“No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers.”
Today was Easter Bread day, one of my Grandma Lindy’s holiday favorites. My sitter took the kids outside to play and my mom and I worked on our dough and made frosting from scratch. No, this isn’t a healthy treat with lower amounts of fat and sugar. It’s the real deal. While I’m a dietitian and love healthy foods, I also love the family culture of food. I feel that recipes passed down through generations shouldn’t be altered. They are a piece of your family history and I find it so cool that the Easter Bread my kids are enjoying is the same Easter bread my grandmother enjoyed when she was a child…ok not the same actual loaf, but you get what I mean. Now that she’s passed away it’s even more important to me to keep our family recipes alive for the next generation.
I’m not a believer in strict dieting protocols unless it is medically necessary. Balancing treats in a healthy way can be done and allows you to enjoy all foods and especially those special recipes passed down from grandmothers and great grandmothers. Afterall, this is precisely how the traditional Mediterranean diet works. Eating a healthy balance of plant-based foods with lean meats regularly and delicious desserts served during special celebrations. Research consistently demonstrates this style of eating has great health benefits showing you can enjoy some sweets in your diet.
Now for the recipe…well…I can’t post this grandma recipe. Some of those special celebration recipes are for our family only. Plus most of my grandma’s recipes don’t have many measurements so they aren’t very user friendly. If you’re in the neighborhood you’re welcome to stop by and have a piece!
Do you have a favorite recipe passed down through your family? Take them out, dust them off and use them!