I've been thinking about recipes this morning - well, about food, which led me to recipes. I think about food a lot. Especially when I am on a diet or, in this case, trying out my non-gluten trial. You know how it goes -- there is to be NO bread, wheat, fillers, etc., in your diet for six weeks and ALL you want are any and all of the former. I thought I would try to come up with some recipes that would perk me up while allowing me to stay the course of this non-gluten trial.
I trotted over to my kitchen island where I have a thick stack of recipes that have caught my fancy on the Internet. Alot of them are from reading all of your blogs, and a lot of them are from Alana Kellogg's site. I am especially drawn to vegetarian fare in the summer with its glut of fresh vegetables (read: zucchini). I also have a sizable cookbook collection. And I have two recipe card boxes. And I have a ring binder of mostly tried and true recipes. And I have my Great Aunt Edie's ancient, falling-apart recipe book that is nearly a hundred years old. Hmm. Maybe, if I cooked my way through my recipe cards, GAE's old binder, my binder, all my cookbooks, and all my printouts, then blogged about it, someone would make it into a movie! Ah, but, by then, I'd be long gone. Besides, who would they cast as me, now that Katherine Hepburn is long gone?
Back to subject. When I opened my recipe card boxes and pulled out those dog-eared index cards and "From the Kitchen of" cards, it was so completely enjoyable! I spent a good hour going through them, remembering people now long gone who had passed on their special dishes. Remembering all the dinner parties and patio parties where I first tasted them. It made me realize that the Age of Internet has really taken the sweetness out of savoring memories. Got a dozen giant zucchinis in your fridge? Google "zucchini recipes" and get a zillion hits in a nanosecond. Or....leaf through the Vegetables section of your recipe box and find JaneAnn's Million Dollar Zucchini Cake. I mean, really, which would you like to do? I'm going through my print-outs to ferret out the recipes that I will actually try. The rest will become scratch paper. Then I am going to work my way through GAE's recipe binder - heaven help me, I'll probably have to go into a sterile environment and wear gloves, it's so fragile. But there has to be SOMETHING in there I can eat! Maybe Ruth's Divine Luncheon Salad?