This is so nutsy, I don't even know where to begin.
OK, my mom makes fantastic spaghetti sauce. Fan-fricking-tastic. We never had a jar of Ragu in our house growing up. Anathema.
When I got married, she gave me the recipe. Other than telling you how many cans of tomatoes to put in, there are no amounts. Just a list of ingredients and what order to add them to the pot, basically.
I mean literally, it says "add salt and pepper and spices". No measurements whatsoever. This is because my mom doesn't measure when she makes it, and frankly neither do I. I put in the spices until it looks right. It's hard to convey that via recipe though!
Anyway. Last night/this morning I made a huge batch of sauce. Some friends asked me for the recipe so I put it on my recipe blog then posted a link on my Facebook account.
Well, I tell you, my brother freaked out. He demanded I remove the recipe, called me a traitor to the family and defriended me. In that order.
I laughed my ass off.
Seriously. Tomatoes, onion, garlic....these are secret ingredients?
I tried to joke with him about it but he was totally serious. I think he needs Prozac.
After I laughed for awhile, I called my mom so she could laugh too.
I barely even got the words, "So I put the recipe on my blog..." out of my mouth and I heard this audible gasp.
"You ARE a traitor!" she said.
I laughed even harder than before.
"Mom seriously! You're not mad! What's the secret...oh shhh don't look, there's TOMATOES in the recipe. Ooooh."
She laughed, I think, and then in all seriousness said "Well you better not put my cheesecake recipe online! That's a secret!"
"Mom!" I said. "You got that from our neighbor!"
"Yes I did. I got it, and now it's mine, and it's top secret."
Loons. Every one of them.
Next recipe I post...mom's SECRET recipe for Grilled Cheese. Hint: There's cheese in it.