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Do You Believe in Keeping Family Recipes a Secret?

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bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 8 years
I agree with the chef that two cooks following the same recipe will almost never get the exact same result. Therefore, I have no issues sharing any recipes at all.
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
I love to share. I'm not in a business that depends upon a secret recipe. So if I can pass along a recipe that makes one person happy, it will most likely be passed to others with the same effect. Isn't that what cooking is about? :D
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Most of them are ones I'd share, but there are a few that I can't give away. One of them is my grandma's Amish sugar cookies...for whatever reason, you can't just make them from a recipe; you have to adjust it for the weather. So there's not really a recipe for them written in stone. We always bake them together around Christmastime as a family and we like to keep the tradition alive.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
What could be secret about bacon wrapped dogs????????
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I answered "Yes, some recipes are family secrets." However, I personally don't mind sharing, but I don't mind if others don't want to share their family recipes.
Food Food 8 years
akay, I agree! I'm all about sharing.
akay akay 8 years
It would be one thing if there was one or two certain recipes that you promised your dying grandmother you would not share, but if it's just a traditional family favorite, there's something smug and superior about denying someone's flattering request for the recipe.
wunami wunami 8 years
Well, I mean...I'm willing to share most of my recipes...but it's nice to keep some signature stuff to yourself sometimes. Wish that was an option more than oblique reference of "Some recipes" in the yes option.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Nope, I'm more than happy to share recipes. In fact, I feel flattered when asked.
partysugar partysugar 8 years
I don't get why people refuse to share either. Where would we be if Julia Child or Ina Garten kept all their recipes a secret? I shared my family's recipe for our favorite dessert (alumnae bars) here!
miamixo miamixo 8 years
No, I don't understand when people refuse to share.
opentypeA opentypeA 8 years
I always tell people if they want the food, they can just ask again and I'll keep making them more! :-P
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