The Written Recipe is Hard to Replace

Most of us have a box full of history waiting in our kitchen.

The Written Recipe is Hard to Replace

The handwritten recipe card. It holds more than just a set of instructions for preparing a dish. It holds a certain amount of history too. I have a pretty big collection of my Mom’s recipe cards. Some are in her original, impossible to read handwriting. Some have been penned by others and added to her collection.

When you take out one of these cards, there’s a good chance you will see more than just the recipe. If you look real hard you can see the past. It’s particularly true if the card came from someone special.

Shrimp Toast

It’s unfortunate, but, in more and more kitchens, the recipe card has been relegated to a box placed on a seldom used book shelf. These pieces of family and culinary history have been replaced by cooking apps, ebooks and recipes printed off the internet. Use them once, get them dirty, throw them away. It may be an efficient way to cook, but, passing down your iPad to your kids after your gone just isn’t the same.

Rodger Mullen of the Fayetteville Observer has written a great piece highlighting what those cards mean to some of the folks in his area. It makes you want to rummage through your own collection of oil stained treasures and revive a few old family favorites.

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