The Secret Family Recipe

I feel like the internet (and Pinterest) might be killing the idea of secret recipes.

Not all families have a recipe that is special and passed down, but the family I married into does. When Brad and I started dating the K-fam baklava season was just about to begin. I didn’t realize how amazing their secret recipe was until I a.) had it and b.) saw how crazy people go for it.  I was amazed at how many people placed huge orders with my in-laws for their baklava every year.

People asked, begged and tried to bribe to get the recipe. Sure you can find baklava recipes online, but theirs is just different.  And part of what makes it special is the secret.

I wasn’t even allowed to help make baklava until Brad and I were engaged. But I also didn’t have access to the recipe… until my bridal shower when I unwrapped what I thought was a picture frame.

Unwrapping the secret family recipe

Now that I’m a Kerstetter I have the recipe and we make it occasionally during the holidays. I could share the recipe, special ingredients and certain tips here on my blog and get a ton of views and engagement and satisfy the curiosity of many… but then the recipe isn’t special.

I have a box full of recipes and am happy to share every single one that I have except for the one. I feel like each person should have that one thing that they make special. The internet is making special recipes into community property and I love the ones I find online. Here’s my take: Share all of the recipes you want, but don’t be afraid of having one thing that’s special to you or your family that’s secret.

Do you or your family have a secret recipe?


Halloween is approaching… quickly. And I don’t really care.

I like fall and I like October, but I can pass on Halloween. For some people, it’s a favorite holiday. For me, it’s a day. In fact, I have never dressed up for Halloween.

Go ahead and gasp because I’ve also never been trick-or-treating.

I grew up in a family that didn’t celebrate Halloween, and we were a normal family (in the sense that there’s no definition of normal for any family because each family is weird in its own way).

Now you’ll think I was deprived…

But I do fondly remember playing in the leaves this time of year and then as an intelligent college student we would go get the post trick-or-treat clearance candy!

Now if only they made sugar free candy corn. Will someone please invent that?

I do like the end of October, because it’s when I started dating my husband