Do you have recipes with instructions like this in your collection?
"Olive oil and butter in a frying pan. Don't ask how much, you know we didn't cook that way. Enough for the bottom to be wet, and a bit more so it doesn't dry up. Don't put heat under it yet, we have more to do first."
"Clam bake. That yellow stuff they sell at City Fish is clambake. It's also used for making Onion Rings. We made onion rings a few times, but they mucked up the fryalator, so we didn't do it too often. But, I digress."
These snippets are from my cousin, describing the signature dish from the restaurant where we grew up. Reading it makes me smile every time--a little story within a story that personalizes the recipe and makes it part of our family history beyond the food itself.