hello world

hello world!  i am very excited about starting this blog.  these recipes are from both of my grandmothers collections dating back to the 1800s.  my hope is to show the world that cooking is easy and fun. my family fiance kevin, and i all have a passion for cooking and it my pleasure to share our passion with you. i hope y’all are inspired to try these recipes with your friends and family.


my grandmothers

this is my nanny norma.  she was born in pennsylvania and raised in new jersey.  with her parents being from austria and her husbands parents from italy, she has an abundance of european recipes she has shared with me over the years.


this is my grandmother june.  she was born and raised as a native georgian and has the most authentic southern recipes that have been based down for 4 generations.  she was the best southern cook around and i will continue to pass down her recipes to my children.



  1. This is a lovely heritage of family recipes. It is wonderful to share them. Virginia

  2. Liz

    Thank you very much for following my blog. I look forward to trying out some of your recipes and also look forward to seeing your posts. Kind regards and Best Wishes!

  3. Hi Laura, We just wanted to say thank you for following our blog! – You’ve got an awesome blog here yourself and we look forward to exploring it more! :) Cheers!

    • Hi! Thanks for coming to mine as well! All of the recipes I have looked at so far on yours look so wonderful and I cant wait to try some of them! I will let you know how they turn out :)

  4. Hi Laura, I found your Blog “Cooking From The Heart” and just love all the wonderful recipe’s you have on here dating back over a century ago! Your story is amazing and you have truly started a site that is sure to be a favorite of mine! Keep em coming, we will be looking!

    Have a great day, be safe, be healthy, continue on…

    • Hi Linda! Thanks so much for stopping by! It has been fun to bring recipes back from when my parents were kids and recreate them and one day be able to make them for my kids! I am just going through your site now and it is so interesting! Cant wait to continue to look at it. Stay in touch!

      • Thanks Laura! I am fairly new to blogging and trying to add new posts regularly, its fun and I really like finding interesting blogs like yours! I am mostly a “baker”, but also like to cook!

  5. all your food looks amazing….I’m gonna steal the recipe of crunchy cheese biscuits for tommorow:) have a nice weekend:)

    • Thanks for stopping by! I got the crunchy cheese biscuits recipe from myfavouritepastime.com so make sure you check out Liz’s blog as well! Please let me know how they turn out!

  6. thank you for the following my blog :)

  7. My grandparents were from Austria and Italy too. Growing up I had some wonderful food memories which I’m trying to pass on to my children. Will be following your posts with great interest. It’s wonderful to see how recipes evolve as they are passed down the generations. I’ve had to adapt my Nona’s recipes to an Australian lifestyle.

    • Laura Smith

      That is so great! The mix of Austrian and Italian recipes I have makes for a very ecletic recipe box. I bet we have some of the same recipes! Thanks for following :)

  8. Hi Laura. Thank you for checking out my blog today and following. I look forward to many more of your post. You have a very fine blog and I really love the idea of you sharing your grandma’s recipes. My best food memories come from my grandma’s kitchen!

    • Laura Smith

      Same here! My grandmothers taught my parents and my parents have taught me. Now I am prepared to share what I know with my children some day! Cooking is on the best memories I think a person can have with their family. Thanks so much for following!

  9. Thanks for following, Laura! Nice blog.

  10. I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award, congrats my dear!

  11. Your recipes look wonderful! I can’t wait to try them!

  12. Thank you for the follow! ~simplydaisies

  13. Thank you so much for the follow Laura, really appreciated. What a great mixture of heritages you have – a touch of Italian and Austrian all wrapped up with plenty of southern. I’d hope the recipes are simple for me – now to take a tour. MM 😋

  14. Laura, thanks so much for coming over to Chew Out Loud! Yay! :) Oh, I just love the photos of your grandmothers. So, so sweet. And what a wonderful way to preserve the recipes handed down from them… here, it will be shared with the world, and we all get to enjoy your grandmothers’ yummy food :)

  15. Hi Laura! Thank you so much for visiting and following my blog. I love that yours is such a ‘labor of love’, and I’m looking forward to trying some of your recipes–especially the Pasta Salad! I always forget about capers!

    • Thanks for visiting! I ALWAYS forget about capers too and I do not know why because they are so good! Ill have to come up with some more recipes to use them in!

  16. Beautiful pictures of your Grandparents!! I love vintage recipes and I can’t wait to explore your blog and try your beautiful recipes out!

  17. You have some delicious sounding recipes! Thank you for following my blog also.

  18. You have a lovely blog! Thank you for following my blog and I’m planning to make some recipes off of yours!

  19. For whatever it’s worth, kudos on the philosophy and your spirit and your homage to your grandmothers and your family. Cooking would just be a wingnut playing with fire if there weren’t family and friends to share it all and create traditions and bonds that clearly, in your case, have lasted. Thanks for stopping by a place I call my own and where perhaps my own traditions will start.

  20. Hi Laura! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for following. You’ve got a great blog!

  21. So glad we found your blog! You’ve got so many great recipes on here – can’t wait to start trying them out :)


  22. Hi Laura, thank you so much for the follow! I actually drooled looking through your recipes – awesome blog :D

  23. Hi Laura, you have an adorable blog! Thanks for stopping by Life Is Like A Dumpling. Looking forward to reading more of your posts! Sending you lots of blog love, xx Gen

  24. Thanks for following my blog,,,,I too love to cook and have lots of my mom’s european recipes and my grandma’s english recipes,,,plus lots of Canadian one’s too. I look forward to sharing and reading your blog!

  25. Thank you for stopping by Blazing a Trail for Wendy! You have a great idea for your bog. What a precious way to preserve your family memories, I can’t wait to taste a few!

  26. You have the same lovely smile as your grandmothers. Thank you for following me at Minkyweasel World,
    Shirley Anne x

  27. Boy oh boy, do you ever resemble your nanny norma! :)

  28. Love the fact that you are posting your grandmothers’ recipes! Thanks for stopping by my blog – I’m happy to know that you’re reading it!

  29. Thanks for stopping by http://www.domesticingenuity.com and subscribing to my blog. Your recipes look amazing!!! I cannot wait to try some of them. I look forward to more visits!

  30. Hi! I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award, so if you are interested please check out the link here for my post and the rules for accepting it. Please do not feel that you have to participate. Happy food blogging! http://fooddaydreaming.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/versatile-blogger-award/

  31. Thanks for visiting and following The He Said She Said Experience! I love your recipes, what a great idea! I love grandma’s recipes! :) -Kari

  32. Congratulations, Laura! You have been awarded: Sunshine Award
    I do not expect any action to be taken, or for you to generate a post (unless you wish to pass on the award nominations). Nevertheless, your blog has been awarded at: http://fae-magazine.com/2013/08/28/award-august-2013-part-2/
    Enjoy your Award! :D Fae.

  33. Hi Laura, Thanks for visiting my blog! I’m excited to explore all your recipes… I’m cooking spaghetti squash for the first time this week and I think I might try your spaghetti squash caprese bake, it looks delicious!

  34. Abbi

    I have nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award because I really enjoy visiting your blog. Enjoy! http://wherethewildthingsare14.wordpress.com/2013/09/14/the-versatile-blogger-award/

  35. wonderful blog! your recipes are so fun and refreshing!! We can’t wait to see what’s next!
    xx Vera & Rony

  36. Your recipes and pictures are amazing. Can’t wait to try them.

  37. A word of appreciation

    I feel flattered to know someone out there enjoy reading my blog. To me, this place is my window of creativity, where I share little bits and pieces of my cooking experience, recipes, decorating ideas etc. In short, where I share ideas to beautify my life. Having audience just makes this journey a lot more fun, isn’t it ;)

    Please feel free to leave me comments, give me suggestions, and fire me questions. Thank you very much! Have a beautiful day!


  38. foodessen

    Hi Laura :) Thanks so much for following my blog. I’m looking forward to reading yours!

  39. Hi Laura, Thanks so much for recently stopping by my blog. I love yours! You are so blessed to have such a rich heritage of cooking in your family. I come by my love of cooking from my grandmothers, and my mom as well. Can’t wait to see more of your recipes and read your posts!

  40. Thanks for following my blog. Im enjoying yours too :-)

  41. Laura, thank you for visiting my blog! I look forward to seeing more of your wonderful recipes.

  42. Thank you for visiting and following my blog. I’m glad to have discovered yours as well.:)
    It’s so nice that you pay such loving tributes to your grandmothers. Food is all about roots and traditions and bringing together different cultures.

  43. Thanks for stopping by and following my blog! I enjoyed having a look at your site and look forward to future posts! Also, love the beautiful photos of your grandmothers!

  44. Hi

    Thank you so much for finding my blog and following me

  45. Thank you for the follow on my blog! Yours is beautiful and has such a wonderful story!

  46. Hi Laura Layne, thanks for stopping by my blog and following, and lovely to see that those family connections are so important to your cooking too!

  47. LickYourPlate

    What a lovely reason for a blog!

  48. Beautiful blog! Thanks for the visit and follow.

  49. Thanks for the follow…I’m so glad you did because now I’ve discovered your blog. Anyone who has an appreciation of family and the past generations has my heart. Looking forward to following you too and exploring your recipes!

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