About Lindsey:

I am the writer, photographer and culinary prowess behind American Heritage Cooking. I believe in delicious homemade food and the power of cupcakes (and a good statement necklace)!


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Beyond the Blog, I do have a full time job working as a pastry and savory cook in a NYC restaurant and I cultivate AHC in my spare time. This January (2015) I uprooted from Atlanta, GA to attend the International Culinary Institute in New York City! I have since graduated from the Pastry Arts program and I am loving sharing everything I learned with you! (You can read my first culinary school update here, the second one here, the third one here, and the fourth one here!) If you want to see what I’m up to (and baking daily), you can follow me on Instagram!

{I’m pretty sure someone in my family is going to make me take this picture down! So enjoy it while it lasts!}

AHC has helped me realize three of my life passions: writing, photography and cooking/baking. I’m not sure where this latest adventure in culinary school will take me, but I cannot wait to find out!

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Until then I look forward to cooking, baking, exploring NYC and and learning to work the hot line one pick-up at a time!


I warmly welcome your feedback, suggestions, and questions! And, by all means, if you have a particular family recipe that you would like to see on the site, please send it my way – heirloom recipes are what makes our culture so diverse and rich!

You can always email me at [email protected]

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About AHC:

Welcome! I’m overjoyed that you have stopped by! This blog combines my passions for cooking, antique books (well, all books), and American history. I post a smorgasbord of heirloom recipes, heritage recipes, my personal creations, and modern recipes that are just too good not to share. Oh, and a lot of cupcakes!

These are really The BEST Death by Chocolate Cupcakes! Double chocolate cake filled with German's chocolate ganache all topped with a silky dark chocolate buttercream!

I love cupcakes. They are like little packages of happiness. 🙂

This blog began purely as a place to share recipes from America’s early colonial history, but, while the passion behind this blog remains the same, the direction has changed. I originally intended to bake and cook my way through old cookbooks and heirloom recipes, but I quickly realized that my true passion is for creating new recipes, combining different ingredients and presenting them in an accessible way.

Spiced Apple Cider Cranberry Cupcakes | Soft, moist apple cider cinnamon cake filled with spiced cranberry compote and topped with a cinnamon cream cheese butter cream! And don't forget the sugared pie crust leaf!

Oh, and {spoiler alert} there are no Cupcakes in Amelia Simmons, American Cookery. Trust me, I checked.

There are some buried treasures [like these halfway bars or this cinnamon flop] in the books of the past, forgotten as new and more exciting recipes take their place, but I learned the hard way that there are some recipes that are best left in the past.

I felt the strict constraints of my blog restricting: I wanted to be free of the tight boundaries that I had placed, but I also believe that America is big enough to accommodate ALL these recipes I love. The Melting Pot means that American cooking is a mélange of cuisines and the twist we put on them. As I have explored various popular and historical recipes, I realized that American cuisine is more about the American twist that we add, because, like the first settlers, our recipes are adaptations of Old World foods. As America grew a cohesive identity so did her food.

This Healthy Beef Stroganoff has all of the familiar flavor with none of the guilt!

I still try recipes from my (vast) collection of antique cookbooks, and I’ll probably never stop collecting them. There are several that are culinary gospel to me and I will check there before anywhere else, but I was surprised and delighted by the joy I get from creation.

Tuscan Vegetable Sausage Soup | An easy, flavorful and delightfully filling soup! The secret is in the broth!

I am sure AHC will continue to evolve as my passions shift or become more focused, but I hope you’ll stick around with me for the journey! Or at least the cupcakes.