Today in the Kitchen… Nourishing Traditions

Feb 21, 2012 | Recipes | 21 comments

No, not the book.
But do you have food traditions in your home?
We do.
I love to have a breakfast dinner once a week.
Sunday nights are all about simplicity.
Shepherd’s Pie cheers up a weary husband.
And just about every weekend I bake a cake.
Last weekend I was in the mood for lemon (as usual) and so I worked up this little number based on Martha Stewarts white cake recipe.  (I added the zest of 4 lemons after infusing the sugar with it and two tablespoons of lemon juice.)  What it created was a SUPER moist cake and the left overs never became dry, even after a couple days.
For the frosting I have been experimenting with “antique” recipes and by googling “historical” or “antique” recipes you can find a whole slew of them that are as old as the hills.  I tried one of these for the frosting.
Very interesting.
A couple weeks ago I had some extra time so instead of following a recipe 
I designed a new cake.  
This weekend’s cake has yet to be decided. 
 But it’s so fun to look forward to, it looks so nice under the dome on the counter and it’s perfect for offering a slice to people who may pop by for an impromptu weekend visit.
“If I had known you were coming I’d ‘ave baked you a cake.”
What sort of nourishing traditions do you have in your home?
I’d love some new ideas!


  1. Mandy

    every sunday we try to let each kid have a turn choosing a dessert. we’ve kind of fallen away from it with going gluten free and figuring that part of it out, but will start again soon. but HOW on Earth do you continue to maintain a good weight with the yumminess you cook?!

  2. Ivy Clad

    Kitchen traditions make me happy. Making homemade eggnog for New Year’s eve is one of my family favorites passed down from my grandmother who started it as a celebration of both the New Year and her wedding anniversary to my grandfather. (They had 13 kiddos, so most anniversaries were celebrated at home with the kids. So the eggnog was made suitable for the kids to drink and join the celebration too.)

    Love this post!


  3. Anonymous

    i’ll think about my own, but these memories popped up:

    my grandmother kept her cake on a baker’s rack … she probably made 3 a week. Grandaddy was a sweet tooth. I can still hear the glass cake dome ring as it was lifted and replaced several times a day 🙂

    An elderly friend grew up on a dairy farm. His mother made A PIE EVERY WEEKDAY and hid it every night. The brothers had to find the pie after dinner if they wanted to eat it.

    deb meyers

  4. savvycityfarmer

    does mc donalds fries for the kiddies count?

  5. Ruby Jean

    Oh my goodness a Cake Every weekend!!! I am thinking I want to be your neighbor…. 🙂 When my husband is home he always makes special meals for us… 🙂 LOVE it!!!


    We enjoy tea and a long chat after dinner each night. My husband makes the tea.


  7. Julie

    I love food traditions – believe me, your children will have such sweet memories of these things.

    On Sunday mornings, while Mom slept in, my dad always made waffles on his mother’s 1930’s waffle iron. Dad worked 6 days a week, so the time with him was precious to both Dad and his kids, and I’m sure my mom appreciated the extra sleep before she had to get us ready for church.

    Mom was a hit or miss cook, but I even have wonderful memories of the dishes she didn’t make all that well. They are the stuff of funny family stories.

    To this day, when I smell certain foods, it instantly takes me back 40 years to such fond memories of my parents.

  8. Patti

    Let me start by saying I adore your blog and thanks for the Google tip on “antique” recipes!!! Cooking is one of my passions and I learned most of what I know from my Mom and I’m hoping that I can pass some of my love of cooking…and everything kitchen related…on to my 4 daughters!!! I love when they want to be in the kitchen with me..although I will admit to being kind of a control freak!! 🙂

  9. Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade

    My husband occasionally fixes the best cinnamon toast, usually always on a Sunday morning.
    Hugs~~~ Daphne

  10. Suzy

    I am actually cooking my way through my great grandmothers cookbook that she wrote for my mother while she was growing up. There are some fantastic authentic German recipes. Some of the recipes are so old, that I did not understand what the measurements were. Peck, #2 can of fruit. I had lots of questions for my own grandmother! Whenever I cook from the book, I feel as though I am part of tradition. I write a great deal about it on my own blog. I love all things rooted in tradition, especially recipes. Brings family closer.

  11. Sush

    Yum…we celebrated Mardi Gras today even though I’m no longer residing in New Orleans. Over the weekend we had an engagement party and used Mardi Gras for the theme. Talk about good food and traditions!
    Laissez les bon temps rouler!

  12. Lisa DeNunzio

    Well you read my mind. Today I am planning to produce or ‘reproduce’ as it were an Italian recipe from my mother. It is a biscotti recipe, but I found out a great ‘tweak’ from a friend who spends time living between Italy and U.S. Vedremo! (We will see……)

    I am a happy to be a new follower.

    Best, Lisa
    La Dolce Villa

  13. Mary @Hunting and Gatherings

    I love old recipes too! I just rediscovered a 1930’s church recipe book that was my mothers. Looking at the recipes brought smiles to my face – they are so simple compared to the sophistication today. Where else would you find how to make a salad with gingerale or a cake with tomato soup?

  14. Priscilla

    My husband traveled a lot, but was usually home on the weekends. Saturday was either a dinner party at home, or out to one at someone’s house. Sunday dinner was usually a rather formal sit down in the dining room deal. and so once in a while he liked to breakfast for supper. This would include bacon, sausage, eggs, waffles or pancakes, biscuits or hash brown potatoes, you know, all the regular stuff. It seemed so comfortable.
    I love to bake. I used to make lots of cakes, when he was alive and the girls still lived at home.
    One of the nicest cakes I’ve ever made was this one for my friend’s birthday. You could use any preserves, as Cloudberries are very rarely available in the US. It is quite easy, and tastes wonderful.

    Swedish Cloudberry Cake

  15. Valerie

    We recently started homemade Pizza night. Either Friday or Saturday night (whichever night daddy is off-duty from the fire department) we try our hand at creating new pizza combinations with homemade crust. I have yet to perfect my pizza crust recipe so if you have one…

    Anyway, I’m thinking a cake a weekend sounds pretty good with our Pizza Night…or maybe for Sunday dinner!

  16. Sherri

    That is funny you said once a week you like to serve a breakfast dinner. I just told my husband over the week that we are going to do that from now on! #1 it saves $ but #2 is makes life so much more simpler! I am going to pick a different day during the week to do this because we both work and have really demanding jobs! Enjoy that gorgeous cake-it looks awesome!!

  17. Carolyne

    Oh, how I *love* your enthusiasm! One of my favourite things is reading cookbooks….yes! they can be fun reading.
    Those old ring-bound church cookbooks (before the canned soup rage of hot dishes!), Julia Child, Swedish cakes and cookies and older pastry books. You might look for “The Art Of Fine Baking” by Paula Peck……a real gem!
    BTW, I do so wish I could attend your “launch”. ‘Logistique’ from my little village at the foot of the Siskiyou mountains to O’Hare are overwhelming at the moment. I know it will go off splendidly.

  18. Heather's Blog-o-rama

    I always make a batch of healthy organic chicken broth/chicken&veggie soup. My father and I both love it…and it’s good for us, too 🙂 Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather 🙂

  19. Roses, Lace and Brocante

    This is a fantastic cake Angela and I love how you make a cake each weekend – your littles must LOVE you!!

    You’ve inspired me as I’ve got family coming for dinner Friday night, so this will be perfect for dessert – thank you mon amie!!

    Shane x


    I am really looking forward to your magazine! Can’t wait to sit down with a nice cup of tea and look through it cover to cover. That cake looks sooooo delicious! I bet it was awesome with the lemon! Have a beautiful day. xoxo Kim @ Bluebirds and Bluebirds


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