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Why Sharing Recipes is Important


Andrew

This is re posted.


Andrew Keller

Every morning, Larry and I dig into a form or idea that has caught our eye. Our hope is that our chat inspires you to never stop thinking and possibly challenges you in a new way. If you'd like to help support the show, please visit patreon.com slash reposted. Thank you for stopping by. So a couple weeks ago, a couple days ago, who knows what day this is gonna air. But I was at Trader Joe's and I were checking out and the cashier said, oh, I've always wanted to try that pasta like what do you guys do with it? And we shared this recipe with him. It's a chicken Caesar pasta salad. And as we were leaving, I was like, oh, man, that was nice. And then it got me thinking like, there's probably something to sharing recipes with someone I went down. And I found a article called three reasons why sharing recipes is important. And so I talked to you last week, and I said, Hey, I want you to share a recipe with someone and see what happens like no pre determined things that you think are gonna happen. I did the same thing. And we were going to talk live and see what happened. And I'm curious, I'll share what what happened to me, but I'll let you go first. I know you shared a recipe, but how did this process play out for you? Well, so


Larry

here's the thing, just a little backstory about recipes. I'm very overwhelmed by recipes. I'm not like a like, so I'm the everyday cook in our house. But that means I just put things together and make it but if we're gonna like bake a cake for someone's birthday, my wife pulls out a recipe and goes step by step and loves that recipe is overwhelming. There's a lot going on there. Well, this


Andrew Keller

is very nuanced, or the Nicole hates the word nuanced. But recipes different than baking. Baking is like being a scientist and recipe is more by feel. But I hear your point. So


Larry

I sometimes I'll get a recipe or a see something from like the new york times I'm like, I'd really like to make that. But oh, there's so many steps to do that. So which is true. So you gave me this assignment. And I saw something that I just randomly happened to read something, it was called Japanese bear bread. And it's like you make these little tiny bears in this bread. very nuanced. You got to make the bread, then you got to put them in this little bear sort of thing. And I was like, I'd really like to make that what, like a mold. You


Andrew Keller

know, you kind of like shape them.


Larry

You kind of shape it to be a it's kind of this crazy. I don't know, maybe it's not. But anyways, Japanese bear bread bear puff bread. And it's like, I'd really like to make this and then you gave it to Simon that's like, this is great. I'm gonna send it to someone who will make this. And it might inspire me to make it and my sister has really gotten into baking bread during the pandemic. I was like, Oh, this is perfect. She probably has not made this yet. So I sent it to her. And she's like, reverse her response was like, Oh, I'm gonna make this nice.


Unknown Speaker

Do you talk to her often?


Larry

Yes. Okay. But not I mean, not like every day, but maybe every other week or so?


Andrew Keller

Yeah. So I think that's really cool, too. Has she made it yet? Or not? She


Larry

has I mean, I don't know if she's made it. I'm assuming that she demanded you to send me a picture. Yeah, she's got a couple of young boys. So works out good to have a little bread shaped as a bear. Yeah,


Andrew Keller

that's fun. So I recently made something, we had a salad from a restaurant, we're like, oh, we like this, but want to make this change on it. So we've like been working on it. And we've honed it. It's kind of like a winter salad. It's a kale salad with some rice. Anyway, I just think it's a fun way to go actually has three different three reasons to care. And the last one sharing recipes connects you with people. And I thought about someone that I used to be in connection with and haven't talked to that much recently, as the guy used to work with. He still lives in Northern California. And I was like, he likes to cook. And so I didn't explain why I was like, Hey, man, I got this recipe and for winter salad.


It made me think of you. I mean, Larry, you could make the winter salad. It's just putting it together.


Larry

I am not eating a winter salad. It's got nuts on it. I'm not eating that.


Andrew Keller

Oh, it does have nuts as


Unknown Speaker

your winter salad.


Unknown Speaker

Good cheese.


Andrew Keller

You know, it's I send it to them. And it's like someone I haven't talked to in a while and like it got us talking again. And not that we were strangers like we both have different lives. And at someone I enjoyed. And so over the past few days, we've just been catching up more. And I think that was nice. And to me, I think it's like a way it's a good excuse to reach out to someone that you haven't really talked to in a while without having a reason. It's like, Oh, we used to be really close because we work together. And we would just talk because we saw each other every day or fill in the blank for whoever that is in your life. And I would talk to him I don't have a reason to. And so I think sharing a recipe with someone is like a good excuse to be like, Hey, I thought about you.


Larry

Well, is that a little bit weird if you're like, Hey, we haven't talked to two years but here's a recipe For a Chinese chicken salad, is that not a weird?


Andrew Keller

I mean, it's a little bit weird. But he, I mean, how would you feel if someone sent that to you and be like, Oh, this person's nuts, I'm not going to respond to the email, like, it just reengaged me chatting with him.


Larry

I like, you know, I like this out of the box thinking. So I think, like someone I had talked to two years sent me a winner salad recipe. I'm like, Well, I think we're gonna reconnect. I like this idea. I do like this idea number three of using recipes to connect with people. I think it's awesome. Like, but I often like my wife gets overwhelmed by connections with people. She'd be like, Oh, I haven't talked to that person for so long. I got to write him a five page, email and catch up. I always feel like short accounts are better. Like some of that I haven't seen in like, maybe six months, I sent him this recipe. And that gets the conversation going. And I think that's awesome.


Andrew Keller

Yeah. And I guess as we were talking, I was thinking about, like, some people don't like to cook you like curating playlists, like you could make one for like, Oh, I know. You're, you're training for a 10k I made you a playlist. Like, it's, it was weird to write that email to that guy. And I was like, how do I even start this, I haven't talked to you in a year. And I was like, Hey, I thought you might appreciate this. If you don't want to make it, that's fine. But like, it doesn't have to be, I don't know, I think just the way I felt telling the Trader Joe's cashier about the recipe I was like this is I feel like I have more of a connection with this person. And I was like, I would like to be more connected to the people that I like. And so I just use it as an excuse. Or you could also do the other side to be like, Hey, I'm trying to cook more I know you like to cook, what's your favorite recipe and it's, that's another way to reach out to people sit at home and, and practice Latin


Larry

when winter salad. You know, I like this idea of just came in, as you were talking is that, you know, I hate giving presents just for present sake. But someone you know, I like the idea of baking something for them, giving it to them, and also giving them the recipe, being like I made this for you. I think you're gonna like it. And here is also the recipe if you want to do it again.


Andrew Keller

Yeah, I did that with a handful of people have sourdough bread. And during the pandemic, one person has taken up the recipe I have my sister in law gave me starter and gave me a recipe and that got me down the train. And then all the people in Los Angeles that I'm friends with from San Francisco, I would bring them bread and like oh, this is great. I should try it. They try it once and then gave up.


Larry

Okay, wait a minute, you didn't give someone some of your precious starter and they poo pooed you.


Andrew Keller

That's exactly what happened.


Larry

That's this dude. If someone gave me some of their starter I would be or if I gave away some of my starter and they just like let it go to waste. I'd be pissed, man.


Andrew Keller

Yeah, I mean, that's just how some people don't. I mean, it's a tall order to say make some sourdough bread, even though it's not that much work. Once you get down it into it's it's daunting to think about I wanted to make sourdough for about 10 years. And I started like looking into it. I was like, starter move. And so I just would stop there and like I made sure butter bread or something. But


Larry

do you um, your start is still going.


Andrew Keller

Yeah. And cold jokes. It's a it's my baby. I'll be like, well, we gotta leave the beach in 20 minutes, because I gotta feed the starter. It's true. You do have the finger when we moved because the starter fed for about a week


Larry

was that I mean, you got to do it. Like once a week. You got to feed a starter.


Andrew Keller

Yeah, once a week, kind of it minimum. I tried to do it more than that. Depending on how often I'm baking. Baking God.


Larry

Yeah. Honestly, baking overwhelms me. I love the idea that my daughter's now baking and my wife bakes because all those all those steps. Oh my gosh.


Andrew Keller

I mean, the more you cook, though, you understand like what those steps are? Yeah, I don't really need to do it that way. We had hellofresh for about a month. And I was like, Alright, there's steps here, but I'm just gonna make it a better way.


Larry

Why did you do it? I'm the last person in the world that I thought would do. hellofresh would be you. You could just it was an engagement present. Oh,


Andrew Keller

there you go. There you go. Well, if you would like some starter, please reach out. Find us at repost a podcast on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. I'm Andrew Keller for sourdough marries. Thanks for stopping by.



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