Museum at Home Interactive Blog: Recipe Challenge

My great-grandmother was known for introducing many of my family’s most heartfelt traditions. One of the most prominent of these was a love of cooking for others. She had a recipe for pound cake that could knock your socks off!

Many families (especially in Cayuga County) have very similar stories of kitchen creations that have been passed down through time. Some have been proudly unmodified through the generations, while others have been adapted with each new cook.

In this time of quarantine, the kitchen has become something of a center to American life once again. Whether for necessity, wanting a tasty treat, or just out of sheer boredom, folks around the country have been turning to their cookbooks and stoves and are participating in something of a culinary act of solidarity. 

For this week’s history day, we explored the local history of the kitchen in Cayuga County. You can learn more about that history HERE.

As a part of that history, we included historical recipes, and decided to make a few ourselves!

Take a look at the results!

White Cake Ingredients, Kirsten Wise
White Cake, Kirsten Wise
Cheddar Biscuits, Geoff Starks


You can find these recipes and so many more by clicking on the recipe box below:

Recipe Box (Explore Your History Exhibit: Cayuga Museum Collection)


We had so much fun making these simple recipes ourselves and wanted to share them with you. 

Now it’s your turn!

Share your kitchen creativity with us and join us in a recipe swap!

Rules of the Recipe Challenge:

1) Choose a Recipe!
It can be one of ours, a family recipe, or something you found anywhere and just wanted to try out.

2) Make It!
Follow the recipe precisely or go wild with it, whatever you like.

3) Record It!
Take pictures of your creation, tell us what it is, and write down the recipe that you used.

4) Tell a Story!
Does this recipe mean something to you? How did you feel while making it?

5) Share it with us!
Post your picture and recipe in the comments section of this blog or go on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, tag the Cayuga Museum and add these hashtags to your post: #museumfromhome #museumathome #nysmuseums #SupportCayuga #MuseumInExile


Have fun! We can’t wait to see what you share!

3 thoughts on “Museum at Home Interactive Blog: Recipe Challenge

  1. This is my sister and she is a great cook!
    All 7 sisters (no brothers)have shared many Italian-inspired recipes and we made a cookbook so our children would be inspired to carry on our traditions.
    We are very fortunate to have an extended family -cousins, etc. who share in our desire to teach family recipes to our children. ❤️

  2. This looks like a great project for sharing some family recipes! I started a recipe blog a few years back when people kept asking for my recipes and then telling me that their recipe did not come out like mine. So…..I started writing them out step by step and adding photos. As with many “family” recipes, there is always a (large!) discussion about how much a family member has changed the recipe, and whose version is more accurate! We have a large Italian family, and the discussion about food is always an inevitable part of every family gathering. Hope you enjoy the Italian Sesame Cookie version that I have adapted from an old family recipe.

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