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Old 12-28-2007, 01:11 PM   #1
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What are your thoughts on "secret recipes"?

My dad has one and I think it is just a ridiculous concept. I don't see why you wouldn't want to share the tastiness with everyone.

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Old 12-28-2007, 01:13 PM   #2
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AMEN! I don't see the point. And especially with "family" recipes. What if the person in possession of the "secret" dies without writing it down or passing it along? What a waste. I say share it all!
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Old 12-28-2007, 01:19 PM   #3
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What are your thoughts on "secret recipes"?

My dad has one and I think it is just a ridiculous concept. I don't see why you wouldn't want to share the tastiness with everyone.
I suppose it's a good idea if you want to try to duplicate an Olive Garden, KFC etc recipe or a dish you love at a chain restaurant. I look em over. So I guess it serves some purpose to someone. Is it Todd Wilbur that has a book out? IMo, the real/true recipes are kept under wrap & the recipes are someone's interpretation.
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Old 12-28-2007, 01:23 PM   #4
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I suppose it's a good idea if you want to try to duplicate an Olive Garden, KFC etc recipe or a dish you love at a chain. I look em over. So I guess it serves some purpose to someone.
That is true, I am just talking about family secret recipes. My dad isn't selling his pies but isn't spreading the joy either.
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Old 12-28-2007, 01:27 PM   #5
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If dad is the only one who can make it, he gets attention for that. It makes him feel good that it's appreciated.
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Old 12-28-2007, 01:37 PM   #6
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My birth mother took (what I considered) a sick pride in never sharing any of her recipes. She was a good average cook, but nothing spectacular. Just basic meat and potatoes kind of cooking. She would never let any of us children look in her little metal recipe card file. I remember, one day, feeling quite the juvenile delinquent when I found the file while she was gone for the day. I fiercely copied as many recipes as I could in the time I had. Did pretty well, but didn't get as many as I'd wanted, so...they're who knows where now.

I love to share my recipes and always provide the recipe(s) when I gift someone with something homemade.

When our youngest son got married, I handwrote 100 of his favorite recipes from his childhood and gave him and his new bride a personal "mom" cookbook. Did a similar thing for our daughter when she married.

I have recipes that I prepare that belonged to my great-grandmothers and I love them. I can't imagine such treasures being lost just because someone didn't want to share them.
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Old 12-28-2007, 01:44 PM   #7
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Okay. You're talking about your own family 'secret' recipes. My grandma was a great cook, but she never wrote anything down. Is he not sharing because he didn't write it down, or refuses to give it out? In either case, some people are very guarded about giving out recipes. I started a thread about Heirloom recipes, & be darned didn't get much of a reply as to actual recipes. The trick is to sit and watch and remember.
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Old 12-28-2007, 02:01 PM   #8
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If dad is the only one who can make it, he gets attention for that. It makes him feel good that it's appreciated.
Yes, I thought of that too. He is the type that needs that kind of reassurance.

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When our youngest son got married, I handwrote 100 of his favorite recipes from his childhood and gave him and his new bride a personal "mom" cookbook. Did a similar thing for our daughter when she married.
That is a wonderful idea! I'm sure they both appreciated it.
lol about all the fierce copying.

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Is he not sharing because he didn't write it down, or refuses to give it out? In either case, some people are very guarded about giving out recipes.
Yep, he just refuses to give it out.
Why are people very guarded about their secret recipes? I could see not wanting to put it all over the internet but even then what would be the harm?
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Old 12-28-2007, 02:51 PM   #9
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I think secret family recipes are ridiculous too. A lot of my mom's recipes weren't written down either, but when I moved to South Carolina she wrote some of them down for me, and I wrote down others as she told me the directions over the phone. She always gladly gave others her recipes, and I do too. I feel a lot happier sharing what I know with others than I would knowing that they couldn't eat the good things I'm eating.

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Old 12-28-2007, 04:29 PM   #10
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my mil never really wanted to pass on her secrets. i think she felt her cooking was the most special thing she could offer, so if she gave away her secrets she'd be giving away what made her stand out.

now that she's gone, those recipes are also gone forever.

i've been successful at duplicating her pea soup, but her stuffed cabbage, slovakian borscht, kielbasi casserole, and cole slaw are still works in progress that i doubt i'll ever copy.
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