Today for the first time, you can watch this blog post on the YouTube video above or you can read it below. Whichever works best for you, have fun with it! And please do post your comments telling me about the stories your cookies tell you!
In fact, cookies (and other baked items) seem to be more about the stories than about the ingredients.
So I’m not talking about my favorite rolling pins or Cookie sheets today. Because I have to talk to you about stories.
I’m reminded of the story-recipe relationship through our Cookie Bash this weekend. It was great fun! We invited all the neighbors over to eat cookies and visit and they came, even the men. (Well, free homemade sweets.) We all had a great time and the conversation was so bright that it overpowered the music (as we’d hoped it would).
Several of us who love to bake ended up hanging around the cookies and talking about recipes. And that’s when things got exciting.
One neighbor who makes an out-of-this-world pie told me about the crust recipe her mother had taught her. Others talked about recipes they’d tried and where they got them.
For instance, one of my favorite cookies is ginger snaps and I still have the recipe card I wrote in childish script some (need to know only) number of years ago with “Aunt Dodie” in the upper corner. When I make that recipe it reminds me of my Aunt Dodie, still a fountain of love, and the many years we made that recipe for the holidays. Not only the cookies themselves but also the recipe card bring back all the memory sights, sounds and smells of those experiences.
Around the cookie plates we were talking about the stories attached to the recipes we all use. You see, to bakers recipes have immense meaning. They’re not just a list of ingredients and instructions, but actually a memory-card of our lives and they connect people at a very foundational level.
And that is why I’m doing the Dancing Bee Baking Blog. Because I love sharing recipes and stories with you and I especially love when you share your recipes and stories with me.
Wondrous stuff, our recipes!
So please leave a comment with your baking story or recipe. I’d love to read it and post it (with your permission).
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Until our next visit,
Diana and the Dancing Bees