In my family, cooking and eating are practically a love language, so when I think about my favorite dishes from my youth and who made them, and as I indulge in those same treats now, they make me recall fun and happy times, and that makes the feelings of nostalgia bubble up. Cooking and following family tradition makes us nostalgic, especially over holidays, family gatherings, and other traditional events.
For me, it’s not just any food that brings back strong memories—it’s those foods that I prepared or ate with my family when I was growing up that do it for me. This is one time that my feelings are even backed up by science! Researchers suggest that when we associate foods with happy memories, the effects are profound, impacting how good we think foods taste as well as how good those foods make us feel. I don’t even have to be eating something to get that nostalgic feeling. Certain cooking smells can elicit many pleasant memories for me.
Although I love creating new recipes in keeping with today's tastes and trends, there's something sweet about a vintage recipe that can still hold its own. From a (almost) classic BLT to a fancy Beef Wellington, let’s look at a few time-honored recipes that are due for a comeback.
- BLT -- Bacon, lettuce, and tomato are one classic flavor combo that has certainly stood the test of time. Our Bellisari’s version has a twist or two, and everyone at my house loves when BLTs are on the menu! (https://bellisaris.com/pages/blt) *mayo is optional in this recipe, but I like it.
- Saigon Deviled Eggs -- how long has it been since you’ve eaten a proper deviled egg? Everyone I know loves them, but they don’t ever make them. Let’s change that by making a batch of these easy-to-whip-up eggs. 3 ingredients are all you need! (https://bellisaris.com/pages/saigon-deviled-eggs)
- Beef Wellington -- For old-fashioned elegance on a plate, this delicious dish looks very complicated, but it’s really an easy recipe to make. This is perfect for your next date night! (https://bellisaris.com/pages/beef-wellington)
If you explore the recipe section of our website, you’ll find many recipes that might take you back to a happy, carefree time in your life. Enjoy the nostalgia!