I’ve found myself in a bit of a conundrum, and as the holidays are upon us, I’m sure that your family recipes are making their ways back to the stovetop, oven, and wherever else you like to cook.
Part of my family is from El Salvador, so our recipes are handed down from generation to generation, and my favorite is this fantastic dish my Abuelita (or grandmother) makes called guisquile (sounds like whisk-eel and is better known here as chayote or water squash) relleno. It’s a lot like chiles rellenos but with that bright, pretty green water squash instead of chiles, which makes for a really a lovely dish, because the chayote is such a refreshing, light flavor, almost like a buttery cucumber, then when it’s fried with queso fresco and a fluffy egg batter… que rico! Now I know this is a pretty common dish in El Salvador, but it’s rather uncommon here, SO I buckled down, buckled up and drove up to Victorville to visit my Abuelita and learn how to make it. Now it’s a favorite that I prepare often for family and friends, and I would love to share the recipe.
Now here’s where my moral dilemma comes in.
This is a family recipe and I have this nagging guilt that it’s something to keep in the family and pass on from generation to generation.
And this is where you come in.
What would you do? Do you think sharing a family recipe is a violation? Do you think great recipes are to be shared? Tell me! Leave a comment with your reasoning, or just tell me yes or no in the poll below.