In 1976 I was working for an attorney. I was supposed to be filling in for his secretary who was on maternity leave for six weeks but she decided not to come back to work; I decided I loved that job and stayed there for 5 years. When I left to go to work for a larger firm, I cried. The attorney kept saying “You don’t HAVE to go!” I knew I didn’t have to go but, if I was going to stay in that field, I needed to go to a larger firm where I could be a paralegal . . the rest is history.
Anyway . . the first attorney . . his wife gave me a first printing copy of the Pirate’s Pantry cookbook that was hot off the press because it had her Buttermilk Pie recipe in there and she knew how much I loved her pie.
It has been so well used and so loved for 44 years. The back cover is missing. The front cover is torn and almost gone. Pages are stained – the sign of a well used cookbook. I got it out the other day to make the squash casserole I love. It’s a recipe submitted by a lady who was an art teacher at my high school.
I’ve made hundreds of Buttermilk Pies. In fact, I just added buttermilk to my grocery order.
As I picked up the cookbook, this sheet of paper slipped out. It’s a recipe I had loved for years but the last time I made it, I wasn’t overly thrilled with it. Cheese and green beans didn’t seem to go together any more but, since I loved it for many years, I may make it one more time just to see what we think and if we still aren’t crazy about it, I will archive this recipe (stick it in the filing cabinet and keep it forever because . . well, it’s been around just too long to throw away!).