I don’t collect many things, but what I do love beyond all reason are old recipes. I fairly swoon over handwritten recipe cards and the very well loved variety. I especially enjoy when I’m able to procure a full recipe box or binder. It’s amazing the details you can gather, the hopes and dreams you can find tucked between pickles and J-ello salads. In all those instructions and measurements are the story of a person and in some cases the world. One of my favorite is for meatloaf, the recipe penned during WWII. When the ingredient list arrives at ‘cheese’ it’s exressed thusly, “Use as much as your rations allow.” One sentence that speaks of a thousand acts of sacrifice and bravery.