Recipe Cards and Star Wars - Forever Together in My Mind

| 8/13/2012 11:22:00 AM

As I was attempting an extensive house cleaning I came across a book filled with recipe cards.  Like finding a high school yearbook or long lost love letter the cleaning was put aside as I read through the cards and thought about the people who had given me the recipes.

 Eggplant Parmesan Recipe 

First and foremost was a recipe for Eggplant Parmesan.  The card is has been splattered with water or grease but those stains don’t blur my memory.  It’s been years since I made this recipe but because of it I learned to appreciate eggplant; consequently I judge all Italian recipes by the quality of their Eggplant Parmesan subs.  I love Eggplant Parmesan, thanks to Susan and her recipe card. 

Star Wars and The Recipe Card 

When I got the card it was during the time Star Wars first flew onto the movie screen.  At the time Susan’s husband was a medical student at Emory University.  Susan and I met because we both worked in the same department at the medical school.  The card is smudged – almost beyond readability but I can just make out the recipe.  Enough so that when the weather cools down a bit I’ll make the recipe again and recall the wonder we all had at the special effects in Star Wars.  Sadly, the jump into hyperspace is not nearly as breathtaking when seen on a TV as it was in the movie theatre.  My grandchildren, and even my children, cannot comprehend the awe that was Star Wars when it arrived in theaters.  That magic was akin to the first time we melted cheese in a microwave oven.

 Memories flood back as I flipped through those recipe cards from aunts, grandmothers even friends of my mothers.  Cards that recalled my youth.  Cards given as wedding shower presents.  Recipes I carefully copied out of magazines. 

Christopher Otto
9/19/2013 10:13:31 AM

Janann: Thanks so much for holding onto these recipe cards and sharing these memories. They are, indeed, an important part of our history. And, too often, they are forgotten or tossed away during life's big transitions. I came across one such collection of recipe cards in a flea market a couple of years ago, and wrote about it in two-part blog: PART 1: and PART 2: ...

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