I have a mish-mash of recipe cards, cookbooks, pages torn from magazines, and notebooks of pages I've printed out. Search engines, blogs, and pinterest make it really easy to find recipes online these days, but I'm still a fan of having them on paper in front of me. Much easier to make notes that way - to double a particular recipe next time, use only half as much of a particular ingredient, or any other note on how I may have varied the recipe.
Some of my cookbooks and recipes remind me of particular people. These lists of ingredients and instructions are more than just how I turn basic ingredients into something wonderful. They come together to form a scrapbook of sorts.
Grandma's Macaroni and Cheese
Mom's Chocolate Frosting
JA's Blueberry-Orange Muffins
The cookbook that N gave us as a wedding gift
Zucchini bread - reminds me of our friends, B and S. My recipe makes two loaves, and until they up and moved across the country, I'd always give them one when I made it.
Tonight, I was making JA's muffins. The house was fairly quiet - the kids already in bed and my husband working late - so I was alone with my thoughts. I realized I was out of orange zest (I usually keep some in the freezer), and wondered if the same thing had ever happened to JA. I thought about her family. Thought about how we originally connected (through the internet - I've never met her) and what we had in common (peanut allergy).
As I measured, sifted, poured, and mixed, I had a chance to not only be thankful for my full pantry, but also to be thankful for my friends and family. As big and busy as the world can seem, sometimes something as simple as a recipe from a friend can remind me of what's most important.