While my husband's family was in town we went to his cousins for a family BBQ. I was asked to bring a salad. I brought a family favorite. The hostess asked for the recipe.
Before I could respond to the request, one of the women said, "Or are you one of those people who don't share their recipes? Hahaha!"
I was going to share until you put it that way. I thought.
I avoided the request the rest of the night but have been thinking about it ever since.
Where do I stand on this subject?
On one hand, I am always SOOOO grateful when someone is willing to share a recipe with me. Almost all of our favorite recipes have come from someone else. Either a relative, friend, a cookbook or a website. I specifically remember a time when I had to entertain for Easter. A big holiday in our home. With two days notice and my mom not around to help, I had to feed 24 people. I called my dear friend Megan and asked for two recipes that she had served at a party a few weeks earlier. She didn't even bat an eye. I am still grateful for her willingness to share that day.
On the other hand, I feel like I am a very good "sharer". When someone asks I am happy to oblige. But sometimes I don't want to share recipes. Some recipes are special. The special ones are from my grandmother who has now passed away. I use them a lot, take them to special things, and when people ask if they can have the recipes, I share but it is a little harder. I am protective of these sentimental recipes.
When a close friend like Megan share their "signature" recipes with me, I don't always feel like they are mine to pass on either.
Since the BBQ there has been some angst. Is there a right and wrong?
WHAT DO YOU DO?
DO YOU SHARE YOUR RECIPES?
DO YOU THINK THERE IS EVER A TIME WHEN IT IS APPROPRIATE TO TELL SOMEONE YOU ARE NOT COMFORTABLE SHARING?