Saturday, June 8, 2013

Second-Hand Sister

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I never knew her, but I know for a fact I‘d have liked her.  The old 1947 cookbook, once hers, appeared at first glance to be in pristine, unused condition. And then I found the flour-dusted, vanilla-spattered, well-loved chocolate chip cookie recipe on page 486. 

 

 

The Trifextra challenge this week is to write a complete story in only three sentences. 

49 comments:

  1. I have some inherited cookbooks like that. They do make me smile.

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  2. Lisa, It's fun to see which recipes were the most often used favorites:)

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  3. I have my grandmother's cookbook - This description is perfect.

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  4. Kelly-thank you! I loved your piece today as well!

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  5. So many thoughts of the days she spent in the kitchen baking those cookies - for who? - and obviously the cookies turned out well because she kept making them. Was there someone who kept requesting them?

    Lovely story :)))

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  6. Jo-Anne, thank you! It makes for a delicious mystery, doesn't it! I appreciate your comment so much!

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  7. This is great Valerie! Love all the substance in this story. Wonderfully done!

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    1. Thanks Suzanne! I loved your piece for this one!

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  8. Oh I love when that happens:) B

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    1. B-Me too, and I knew you would as well:)

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  9. The best recipes are the heirloom recipes... especially cookies. Lovely story, reminds me of my grandmother's cookbooks.

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    1. Tara, Thanks! And that's so true! They've stood the test of time, and have been tested many times;)

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  10. Brownie Nut Cake is a mess in my cookbook. This is so true and a good three sentence story.

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    1. Thanks Ann, and Brownie Nut Cake sounds tempting! I know I'd like it!

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  11. I love this! I inherited my grandmother's cookbooks and she has stars beside the ones she liked and has substitutions for a few ingredients or notations where she was changed the amount. I feel like she is cooking beside me sometimes when I use those books.

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    1. I love your comment! I've felt the same way when I make my grandma's mince pie:)

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  12. You can tell a lot about a person by the recipes tried. Anyone who bakes chocolate chip cookies is someone I would like!

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    1. Janna, that's so true! I'd like anyone who bakes chocolate cookies too:)

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  13. Now I want a chocolate chip cookie...thanks, Valerie. ;)

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    1. Melissa, would you make some, pretty please? :)

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  14. Wow... Chocolate chip cookies and all... Love this piece Valerie!

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    1. Oh thank you! If I could, I'd bake up a batch big enough for all of us;) The chocolate chip cookie recipe page in my book is a disaster of flour and vanilla;)

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  15. You just keep getting better, and I can't believe in so few words! Valerie, I come to your blog for the great read you are!

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    1. Dawn, thank you from the bottom of my heart for such a blue ribbon comment. I can't tell you how much that means to me! xx

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  16. I just made 101 Chocolate Chip Cookies, among other baked goods, for someone's graduation party! Great minds think alike Valerie :-)

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    1. They do Jess! And 101 Chocolate Chip Cookies is outstanding-I'm so proud of you!!

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  17. I feel just that way about my Gramma's recipe box, although she may be annoyed that I related to this as she's still alive ;)

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    1. Thanks Shannon! That's cute about your Gramma, too!

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  18. Lovely and sweet story. Nice one!

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  19. I can well imagine, feel and smell. Nice one. (RogRites)

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  20. What a tasty three sentences. I love this unorthodox connection between two strangers. Thank you for linking up!

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    1. Thanks so much for commenting! Linking up is always a pleasure:)

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  21. Oh, don't you wish you could??? (I used to fantasize about other readers on the library book return date stamps.) Sweet (haha) story!

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    1. Thanks Kymm! And once again, we think alike:)

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  22. This is complete - the image of the pristine and the dust splattered - genius!

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    1. Kim-thank you so much! Hug those boys for me:)

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  23. You can definitely tell which recipes were favorites when you look at a cookbook! It makes me smile when you can tell they are well loved :)

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    1. Tammy-that's so true! And it's usually a recipe for something sweet, too.

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  24. I would push like 100 times if you had a 'like button'.

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  25. Ted-that means a lot-100 times a lot! Thank you for such a chocolate chip sweet comment!

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  26. I used to tease my mom when she was still with me that the smudges in her cookbook where she referred back with a finger to the recipe was her scratch and sniff check spot to see if the recipe was going right.

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    1. That's a really cute story, Joe! Thanks for telling me about your mom:)

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  27. I love old cookbooks for just this reason.

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