Ruining a double batch of jam didn’t keep me from sharing it with friends. When one particular friend and her two sons (ages 3 and 5 at the time) were bragging on it, I took the opportunity to pass along my new-found wisdom about recipe-doubling. I ended the whole store with a dramatic pause, then “Never double the recipe!”

Little did I know just how seriously those little guys were taking in my advice. When I arrived the following week with a plate of muffins, the three-year-old immediately asked, “Did you double the recipe?” Come to find out, he also had been passing the advice along to his grandmother!

The torch has been passed.