Main Archives About kitchenMage My Cookbook Shop Connect:    RSS icon   email icon   twitter icon   Pinterest icon   flickr icon   kitchenMage's Recipes @Feastie

« Sleepover Steel-cut Oats Recipe | Main | Lemon mousse recipe »

PSA: Do You Have Backups of Your Recipes?

Losing your business in a fire is a tragedy but Archie Marlin, owner of Alps Candy Store in picturesque Leavenworth, WA has a much larger loss to contend with: 600 recipes. The original recipes, which represent 35 years of Marlin's work at the store, went up in flames along with the building. Fortunately, the building was insured. But there is no insurance for the years of work that those recipes represent.

Marlin has a great attitude about this. (Better than mine would be, I think.) Asked if he can recreate the formulas, he says, ""Sure, I can do it. They might not taste the same but they will have the same names — if I can remember the names." (Fire badly damages Alps candy store)

Having spent much of the last two decades as an IT consultant, I'd like to pass along the first question I ask clients who are having computer problems - it applies here as well.

Do you have a backup of your data?

Well, do you?

If you do, the computer can crash (or the store can burn) and your work survives intact. If not, well...are you feeling lucky?

It's a simple thing to do. Make copies of your files, archive your blog, photocopy those stained 3x5 cards from your Nana. But do it. Please. We'll all sleep better tonight.

...and Mr Marlin, I wish you all the best of luck in your quest to recreate your candy recipes. The thoughts of many, many a cook are with you.

Comment Policy

Hello! Thanks for stopping by. I love good conversations and some great ones take place here in comments. Whether it's an opinion a deep topic or simply a tweak you made to a recipe, we all learn more when additional voices join in.

Comments are moderated for spam so your comment will not appear immediately. Beyond that, however, my policy is to allow open, honest, uncensored feedback and conversation. (You may have no idea how rare this is. I didn't either...) I trust my readers to behave reasonably, they seldom let me down.

Please join in the discussion.



TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference PSA: Do You Have Backups of Your Recipes?:

I also write at:

Popular Posts

I also write at:

All content on this site is © Beth Sheresh (2005-2012). Please play nice and don't take things that aren't yours.
See something you like and want to use? Drop me a note, kitchenMage(at)gmail(dot)com. I'm pretty agreeable when people ask.
Related Posts with Thumbnails Related Posts with Thumbnails