In Response to The 'You Have to Visit Grandma' Method:
My grandmother never wrote her recipes down, or if she did, they were different than what she really did. Some things in her recipes defied explanation also, such as how to 'clop' the sweet dough for babka. In order to collect her recipes, I went over to her house, watched and wrote down everything she did as she did it. It was the only way to really get the ingredients, methods and stories behind the recipes. These were some of the best times I spent with her, in the warmth of the kitchen and listening to all the family stories, not just about cooking and baking. I have continued this tradition with my sons and grandchildren. If they want my recipes... they have to come visit! We talk, laugh and enjoy every moment as we share old memories and make new ones.
Posted by Di F
I love that method. A watch and learn, with love, approach is probaby the greatest idea I have heard of on this site.
Thank you for writing.