editor’s notice: At this time’s very particular publish is from Betty Kilpatrick, who occurs to be the mom of certainly one of my finest buddies, Kristen. For those who learn this website, you’ve seen Kristen’s gorgeous work—she’s the photographer behind so lots of my favourite shoots by means of the years. We love speaking about meals collectively, and our conversations typically flip to what her mom, Betty, is cooking up at residence in Fort Value. For years, I’ve drooled over descriptions of the do-it-yourself cheeses and healthful baked bread and been equally moved by the best way that Kristen speaks of her mom’s creations with a lot pleasure and love.

In honor of Mom’s Day weekend—and since Kristen has been at residence cooking alongside her mama throughout quarantine—I requested the duo to share this Lemon Ricotta Poundcake that I just lately noticed on Kristen’s Instagram. Learn on for the inspiring story that Betty shares about what scratch cooking means to her, proper alongside her daughter’s images. And naturally, the recipe is on the backside—it’s one I’ll be making for years to come back.

I do know that you simply guys will discover this text as significant and particular as I did. From Betty:

Currently, I’ve been considering rather a lot concerning the expression “extra is caught than taught.” It actually rings true with passionate cooking and homesteading, one thing that has been handed down from one era to the following in my household. Rising up, I used to be fortunate to be near my grandparents – spending summers working (however actually taking part in) on their small farm. Life on the farm meant scratch cooking was the one possibility for Grandmom, a hard-working Czech lady who cherished a cut price till the day she died. My brother, David, and I used to scour her kitchen for something bought from the shop… our findings have been sparse. It’s one thing we used to joke about. In a time when every part comes premade, pre-chopped, or pre-cooked, it appears foolish to labor over such duties.

However as I’ve grown, I understand the advantage of scratch cooking significantly outweighs any time misplaced. Scratch cooking provides us time together, an idea of exhausting work and accomplishment, and a deep reference to the earth that sustains us.

For Grandmom, this meant that butter, cheese, milk, cream, bread, eggs, greens (be they recent or canned from the earlier harvest), and pickles all got here from her modest kitchen. Her freezer was filled with meats processed from the cattle Granddad raised, she knew the precise spot to seek out the turkey hiding within the woods, and in true Czech style, there was at all times a freshly baked sweet treat for her grandkids. David and I gladly accepted the latter, scarfing down each heat kolache that got here our method. My mother inherited this ardour from her personal days on the farm and right this moment, lots of the traditions keep it up. Whilst I write this, I’m wanting over my summer season backyard—realizing I want I had inherited Grandmom’s diligence about canning extra development. To today, the sight of a bursting inexperienced backyard dusted with orange squash blossoms jogs my memory of Grandmom and connects me to her legacy.

On the farm, making a large number within the kitchen was by no means thought-about a damaging—it was accepted as a part of the method. A course of that resulted in essentially the most scrumptious treats. We knew that any mess could possibly be thrown within the scrap bucket saved within the nook for chickens, or composted for subsequent yr’s development. Within the instances of COVID, instances when tragedy and heartbreak abound, I maintain tight to this concept.

Whereas a kitchen mess is nothing in comparison with the present state of the world, I do know that the mess of this can be used for subsequent season’s development. That this mess, too, whereas painful past think about, has been used to convey folks collectively.

I haven’t come throughout a single one who doesn’t have a silver lining within the midst of this all.

For me, this season has allowed me the additional time to take up cheesemaking once more, together with runs to native farms to get the freshest uncooked milk and necessary updates on the “ladies” (aka cows who I now know by title.) My largest silver lining has been having my oldest daughter, Kristen, isolate at our ranch for 2 months, permitting us to spend extra generational time within the kitchen. After a uncooked milk run and subsequent Gouda making, we discovered ourselves with an additional gallon of milk begging to be become recent ricotta. Bear in mind the e-book, “For those who give a mouse a cookie?” Properly, should you give Czech girls recent do-it-yourself ricotta, they are going to actually discover a method to make use of it in one thing candy and springy. Kristen added to my unique lemon ricotta poundcake recipe by suggesting candied lemon slices and I need to say, it elevated this cake to an entire new excessive. You’ll see. And since I do know you’re curious, the rest of the ricotta went in blueberry pancakes the following morning.

Whereas I might do something in my energy to remove the ache of so many throughout this time, I’m doing what I understand how to do: making lemon pound cake out of lemons.

Scroll on for the recipe for Betty Lou’s lemon ricotta poundcake…

This publish was initially printed on Could 8, 2020, and has since been up to date.

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