When the Recipes Need to Go

I have issues with stuff that goes missing. I get overly upset as if it’s personal. I eventually found my expired passport. I decided my pink camera must have been stolen. And I’ll be paying for another kid’s library book on the 19th of this month unless I find it. And the same may be said for some of our life’s recipes.

I looked and looked for my buttermilk biscuit recipe but it just wasn’t in the recipe box or the plastic sleeves in my Household Binder where I kept my “go to” recipes. My buttermilk biscuit recipe was MIA.

So I looked up another buttermilk biscuit recipe in the Joy of Cooking. Later, as my husband and I were eating our biscuits for breakfast, he says, “Is this a different recipe?”  “It’s moister, isn’t it?” I said quickly. And I told him how I’d lost and replaced the recipe.

That same week, as we enjoyed a lovely Sunday dinner at my mother-in-law’s, I was amused by a comment she made. She said she didn’t like her chocolate chip cookie recipe. This is a recipe that she’s been making and including in her Christmas cookies for probably 50 years. She doesn’t like it yet she made them again this year.

My husband and I agreed, you may need to go ahead and willingly lose something to put something better in its place. As with biscuit recipe, losing some bad habits or less than ‘good for you’ people may result in a better life. Maybe we should lose stuff intentionally more often so we can replace them with better versions. But know, this requires the recognition and an acceptance that a better recipe may exist. As a former smoker with an ex-husband, I know you always have room to update your life recipe to better versions.

I found that biscuit recipe. Of course it was right in front of my face where it was supposed to be. I threw it out and copied the Joy’s recipe to put in its place. In the same theme, I’m considering organizational habits I’d previously eschewed. I’m letting go of expectations everywhere in exchange for seeing what happens. My life is about new biscuits and a new baby and it’s all delicious.

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9 Responses to “When the Recipes Need to Go”

  1. Amy says:

    That’s the spirit, Shalagh. I like your attitude, and you got me hungry for biscuits. People are a little harder to part with, of course.

  2. A. MIchelle says:

    “And trust me, it does. I’m a former smoker with an ex husband.”

    I love the concept and the lost item examples including the recipe/person replacement metaphor…eek!

  3. Michelle says:

    Love it – this is why I’m tossing all my stained clothes in the trash this month too!

    • Shalagh says:

      Just noticed an odd trend. My t-shirts all seem to have tiny holes. What better reason to throw out all prego clothing afterwards. I remember the last time, I watched What Not To Wear and got myself psyched to find clothing that flattered and fit me. It was revolutionary after frumpalina status for many months.
      Thanks Michelle.

  4. Ish says:

    I second the vote for “And trust me, it does. I’m a former smoker with an ex husband.” as my favorite line. So perfectly illustrative.

  5. Melissa says:

    Need that recipe !!

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