. My gut said I have a sentimentality about this and am not ready yet to share. Best to follow my gut.