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The Cookstr 10: Mother Knows Best

May 5, 2011

“A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.” – Tenneva Jordan.

On Sunday, May 8, we celebrate Mother’s Day, showing our appreciation for she who, among many other talents, kept us well-fed. Whether you’re hosting a Mother’s Day brunch, a family-style dinner, or if it’s finally warm enough for a backyard barbecue, Mother’s Day is a chance to do all the cooking and do Mom proud.

Nigella Lawson's My Mother-in-Law's Madeira Cake

“The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for 30 years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.” – Calvin Trillin

In honor of the mothers, mothers-in-law, grandmothers, aunts, and sisters whose resourceful, comforting cooking has filled our stomachs and hearts, here are ten matriarchally inspired recipes to pass down through the generations.

1. Mom’s Sausage-Stuffed Tomatoes with Provolonetomato by Laura Werlin

This satisfying dish combines juicy seasonal tomatoes with the traditional Italian flavors of oregano, garlic, Italian parsley, pine nuts, sweet Italian sausage and two types of Provolone cheese.

Click here for Laura’s Mom’s Sausage-Stuffed Tomatoes with Provolone Recipe

2. My Mother-in-Law’s Madeira Cake  by Nigella Lawson

Despite a pointed lack of the title ingredient, this light and fluffy sponge cake is flavored with lemon and perfect for a Mother’s Day brunch. Historically, Madeira cake dates back to the 18th or 19th century, when it was named after the wine traditionally served alongside.

Click here for Nigella’s My Mother-in-Law’s Madeira Cake Recipe

3. Mama-Approved Spaghetti and Meatballs by Rocco DiSpirito

This recipe maintains all of the full-bodied authentic Italian taste, but cuts calories for a healthier meal. Eggplant and ground turkey are among the secret ingredients.

Click here for Rocco’s Mama-Approved Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe

4. Granny’s Fried Chicken by Bobby Deen and Jamie Deen

Just in time for summer barbecue season, this tried-and-true Southern fried chicken recipe is simple home cooking at its finest.

Click here for Bobby and Jamie’s Granny’s Fried Chicken Recipe

5. Mama’s Maple-Flavored Baked Pea Beans by White BeansLinda Greenlaw and Martha Greenlaw

Nothing goes with chicken, biscuits and coleslaw like baked beans, and this slow-cook recipe flavors pea, navy, Great Northern or yellow-eyes with the depth of salt pork and maple syrup.

Click here for Linda and Martha’s Maple-Flavored Baked Pea Beans Recipe

6.Grandma Douglas’ Schnecken by pecansTom Douglas

A pastry similar to cinnamon buns, schnecken translates into “snails” in German and was a traditional Saturday morning treat in German homes in the early 20th century, then commonly found among Jewish immigrant communities in Philadelphia and Baltimore.

Click here for Tom’s Grandma Douglas’ Schnecken Recipe

7.  Mama Faye’s Winning Barbecue Sauce by apple(green)withpeelerElizabeth Karmel

Ready to serve as your sidekick for barbecues all summer long, this recipe covers the bases: sugar, spice and everything nice.

Click here for Elizabeth’s Mama Faye’s Winning Barbecue Sauce Recipe

8.  Grandma’s Creamed Cornbreadcorn meal by Eric V. Copage

This recipe calls on creamed corn for an especially moist and cakey finished product. While Mom might have relied on the beloved Jiffy mix, here’s a chance to treat her to your own version.

Click here for  Eric’s Grandma’s Creamed Cornbread Recipe

9.  My Mother’s Classic Thick Roll by AsparagusHiroko Shimbo

This decadent sushi roll incorporates seasonal ingredients like shiitakes, shrimp and asparagus. Mother’s Day in Japan was initially commemorated as the birthday of Empress Kojun, mother of Emperor Akihito, on March 6. In 1937, the first meeting of “Praise Mothers” was held on May 8, and around 1949 Japanese society adapted to celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May.

Click here for  Hiroko’s My Mother’s Classic Thick Roll Recipe

10.  Nana’s Southern Gumbo  by Gina Neely and Pat Neely

An intergenerational favorite, this spicy Louisiana gumbo is chock-full of crab, shrimp, ham, chicken, and fresh vegetables.

Click here for Gina and Pat’s Nana’s Southern Gumbo Recipe

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 7, 2011 4:07 pm

    There’s nothing more comforting than a meal made by your mother! Just imagine how these women must feel to have raised such wonderful chefs!

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