It's official, the holiday season is upon us. I can attest to this because my living room is a mess of storage boxes that house my Christmas decor. They have been brought down from the attic and this is the official start of holiday mayhem at my house.
I decided to go for broke and have the Christmas tree and all the other decorations on display for Thanksgiving dinner. This is again because we will be celebrating a 2 for 1 holiday this year with the visitation of my parents from Florida.
The bad news is that my house will be tore up for the next week but the good news is that I won't be spending the entire after Thanksgiving weekend setting up for Christmas. I figure that's a win- win for all.
So, thinking about the holidays and Thanksgiving in particular, I pulled out my recipes and started making my to-do and shopping list. (Note- if you're planning on brining your bird, order a fresh turkey and if you haven't already done this, be sure to do it sooner rather later. Mine's in the book.)
While I was looking for my recipes, I happened upon my old recipe box. It was bridal shower gift. It's a small Longaberger basket with a lid that had been hand painted with flowers and "Debbie's Recipes" on it. I haven't had that recipe box out in years. I used to have it sitting proudly on my counter on display. As the years have gone by it got designated to a different home. The lid doesn't shut very well any more, primarily since it is stuffed with so many recipes. They really are stuffed into this box pretty tight. Tight enough that when I start to pull one out, I get about a dozen more with it.
These are the tried and true recipes. The main dishes, desserts and appetizers that I have been making for my entire married life and most of these recipes are known by heart these days. I decided to pull all of them out for a walk down memory lane. I smile to myself as I look at the scraps of papers that were used to jot down a favorite. Things are written on the backs of invitations, envelopes, business stationary and ripped out of the newspapers. My favorites are the ones written in dear friends and family's handwriting and I remember them and that time fondly. Many of them are stained with the remnants of their ingredients.
Ironically, I found a few of meals that I used to make all the time and then for some reason or another, just stopped making. I pulled a few of those out and have been mixing up my current repetoire. Only one real complaint and then I remembered why it went out of rotation....
This made me think of where I get my recipes now. Although I have a huge cookbook collection, I really do find most of my new stuff off the internet. Either through blogs I follow or just searches I start. Where do you get your recipes from these days? Do you stay with your old favorites or do you try to mix it up?
Check out our new podcast at Undercover with Deb and Beth where we dish about our favorite holiday and cooking blogs. Check it out and you might find a new hot spot. We'd love it if you'd share your favorite recipes or recipe searching spots.