Sometimes a recipe is more than a set of instructions for a certain dish. It's a gateway to something else - a person or place that existed once, but is now gone. It doesn't matter if infinite iterations exist, or even if the method has changed over time.
For Robbie Tutlewski, the chef and owner behind Little Donna's catering in Washington, D.C. (who is also working on opening a restaurant by the same name), The Recipe happens to be one of the first things he learned to cook: palacinke, a thin style of pancake that belongs in the large canon of such griddled goods as blini and crepes. "Palacinke are the Serbian Croatian version," Tutlewski says. "This and pierogi were the first things I made with my grandmother."