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12 Contest-Winning Recipes from Mom and Grandma

Gather the family around the table and serve a comforting, nostalgic recipe. These are our readers' best main dishes, sides, desserts and more—all passed down from the women they love.

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Russian Potato Salad Exps Toham20 244287 E11 12 5b 7

Grand Prize: Russian Potato Salad

This Russian potato salad recipe comes from my grandmother, who had written it down in Russian before she translated it for me when I was a teen. We made this every Easter, or for any event where family and friends gathered together. —Gala McGaughey, Berryville, Virginia
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Mom S Pickled Carrots Exps Toham20 244305 E11 12 3b 2

1st Place: Mom’s Pickled Carrots

My mother is the only other person I've known to make this recipe. In fact, when I take it to a potluck or picnic, no one has ever heard of pickled carrots. But once they try them, they are hooked. —Robin Koble, Fairview, Pennsylvania
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Comforting Tuna Patties Exps Toham20 243811 E11 08 6b 16

2nd Place: Comforting Tuna Patties

My grandmother and mother made these tuna patties on Fridays during Lent. I'm not the biggest fan of tuna, but it's perfect in this dish. These patties are even good cold the next day, if there are any leftovers. —Ann Marie Eberhart, Gig Harbor, Washington
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3rd Place: Mom-Mom Bessie’s Coconut Molasses Pie

I'm the keeper of my husband's grandmother's handwritten recipe book. Mom-Mom Bessie was one of the best cooks I knew, and we think of her every time we make this pie. The flavor combination of coconut and molasses is a family favorite. —Susan Bickta, Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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Grandma S Onion Squares Exps Toham20 243482 E11 12 2b 11

Runner Up: Grandma’s Onion Squares

My grandma brought this recipe with her when she emigrated from Italy as a young wife and mother. It is still a family favorite. —Janet Eddy, Stockton, California
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Runner Up: Turkey Crepes

This savory crepe recipe has been passed down through many generations in my family. You can also use any leftover turkey filling for turkey pot pie. —Andrea Price, Grafton, Wisconsin
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Apricot Mud Hen Cake Bars Exps Toham20 243639 E11 08 3b 7

Runner Up: Apricot Mud Hen Cake Bars

These mud hen bars have been in my family for generations. My maternal grandmother gave this recipe to my mother, who shared it with me. I’ve been told the name comes from the speckled meringue topping that resembles the coloring of hens. —Kristine Chayes, Smithtown, New York
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Runner Up: Apricot Ice Cream Soda

This ginger ale float recipe came from my husband’s aunt, who was born in the early 1900s. It's a delightful drink for hot Texas summers. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
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Runner Up: Bread Pudding Pie

Runner Up: Bread Pudding Pie

This unique dessert is a bread pudding-pie combo. It was created by my paternal grandmother's family. They had a farm and made their own bread, which made this a low-cost dessert. — Kelly Barnes, Lexington, Indiana
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Runner Up: Cornish Pasties

My Great-Aunt Gladys was from a small mining town in England where pasties were popular. I loved to watch her craft each Cornish pasty, as she made them in different sizes depending on who was eating. Serve with a green salad to make a wonderful meal. —Verna Hainer, Pueblo, Colorado
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Strawberry Buttermilk Skillet Shortcake Exps Toham20 244332 E11 08 8b 18

Runner Up: Strawberry Buttermilk Skillet Shortcake

This scratch-made strawberry buttermilk cake is a family favorite. The recipe is over 100 years old, and I remember my grandma making it. We still carry on the family tradition by making this old-fashioned recipe each summer. —Claudia Lamascolo, Melbourne, Florida
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Runner Up: French Dressing

Runner Up: French Dressing

My mom was born in 1920, and this was always the salad dressing we had, as there weren't many bottled varieties at the time. I still make this blast-from-the-past recipe. —Bonnie Hawkins, Elkhorn, Wisconsin

Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.
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