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Sharing Your Signature Recipes

valerie | Apr 10, 2007 07:03 AM

For years, my mother has been making brisket for the Jewish holidays. Family and friends always look forward to it and love it. But a few years ago my parents moved to Florida and it has now become my "thing". (Mostly because I love to cook anything in my LeCreuset dutch ovens!)

So for about 3 years, I have been working on perfecting my own version. I've tried different recipes -- some of the sweet-ish type and some of the savory type. Every few months I try another variation. Nothing crazy, though, as I am a brisket purist.

So for Passover this year, I finally tweaked my recipe to the point where I thought it was the best one I ever made. And everyone raved. And ate and ate and ate.

Anyway, yesterday I get and email from my mother-in-law asking for my brisket recipe. She was telling her friend how delicious it was and they both want the recipe. But for some reason I don't want to give it to them (and I have no problem sharing recipes!). Quite honestly, I know that my MIL would probably never make it anyway (she rarely cooks or entertains), and she would certainly never serve it to me if she did make it. But that's not the point. In fact, I don't even know what the point is, but I just don't want to share it with them!

Have I gone off the deep end? Is it okay not to share the recipe with them? What would I say?

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