7 Recipes Just Like Mom Made Them

May  8, 2015

For every time our mothers bandaged our knobby knees, put up with our worst tantrums, and let us have that last piece of pie—even when she really wanted it—we'd like to say "thank you." This year, like every year, we get to celebrate the women who raised us, and what better a way to honor them than by cooking their recipes (and letting them have the last bite)? Here are 7 recipes inspired by the women who raised us—the aunts, grandmas, and like-a-second-mother-mothers:

Mrs. Z's Secret-Ingredient Baklava by cookbookchick

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My Mom's Taiwanese Sticky Rice by The Cooking of Joy



Banana Cake with Penuche Frosting by Lindsay Jean-Hard


My Mom's Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup by The Cooking of Joy


My Mom's Pineapple Upside-Down Cake by Abra Bennett


Grandma Virginia's Oven-Fried Chicken by luvcookbooks


Mom's Christmas Baccala Salad by jvcooks

What are some of your favorite recipes you mother cooked for you? Tell us in the comments below!

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Pete M. October 1, 2016
My mom made the best chicken ala king, I know she used cooking sherry but can not duplicate her receipe
Christine B. July 24, 2016
My Mom one special recipe was her Date Nut Pudding, and I cannot find the correct recipe anywhere! She would make it for me, and me alone, every Christmas! It was always served with sweetened whipping cream.
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Sabrina July 8, 2016
I wanna come to your house, Mom made things like stroganoff, sausage and peppers, and pot roast. Let us not forget about the chocolate pudding with whipped cream :)
Jennifer K. October 11, 2015
Who's MOM....mine did, spaghetti, lasagna, meatloaf. Pepper steak...i cant even pronounce some of these...
sara July 26, 2015
I can't decide whether it was the liver and onions, the canned baked beans with canned brown bread or the minute "cubed" steak.
Hans B. May 21, 2015
Nope, Sorry my Mom never made any of that stuff. It was German or Italian. Dads 3 rules. (1) Meat with every meal. (2) No left overs. (3) No casseroles. To this day I have never had left overs or a casserole. Those where the only 3 things that I asked The Love Of My Life to do for me.
Calendula May 14, 2015
It was Grandma who cooked while Mom worked...we got American standards like meatloaf and mashed potatoes, turkey tetrazinni, baked egg custard, and the like. These examples seem exotic to me, lol!
Joy H. May 10, 2015
Thank you so much for featuring two of my mom's recipes!
luvcookbooks May 9, 2015
My mom, the Grandma Virginia in the Fried Chicken recipe above, died two years ago. Seeing her recipe here is a comfort. My daughter has been asking me what I want for Mother's Day dinner. I think Grandma Virginia's Fried Chicken is the perfect memory of my mom for tomorrow! Thank you.
ChefJune May 8, 2015
No matter how much food has been served, I really feel like I haven't eaten on Thanksgiving if this dressing isn't part of the meal.
This dressing was made for numerous occasions including "Sunday Dinner" for decades by my "Other Mother," Flora Hayden. All the children she gave birth to agree that my version comes the closest to hers. That makes me feel very special. It really is the best dressing I know , and nothing fancy. Try it and see. :D