Over the holidays, Jacob's cousin Rachel sent me a bunch of recipes passed down from his paternal grandmother's side of the family. She was a big compiler of recipes, and Jacob's aunt Kathy often brings her delicious cookies to family gatherings, where I've asked for the recipes to add to my own collection.
Today's NY Times article on recipe marginalia, the "ghosts" of old cookbooks, make me think of the stories attached to these recipes, meals and gatherings held and enjoyed by people I know of, but will never know.
I especially love the notes attached to the challah:
It's the oil in the egg yolk that makes the beautiful glaze.
Sesame or poppy seeds optional.
As usual, I cheated and added a smidgen of yellow color.