Cooking Up Some Ideas

“The worst gift is a fruitcake. There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other.” — Johnny Carson 

Who knew a cookbook could trigger delicious new writing ideas. While searching for recipes for dinner, I came across some interesting tidbits tucked into one of my mom’s cookbooks.

The first thing I found was a bridge tally. On the blank side of the tally was a recipe for fruit punch. It had specific measurements for all the ingredients except for the last one – gin. So how much gin do you add? Your guess is as good as mine. All I know is next to the word gin was the word good. That bridge game must have had lots of punch!

The next recipe I found was handwritten on my great aunt’s stationary. It was for making mince meat from scratch. I tasted mince meat pie when I was younger. Once was enough. When I read all the ingredients that went into it, I knew this was a recipe that would never be used by me. The seven pounds of shin bone is what finalized my decision. And what do you do with the resulting TWENTY-FIVE pounds of mince meat? Give it away? Johnny Carson was wrong. The worst gift isn’t a fruitcake, it’s mince meat!

The last recipe I found in the cookbook was a bit out of the ordinary. It was directions for making a BERNAT BABY PAK – bootees, mittens, cardigan, and bonnet. I wonder what my mom was cooking up for my dad with that!

Now it’s time to let my imagination run loose and cook up some creative writing.

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