July 5, 2007
A Green Rice Revival

If you don't already have one, you just might inherit one some day - a box filled with recipe cards. The cards may be wrinkled, smudged and barely legible, but you can sense the family history and affection behind each one. Someone should set up a Web site where those old recipes and the stories that go with them can be shared.

Someone has. She's Jane O'Riordan of Fiddletown, who with her husband Bill Easton owns the winery Domaine de la Terre Rouge in Amador County's Shenandoah Valley. She's a chef, caterer and cookbook author, and now a Web site entrepreneur. She's just launched Green Rice, a site where people with collections of old recipe cards can post them along with family photos and the stories behind each dish.

Why Green Rice? "The Green Rice recipe card came from my grandmother, Miriam Pinger, passed down to me from my mother, Barbara Doyle. Green Rice was something I remember both of them making for family gatherings in the 60’s," she explains on the site.

Don't fret that some of the cards may be so stained and the handwriting so obscure that you won't be able to use the recipes. Jane also puts them up in a readable format that easily can be printed. She also outlines on the site how contributors should go about submitting recipes, photos and stories about the people behind them.

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