One of my childhood memories includes my mother clipping recipes from the newspaper and magazines. She would meticulously cut them out and make a pile on the table next to her.
She never cooked so I wondered why she took the time to cut and save them. Perhaps these recipes represented a desire or a dream. Unfortunately, those recipes never became a dish on our dinner table.
Guess what? I found myself clipping recipes. Kids learn by observing right? Oooohhh this sounds good! Snip, snip, snip. Pretty soon my little metal recipe box was full.
One difference between my mother and me. . . I cook. And I started cooking the recipes I found on various scraps of paper in my little metal box. Some dishes my family enjoyed; others, not so much.
Sometimes, I would even modify a recipe to our liking and then I would retype it to include our changes. Over the years, I have accumulated our family's favorite recipes. These favorites are lovingly prepared on special occasions or when requested because a craving just must be satisfied.
So how do I organize my recipes?? The answer is, "with loving care." Food brings people together. I treasure my recipes with the same value as our family photos. If a fire breaks out, grab the pets and kids, but don't forget your recipes too!
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