My parents are great cooks, and growing up in my family, food was love. But this past year I've made a big push for weight loss, and sadly that means my favorite family recipe for poppy seed cake is off the agenda. (Because you can't eat just one piece. It's more like one cake!) So here's how I've been keeping a bit of family recipe nostalgia in my life without eating my weight in baked goods! 1. Don't Make It: Although I'm perfectly capable of making poppy seed cake, my Mom's version tastes better anyway. So I leave that small treat for my return visits home.
2. Frame It: Even though I don't have cake after cake coming out of my kitchen, I can still keep the idea in mind. Try framing cherished recipes in your kitchen to remind you of all the good times.
3. Enjoy Other Foods' Inferiority: When times get desperate and I crave that soft tender crumble, instead of baking a whole cake I find a poppy seed treat at a local bakery. It's not as good as Mom's, but I also use that as an opportunity to tell her how much I miss her and her cooking! Pride in the kitchen can be a good thing and I like to keep it going!
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Related: Recipe: Lemon-Poppyseed Blinis
(Image: Sarah Rae Trover)