Mother's Day

10 Mom-Approved, Mom-Inspired Recipes from Our Latest App Contest

May  4, 2016

Just like Mom made is the sort of mythic phrase we ascribe to the ideal roast chicken and the cake we ask for on our birthdays. Your neighborhood diner appropriates it as a way of promising their meatloaf is good. It's the highest, emotionally-rosiest praise.

We asked you to share your mother's best recipes with us in our latest (Not)Recipes App contest, our #momtest. Just in time for Mother's Day and (with the exception of some careful updates) just like Mom made, here they are: the top ten mom-approved (Not)Recipes you most liked from ten unique users.

A big congratulations to Panfusine, whose South Indian-style roasted potatoes won her the contest (and a Miyabi chef's knife).

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One of my favorite comfort foods recipes I learned from my mother. South Indian style roast potatoes. Completely independent of recipe proportions,you just star with whatever quantity of fingerling potatoes you have, Boiled and peeled. Heat oil and add a teaspoon each of mustard seeds and urad dal, once the mustard pops, add the potatoes. Add paprika, turmeric, asafetida and salt, and coat the potatoes. Add a tablespoon of rice flour to make the porous 'crunchy'. Serve up with rice and sambar or rasam. #vegan #glutenfree #momtest
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A Pleasant Little Kitchen
A Pleasant Little Kitchen
Chilled Avocado Cucumber Soup | Purée avocados, peeled cucumber, cilantro, red onion, garlic with coconut milk, fresh lime juice, plain yogurt, ice cold water, cumin, cayenne and kosher salt. Chill. Serve cold. #notrecipe #notrecipes #avocado #momtest #soup #coconutmilk #avocados #lunch #dinner
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Melina Hammer
Melina Hammer
Simplest potato salad. Boil peeled and cubed potatoes until they can be speared with a fork, drain, and toss with good olive oil, your favorite vinegar - I used sherry - and plenty of chopped fresh herbs. Here, dill and parsley. Finish with a scatter of flake salt and cracked pepper and enjoy warm, room temp, or from the fridge. #momtest #notcontest #norecipe #lickingtheplate #potato #potatosalad #notarecipe #lunch
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Take a couple thick slices of Tartine country rye bread that you made last week. Cut them into fat chunks and put them in a large cast-iron skillet. Cut the back out of a chicken and snip the keel bone to make the chicken lie flat. (Yes, it looks like the keel of the ship.) Put a thinly sliced onion in the middle of the skillet and then put the chicken on top. Sprinkle kosher salt on the chicken. Bake at 500°. After 30 minutes, lift up the chicken, pull the onions out to the side of the pan, and put any really dark pieces of bread under the chicken, along with a couple sprigs of marjoram or thyme or both. Pour a glass of wine over the bird and put it back in the oven. The larger size chickens I roast usually take about an hour and 20 minutes. Let the chicken rest; meanwhile, remove the chunks of bread to a bowl, add another glass of wine or some water to the pan, scrape it all down over medium heat for a minute or so, to make a nice sauce. Enjoy!! ;o) #momtest
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Stephanie Kordan
Stephanie Kordan
Roasted garlic cauliflower with greens. I'm in a garlicky mood today. Snacking on this goodness is making my day. Try this easy #vegetarian #recipe : wash cauliflower and separate the florets. Place in casserole pan. Turn on oven to 400*F -- add lots chopped garlic, douse with olive oil, a dash of sherry vinegar, splash of tamari soy sauce, grind a little sea salt & pepper on top and pop it into the oven, about 20 minutes. Add greens, cilantro and serve. #vegan #beautifulcuisines #bonappetit #thesensualfoodie #instafood #cookingformykid #notrecipe #easyrecipe #delicious #healthyfood #notacontest #momtest #notarecipe #cauliflower #cooking #roasted
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Pasta e fagioli. Sauté garlic, onion, carrots, and celery until tender over medium heat. Add in crushed tomatoes and their liquid, diced Canadian bacon, beans, and stock. Bring to a boil and then turn the heat down to low. I like to let the mixture simmer for about an hour or so. Salt and pepper to taste. When you're just about ready to serve, bring the soup to a boil again and add in the pasta. Cook until the pasta is tender. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan and sprinkle with parsley. #momtest
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My mom's tang yuan (mochi ball) recipe: mix glutinous rice flour with enough warm water until it feels like Play-Doh. Tint a third of the dough with red food coloring. Roll into a long snake and pinch off cm length pieces. Roll the pieces into balls. Cook in boiling water until floating for a minute or two. Serve by placing in a bowl, adding hot water, and adding sugar to taste. #momtest #notarecipe #Taiwanese #dessert
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Sourdough loaf with 75% hydration, 35% hard red whole wheat. 6 stretch and folds, 4hr ferment.

#momtest #Bread
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Beat egg whites with a little sugar till stiff. Toast coconut and almonds. Whip cream and sugar. Add Kahlua, instant espresso, vanilla and 3/4 of the coconut & almonds. Pour into a bowl, top with remaining coconut & almonds. Freeze for few hours and enjoy!#momtest #icecream #coconut
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Alison Shermeta
Alison Shermeta
Canned whole peeled tomatoes, sliced carrots, onions, whole cloves of garlic, olive oil, fresh basil leaves, salt, pepper, and sugar, simmered on the stove for an hour or more, and then puréed together to make the most satisfying pasta sauce. #momtest

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