WHEN I THINK about my mom, the first things that come to mind are her fabulous meals and the joy it gave her to cook for others.
It’s a tradition at our house to have dinner together each Sunday. Even now that my brother, sister and I are adults, we still gather at my parents’ home in Erin, Wisconsin for one of Mom’s incredible meals. It’s a time that our family reserves for each other.
These recipes are among hundreds that food writer Millie Vickery included in her "Cooking with Millie" newspaper column.
BY THE TIME that my mom, Irene V., was 8 years old, she was responsible
for much of her family’s cooking. The oldest girl in a family
of eight children, Mom learned to cook alongside her mother and
often took over meal preparation when there was a new baby in the
house. She baked bread and made noodles, dumplings, cakes, pies
Whether cooking for a family of four or a 40-member
choir, my mother, Lynn D., has always been able to make a simple
meal taste like it's fit for a king.
AWESOME is the best way I know to describe the Thanksgiving meal my mom, Marsha Ransom, prepares. Our family of six usually joins my dad's relatives for a big holiday dinner. When it's just our family, or our family and a few of Mom's relatives, she serves my favorite meal.
My mom, Diana R., never learned to cook while growing up. Her mother wasn't much into cooking, so she didn't pass on a love for it to her daughters. But through many experiments and flops and much hard work, my mom has become a fantastic cook!
"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."
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Some of my happiest memories as a child involve holidays spent with family and wonderful foods.