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The children gathered around their grandmother, eager to start learning her secret recipe. It was kept in an ancient, handwritten cookbook with pages you had to turn with a stick for fear of yellowing them further. It was a recipe for an apple pie, and as the elderly woman chopped the apples, the youngsters put together the pastry. In the end, though she had to finish off the ball of dough as it was improperly stirred, the pie was delicious. I think that she would be scandalized if she knew I was around the corner recording the ingredients and measurements!

By dino, October 30, 2014.
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The best recipes in the book were always the ones that had been scribbled on with alterations and additions. Often there was more than one ink and more than one style of handwriting. The tatty old volume had been passed between my aunts for years, but now it was mine. I found one that had more ink than print and set to work. It was labelled "best pasta sauce." For my liking had far too many mushrooms but who was I to judge. The herbs additions were several times larger than I would normally use and it called for anchovies, finely chopped. Yuck! After thirty minutes the aroma was so delicious I could have eaten the air. The sauce lived up to it's name and my friends begged for the recipe. The book is now in a lock box under my bed, it's waiting for the day I start my own diner.

By ravinder, October 30, 2014.