Some recipes are too special to share. Right?
A few weeks ago, I requested and received my favorite molasses cookie recipe from a family friend, who might as well be my second mom.
The Lowell’s aren’t just friends; they’re family. My parents are best friends with them and have been since before any of us kids existed. We grew up with them in every sense: our houses are less than five minutes apart, birthdays are spent together, and our Christmas morning tradition is to go to their house in our pajamas, eat breakfast together, and swap gifts.
And while my mom’s chocolate chip cookies reigned supreme in our house, Jill made all my other favorite cookies. Especially her molasses, monster, and oatmeal butterscotch.
Nick had never tasted Jill’s Molasses cookies so I got to work last weekend and made my first ever batch with her recipe.
The great thing? Mine tasted just like hers. Biting into the first cookie brought me back into their home, where I fell in love Five Alive juice and slid down their staircase in sleeping bags and built forts with the dining room chairs while wearing Jill’s old Candie’s platforms.
But after tasting them, I knew I couldn’t just give out the recipe. This one is something special, and I think there are some recipes that should stay family recipes. It’s part of their charm and keeping them in the family gives me a reason to start my own index card recipe box to pass onto to my future kids someday.
So I’m working on my own version, with a fun little twist That recipe will be coming soon.
What about you?
Are there family recipes you won’t share with other people? Dishes you want to make for others but never give them the ingredients to make on their own?
If so, what are they? Casseroles, cakes, breads? I love hearing food traditions from other people.
For instance, foods that will always make me think of my family:
- fudge pie
- Texas Sheet Cake and homemade icing
- roast and noodles
- ham gravy
- chicken casserole
- spaghetti sauce
- no bake cookies