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There’s no taste like home

UMass Dining publishes 15th annual home-inspired cookbook

Leaving home and living on your own for the first time can be a bittersweet transition. Despite the excitement of starting college, you might find yourself a little homesick. The mere memory of your dad’s pakoras or your aunt’s molasses cookies might have you counting down the days till Thanksgiving break before you’ve even memorized your professors’ names.

That’s why the folks at UMass Dining whip up the Taste of Home cookbook each year. Since 2008, they have sifted through hundreds of family recipe submissions from around the world to select the cream of the crop appetizers, entrees, desserts, and more.

“UMass Dining is privileged to have UMass families share their favorite recipes,” says Martha Monaghan, special events manager for UMass Dining. “We love to feature them for Family Weekend each fall and throughout the year.”

Each simple but delicious recipe offers a story to savor. So, scour this series of cookbooks to find your new favorite go-to! Here’s just one recent recipe to give you a taste of the offerings.

The Price Family Apple Cider Cake

While Morgan Price ’21 was finishing up her Sports Management degree, her mother, Holly Bowden Price, submitted their family recipe for an apple cider cake. It was featured in the 2021 issue of UMass Dining’s Taste of Home cookbook. “Our family loves to cook and share recipes,” explains Price. “So being able to reach the UMass family community was a great way to contribute a fall favorite.” Give her recipe a try and maybe you’ll discover a new autumnal favorite.

Baking ingredients for an apple cider cake, including eggs, oil, flour, butter, apple cider, cinnamon sticks, and sugar, all on a wooden cutting board


For cake batter

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • ¾ cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

For glaze

  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 4 tbsp. sugar
  • 4 tbsp. cider


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Butter a 10-inch bundt pan.
  2. Combine the first five ingredients in medium-sized bowl.
  3. Combine the next seven ingredients in a large bowl, using a whisk.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the large bowl and whisk until combined.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes; check for doneness with a toothpick or cake tester. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 15-20 minutes; then invert onto a wire rack.
  6. While the cake is cooling, combine butter and sugar in a saucepan and cook until bubbly. Whisk in cider and allow to boil for five minutes. Drizzle glaze over cake.