Being an INFP (I = “introvert”), I lack, in the words of Bobby Boucher’s mom, “What dey call da social skills.” So I am constantly on the lookout for no-brainer ways to prove that I can indeed interact successfully with other human beings offline. 🙂
This weekend, I was invited to a social gathering (a small group study, if you must know). Everyone was supposed to bring a dish. I am not much of a cook, but I do have a few recipes that work well for me and my short attention span. So I made a pie. I had promised my friend, the hostess, the recipe for this particular pie in payback for a favor. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any blank 3 x 5 cards in the house. I suppose I could have copied the recipe on the back of the un-blank index cards I found, but I seriously doubt my friend has any real interest in Air Force Weather School flash cards. But I digress.
I found a really nifty site, opensourcefood.com, where you can post pictures and recipes. I made the pie, snapped a photo of it artfully placed on my tatami placemat with my cell phone, uploaded it to my computer, and in less than 5 minutes, I had the prettiest printed recipe sheet, complete with a picture of the actual dish I’d be sharing and my friend would be eating that very night.
My friend seemed to like the recipe sheet, and I thought “Aha! In the future, that would be a nice gesture to the hostess of any social gathering where you bring food. Bring the recipe, with a picture of the actual dish to be eaten.”
Of course, if you’re bringing a two-liter of Big Red and a bag of Fritos, you might want to consider something else. But if you’re going to go to the trouble of fixing a dish, heck, why not memorialize the occasion for both you and your friend? After a certain number of parties, you’ll end up with all your favorite sharable recipes in one handy spot. So in the event that you accidentally set fire to your precious real-world recipe cards (hey, you’re working with a stove, it could happen) you’ve got a backup of your most important ones online.
In fact, if you had the time, you could go ahead and post all your favorite family recipes, and then just update the pictures as you actually made them for family and friends. If you don’t like opensourcefood, there are lots of recipe sites on the web. Pick the one you like best.