Grandma Marya's Chicken Soup
My grandmother was famous for leaving out some important instrucion when she would hand off a recipe, so I always felt like I needed to call her whenever embarking upon a dish I had learned from her. I would call her when making chicken soup, however, just so I could talk to her. She would laugh at me, and then give me the weather report, a run-down of what all she had eaten in the past few days and tell me where the best sales on groceries were that day, despite the fact that I lived thousands of miles away.
Now that she has passed, I can no longer check the accuracy of any of her recipes - and I inherited a huge file of them. There are at least 10 coffee cake recipes in there - none are the same, and all of them appear to be missing some key ingredient or instruction. She liked to be the one to make everything the best, I suppose!