However, I want to offer this piece of advice if you answered "B" and someone asks if you'll share your recipe for chocolate-chip cake: Do not leave out the "chocolate chip" part. People will be on to you if you do that.
Anyway. I answered "A." Are you kidding me? I'm beyond flattered if anybody likes something I cook. And if that person also asks for my recipe, well! I just go all Sally Field on them. I put on a designer gown, jump up and down on a red carpet, and cry "You like me! You really, really like me!"
Not only will I share my recipe, I will also get in my car, drive to the grocery store, get out of my car, purchase all the ingredients, get back in my car, drive over to that person's house, get out of my car again, go straight into that person's kitchen with my bag of groceries and ask a lot of questions about where that person keeps the measuring spoons.
And then I will make my mom's apple-and-yam-casserole. Or Martha's clam chowder. Or Stephanie's pavlova. Or Kim's green salad. Or Jeannie's chicken pasta salad. Or Sally's skip-and-go-naked punch. Or Kathy's brownies. Or Shauna's French silk pie. Or Becky's artichoke dip.
Oh sure. I may add a little more salt — who doesn't love a little more salt? — or a little more garlic— who doesn't love a little more garlic? — but I'm definitely not clever enough to create a recipe from scratch. If I have any talent at all where recipes are concerned, it's that I can look at one and go, "M-m-m-m-m-m. That sounds kind of good."
You see what I'm saying here? Why should I get all possessive about a recipe I didn't create in the first place? Why shouldn't I spread a little of the recipe love that other people have shared with me?
But whatever. Like I say, to each his/her own.
Meanwhile, here's hoping that your recipes (shared and unshared) do not disappoint and that your Thanksgiving Day is both filling and fulfilling enough to fortify you for the holiday season ahead because that crazy train is headed our way, even though it feels like I just took down last year's tree.
Wow. Christmas already …
(My love and thanks to Nancy and Sally, btw. They know why.)