Quote Originally Posted by Thoth View Post
The cook's uncle was a chef who had supposedly won awards with his recipe. Trust me, I asked.

People get serious about their chili recipes in the US, nearly as much as barbecue.
My mom always left an ingredient or an important step off her recipe cards. That was the part of the recipe she committed to memory first.

She reverse engineered someone else's secret candied yams recipe; then served it to them.

When she died, cinnamon rolls died with her because all others are like the great value version of a cheap imitation. Expired. I think my dad's feelings were hurt by that revelation, but he said he understood.