Despite her German heritage and the fact that she raised her family in Oregon, my mother is a Southern belle at heart.
SOMETIMES cultures clash, but in my family, they blended beautifully when my mom (left) was in the kitchen. My mother, Mamie M., has always loved the foods of her Italian heritage…just as much as my Syrian dad, the late Anthony Mosellie, enjoyed his culture’s foods.
MY MOM, Marie W. of Valdosta, Georgia, has a recipe for every occasion…whether
she’s competing in a cooking contest, organizing a meal at
church, or feeding family and friends.
My mom, Tammy Ahrens, learned early on how to cook for a large family. Growing up on a small farm, she was the oldest of seven children.
DINNERTIME holds some of my favorite childhood memories. With an Italian family, dinner was—and is—a big event. There's a lot of passing, laughing, sharing and talking…and much more food than can be consumed in one sitting!
Who needs to go to a restaurant when you have a mom who can cook like mine does? My mom, Barbara Barocsi (shown at right), specializes in what restaurants like to call “home-cooked” meals.
Here are the diagrams and recipe for the cute butter lamb from Marya LaRoche of Cheshire, Massachusetts.
My Moms Best Meal features Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce, along with Fried Rice with Bacon, Bean Sprout Spinach Salad and Rhubarb Strawberry Cobbler.
Mom learned to cook healthy and delicious meals while stretching a dollar to feed our family of six. My dad often worked two jobs so Mom (who prefers to be called Billie) could stay home with my brother, two sisters and me. Now that I’m an adult, I really appreciate the effort and love it must have taken to prepare three meals a day on a budget.
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I'VE SPENT part of my life teaching college-level nutrition classes and taste-testing for a federal research lab. But my fondest food-related memories center on my mother's kitchen.