Blowing the dust off the top of my recipe card box, I realized that I almost never open it. When I need inspiration, I turn to one of my (too) many cookbooks or the Internet. While the quickly-assembled salmon loaf was in the oven, I took the time to leaf through the recipe cards. It was as much fun as looking through a photo album - bringing back wonderful memories not only of the dishes created, but of family and friends. My Great Aunt Edie's Chicken and Rice (Pollo con Arroz - we thought it was very exotic, in a foreign language and all) which was about the only dish she cooked, and we cooked it together fairly often. A recipe for Mary Ann's Golden Meatball Bake brought back a forgotten neighbor in Cleveland Heights, OH, who used to call me furtively, then we'd both sneak to the very back of our adjoining properties to share a pint of a new flavor of ice cream. I think I will turn to my little box of memories more often. There's my dad's famous marinated, grilled flank steak recipe with mushrooms, and Gloria's Smothered Pork Chops to try again. Many of the recipe cards are, let's say, heavier on prose than measure, such as my mom's instruction to mix it to the consistency of "falling apart". I knew exactly how it was supposed to look.
I am wondering how many of us use or even have these treasure troves -- if you do, do you use it? Want to share a favorite?