Did you know that recipe exchanging can get touchy sometimes?
I found this out a few years ago when I called up an acquaintance from church to ask her for her delicious caramel syrup recipe that pairs perfectly with German pancakes. She stammered around for a couple seconds finally saying that NO, she could not give out that recipe as it was a "prized" family recipe only to be kept within the confines of their blood lineage.
I paused for a moment, a little bit embarrassed for asking and a little bit dumbfounded for not receiving. I decided to press the issue a little further. Starting with some seriously sappy compliments about how it was literally THE BEST syrup I had ever tasted and I didn't know how my tastebuds would survive without that recipe at my own disposal.
Then I asked, "Did someone in your family INVENT the recipe?"
It was a risky move to make. Perhaps she could sense my underlying tones of sassiness. But I really wanted to know. I mean, to me, the ONLY reason you would not give out a recipe is if YOU were the INVENTOR and were hoping to make money in some shape or form from your medley of perfectly combined ingredients.
Sheepishly she said, "Well, no, but we are famous for this syrup and have never given out the recipe to another living soul."
I knew there was only one thing for me to do. I had to create a binding contract between her and me promising that I would NEVER, EVER give the recipe to any other living person.
So she conceded. Under pressure she decided to surrender the precious recipe into my trusting care under the strict agreement that I would never tell another living soul.
Well, I tell ya folks. The internet is a great resource. I typed in caramel syrup and about 25 recipes came up with the EXACT ingredients and EXACT measurements as this sacred recipe. Which leads me to justify that it is perfectly alright for me to share this not-so-original recipe with the masses.
But I still have questions for all you non-recipe sharers.
What is your fear/reasoning behind hoarding your recipes?
Is your recipe a hit at parties?
Is it something you've gently fine-tuned to perfection?
Is it a family heirloom?
Do you want all the glory for your famed chocolate coconut crunch cookies?
I really won't judge.
This can be a friendly forum.
Two of my greatest friends have openly confessed to me that they do not like sharing recipes. One friend (you know who you are) has since shared a few of her top recipes now that I live seven stakes (Mormon lingo) away and there is absolutely no chance of me showing up at a Relief Society (more Mormon lingo) dinner with HER recipe.
So come out of the closet, whomever you are, and tell us why we can't be part of your amazing skills in the kitchen. And if you aren't a hoarder, then share your thoughts too.
We need to get to the bottom of this!
* postscript *
I am always willing to share any of my gourmet recipes with you. I have a great one for tatertot casserole or our family favorite...corn crud.