Welcome to DC Merle! When I left home, I just raided mum's recipe cards and wrote out the recipes that I liked or meant something to me. Unfortunately, mum tells me (some ten years later I might add) that some of those recipes weren't the ones she actually used, and even worse, when I have gone to make a couple I have discovered that they don't actually have all the details and that some of them acted more as memory joggers for her!!!! So, as I had more cook books than she did by the time I left, I just look for new recipes!!
Too many restaurants, not enough time...