Wonderful Memories of Mom's Cooking

"I RECALL many wonderful things about my mom's cooking as I was growing up," says Cindy Kufeldt of Orlando, Florida. "Mom (Nancy Kay Woodside of Flagler Beach, Florida) often had fresh cookies and cakes ready for my younger brother and me to snack on when we got home from school.

"My parents frequently hosted guests for dinner and get-togethers…and my mom is known by many to be an excellent cook. Holidays were always a deliciously special time at our house, and the best menu of the week was typically Sunday dinner.

"One of my favorite meals begins with Mom's Marinated Baked Chicken. It's tender and juicy, and it smells so good while it's baking.

" Mushroom Oven Rice is homey and comforting. It's also wonderful served alongside ham. Her Broccoli Casserole is a rich creamy side dish…and one helping is never enough.

"One of my favorite endings to Mom's meals is Cherry Cheese Pie—it's a scrumptious finale!

"I'm so thankful that my husband, Steve, and I and our two children, Seth, 9, and Abigail, 7, live close enough to Mom to enjoy her cooking frequently. She and I are thrilled to share these recipes so you can make them, too."