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What Did Mother Cook?

What was that special thing mother uses to cook for you? Or, maybe it was something she uses to do for you, like tuck you in. Maybe she let you play with her hair rollers. I know you’re all total tops now, but let’s get emotional and talk about your dear mother.

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by Anonymousreply 8411/22/2020

Shake’n Bake.

And I helped!!!

by Anonymousreply 111/19/2020

My mother made a killer roast beast. I still use the dutch oven she used the Sunday after after JFK was killed and she cried all day. And she was a Republican.

by Anonymousreply 211/19/2020

Fried chicken and swiss steak were her specialties. She also made an oyster dressing for holidays which looked dreadful but was delicious.

by Anonymousreply 311/19/2020

My mother would dump some dead cow into the crock pot along with cream of mushroom soup and serve it with instant potatoes and canned vegetables. She no longer cooks and for that I am grateful.

by Anonymousreply 411/19/2020

My mother fed us McDonald’s.

by Anonymousreply 511/19/2020

My mother made almost everything from scratch, and I can credit her with my resistance to taking shortcuts when cooking. The main thing I remember her making for me was a dense milk chocolate cake for my birthday every year. I couldn't find the recipe after she died, but a couple of years ago, I happened to find it in a Hershey's cookbook at Goodwill.

by Anonymousreply 611/19/2020

R6---Is it a recipe that calls for hot water?

by Anonymousreply 711/19/2020

My mom made custard for me when I was sick.

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by Anonymousreply 911/19/2020

Tuna Cassarole

by Anonymousreply 1011/19/2020

My gran made beautiful delicious bread and mouth watering apple pie.

by Anonymousreply 1111/19/2020


Yes. The first time I made it, I forgot the hot water, and the result was edible but rather unfortunate.

by Anonymousreply 1211/19/2020

Thank God my mom never went in for those atrocious 70s colors

by Anonymousreply 1311/19/2020

My moms cooking was shit-like.

by Anonymousreply 1411/19/2020

R12---One good thing about the interwebs is how you can remember just a little detail about something and still track it down.

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by Anonymousreply 1511/19/2020

My mom made excellent meatloaf, fried chicken, veal cutlet, and spaghetti and meatballs. A passable roast beef. Roasted an amazing turkey on Thanksgiving and Christmas. But anything having to do with steak, barbecue or burgers, that was dad on the grill.

Slowly it all changed. Friday night became pizza night. Hamburger Helper happened. Tacos took over. But dad still ran the grill.

by Anonymousreply 1611/19/2020

My mother didn't prepare anything special for me, because my brothers and sisters all liked the same things.

She'd make popcorn for Saturday night horror movie watching, and then we'd have ice cream sundaes. Her favorite was banana ice cream with chocolate syrup.

We loved her spaghetti and meatballs, her tuna casserole (ahem, illiterate "white-trash Jew" at R10), Mickey Mouse pancakes, quiches, beef Rouladen, pork chops, her fried fish (Dad fished), roasted wild turkey (Dad hunted), fried chicken, bean soup, beef vegetable soup, chicken noodle soup, chili, chicken and Spaetzle, and her specialty for outdoor get-togethers, "Barbecued Ribs Aloha." She loved trying "novelty" recipes and we went through eras of Catsup Cake, Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake). She loved making cream puffs and we loved eating them.

She would sing Andrews Sisters songs for us and dance with us. "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree."

When we had to go to the doctor for a regular checkup, she'd give us a choice of taking the bus (with a transfer) or walk the five miles roundtrip and use the bus fare for treats. (We didn't have much money.) We always agree to walk, but she always had to have an equal share of the candy.

Her mottos were "All for the love of Jesus," "This too will pass," and "Be quiet or you'll wake your father." (He worked shift work.)

by Anonymousreply 1711/19/2020

I feel a bit better seeing mine was not the only mom who was a dud in the kitchen. My mom used to claim she was known for her spaghetti and meatballs and for her brisket. In fact, both dishes were an oily mess. But way better than the Swanson’s dinners we often ate. I love my mom but I really don’t have an answer for OP’s question. I honestly cannot remember anything special she did for me.

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by Anonymousreply 1911/19/2020

R17. Your Mom sounds like a hoot ...

by Anonymousreply 2011/19/2020

Mom as a whiz with goulash and chili.

by Anonymousreply 2111/19/2020

She called it 'Sukiyaki'. She cooked a mess of steak, cut it into strips, added a couple cans of La Choy canned vegetables. The we ladled it over minute rice.

It was good. Fed five people, and it was an exotic change over our usual bland midwestern flyover fare.

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by Anonymousreply 2311/19/2020

Sickening sweet yam souffle topped with pecans and mini marshmallows. Yum!

by Anonymousreply 2411/19/2020

my mother thought opening a can of dog food and putting a scoop of it in a bowl covered in hersheys syrup so it looked like ice cream when everyone else had ice cream was funny.

she also would put lentils and sliced hot dogs in the crock pot. sometimes she'd really break out her culinary show of love and mix macaroni noodles with canned peas and mayonnaise.

by Anonymousreply 2511/19/2020

Yes. Cooking was a serious hobby of my Mom’s, and she was an incredible cook. We are a lot of French dishes growing up. She was Texan, so she could also make a mean chicken fried steak. I love good food and cooking because of her.

by Anonymousreply 2611/19/2020

Coq au Vin Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes and brown gravy, all homemade Chicken Marsala Pan-fried pork chops Excellent homemade potato salad This really good Chinese dish that had brown sauce and peanuts, but I forgot what it was called Manicotti Macaroni and cheese from scratch Grilled and seasoned portobello mushrooms Cheese quesadillas Bean and cheese burritos with salsa, hot sauce and sour cream Deviled eggs

I couldn't eat every single item on the above list because I was pretty much born vegetarian with meat and fish aversions that I still have. I'm a strict vegetarian and lifelong anorexic so she was always willing to make me vegetables and have tea around.

When I was a fetus, I detached the feeding vessel that came down into the uterus and plugged it back into the cavity that led to the colon. My mom kept eating cheeseburgers and other things that had too much ground beef when she was pregnant with me and I thought it was utterly disgusting. She gave me my first food aversions before birth, so I had to take action. I was born weighing zero lbs(at a normal height for a newborn)even though I wasn't premature.

Dead serious. I wasn't a stupid fetus.

by Anonymousreply 2711/19/2020

Oh dear! What happened to my formatting?!

by Anonymousreply 2811/19/2020

Correction from r27

Coq au Vin

Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes and brown gravy, all homemade

Chicken Marsala

Pan-fried pork chops

Excellent homemade potato salad

This really good Chinese dish that had brown sauce and peanuts, but I forgot what it was called


Macaroni and cheese from scratch

Grilled and seasoned portobello mushrooms

Cheese quesadillas

Bean and cheese burritos with salsa, hot sauce and sour cream

Deviled eggs

...much better.

by Anonymousreply 2911/19/2020

Her fried chicken was bomb too, but I couldn't eat it.

by Anonymousreply 3011/19/2020

And "1-2-3-4 Cake". I thought she was old-timey because everybody else's mom used cake mix, storebought icing or just said fuck it and bought the whole unit premade from the Walmart or Giant baked goods section.

by Anonymousreply 3111/19/2020

Eggplant parmigiana to die for! She let us choose a dinner for our birthday, this is what I always chose. We weren't even Italian.

by Anonymousreply 3211/19/2020

[quote] She did the best she could.

R18, that's enough. I hope she had no regrets, because that's all any of us can do -- some people won't even try and they're the losers.

by Anonymousreply 3311/19/2020

Short ribs with Yorkshire pudding. She was a great cook. We live in the U.S. and our antecedents are from the U.K., but not from anything that anyone can remember, so from awhile ago. Also, we were pretty poor, so this was not a very often meal.

by Anonymousreply 3411/19/2020

Hi, R33. I’d say she did the best she could with the hand she was dealt. A sometimes tough life, though with (more than?) its share of high points. I think she would have agreed that she had few regrets.

She was hanging tough ‘til about a year ago, when her Alzheimer’s really started taking over. I’d hoped she could die peacefully before that happened.

by Anonymousreply 3511/19/2020

Let’s just admit it, moms are pretty doggone special. They somehow managed to feed and clothe their kids on very tight budgets. They put their kids first most of the time and tended to us lovingly even when we were being little shits!.

by Anonymousreply 3611/19/2020

Meh R36....not everyone’s mom was straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting.

by Anonymousreply 3711/19/2020

At least I don’t remember any Norman Rockwell paintings with mom sitting at the local bar getting hammered.

by Anonymousreply 3811/19/2020

Mom as a girl

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by Anonymousreply 3911/19/2020

The ham and white bean soup she makes with leftover Cumberland Gap ham after Easter. I don't know what the he'll she does because I tried to make my own and had to throw it out. Hers is so, so good with a piece of corn bread. Her stuffed peppers, stuffed pork chops, and baked beans are good too. A very hearty cook. Chicken soup!

by Anonymousreply 4011/19/2020

i love hearing all these family favoites

by Anonymousreply 4111/19/2020

r55 you seem like you wanted to provoke.

by Anonymousreply 4211/19/2020

R42 can see into the future.

by Anonymousreply 4311/19/2020

She made biscuits with hamburger gravy on my birthday. I loved it.

by Anonymousreply 4411/19/2020

My mom didn’t have any signature dishes. She was disorganized and didn’t plan meals in advance.

But she let me stay home from school practically whenever I wanted.

by Anonymousreply 4511/19/2020

My mother was a great cook, despite not always liking to cook. Not gourmet dishes. I still have never tasted pork chops as good as hers. She could make you scrambled eggs and bacon for breakfast and they were perfect. Years later when she was older some of my cousins would ask her to make chicken salad, if they were coming over. It was so delicious. Or neighbors would love to come over and have her corn chowder. She was half Italian and her Italian food was great too. She had a gift.

by Anonymousreply 4611/19/2020

Milk pudding desserts, coconut ice, fudge, ginger snaps, great roasts and killer egg and chips.

by Anonymousreply 4711/19/2020

Spaghetti surprise, jarred sauce, pasta, cooked ground beef and onions, add black olives and a drained can of corn, some butter and top with Parmesan.

Turn any savory leftover into a Bisquick bake! Use any canned soup you have on hand -doesn’t have to be a cream one. Gee this looks familiar....

Breakfast for dinner. Pancakes with sausages. cereal, eggo waffles.

Turkey thighs in the slow cooker all day with Lipton French onion soup mix.

by Anonymousreply 4811/19/2020

R32 Neither is eggplant parmigiana

by Anonymousreply 4911/20/2020

My mom made up for what could of been the bleakest of childhood, as my dad was a enraged alcoholic. As I got older, I learned that my mom was a lousy cook. She overcooked everything. Canned green beans? Cooked till they were falling apart. Broccoli? It must be putrid green, and mushy. Steak? Well done, and tough. But she could do a fantastic Thanksgiving! She would also make beef stroganoff with homemade noodles, my favorite. We were a family of 6 once my cousin came to live with us. Our family would go to the 'fields' in Florida and pick tomatoes, green beans, cabbage, beets. We would then can all weekend long, making tomatoe sauce, pickled beets, and sauerkraut. It was a lot of work, but fun. She worked very hard making great times, amongst all the drunken fighting. On many weekends, we would go to a beach park for an entire day picnic, cooking breakfast, all the way to dinner. We played softball, badminton, horseshoes; most picnics with other families attending. Mom's macaroni salad was the best. I can not get the exact taste.

As a youngster, on many Friday nights, my father would cook german potatoe pancakes. Usually he didn't get drunk on this one night. We'd grate a ton of potatoes, and onions. To this day, I can not get the exact same potato pancake taste. I did find this box version in the store that has the closest taste, but the mix was too powdery.

My mom gave me the love of movies. Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte, The Sound of Music, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Haunting, The Birds and more. If we were sick, we were allowed to stay up late and watch a movie with her. Often during movies, usually the weekend, one of us 3 boys would lay our heads on mom's lap, and she would pour peroxide in our ears and clean them. I can only equate that feeling with probably what the kittens feel curling up to momma cat and having their heads and faces licked.

As mom has gotten older, our relationship has gotten contentious. I've learned she just wants it her way, and she is not cooperative in her declining years. I wish it was like laying on the couch, having my ears cleaned.

by Anonymousreply 5011/20/2020

My Mom was a great cook. She's now 93 and lives with me and suffers from macular degeneration so I have to cook for her. And I'm not a good cook so it's hard.

by Anonymousreply 5111/20/2020

Mothuh was always making this absolutely delicious pate.....

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by Anonymousreply 5211/20/2020

My mom had worked in a "tea room" in the '30s and so could make all kinds of pastry, including chou, which meant we got homemade eclairs and cream puffs, plus divinity, fudge, etc. Otherwise, cooking bored and harassed her, so we'd get the typical canned vegetables and overcooked meat most nights. She made a mean candied ham, though, with the clove and pineapple slices.

Thanks, Mom, for the two fucking million meals you had to cook!

by Anonymousreply 5311/20/2020

Agreed with R53, and thank YOU for reminding us just now. Everybody, let's give a nice big thanks for Mom's cooking.


by Anonymousreply 5411/20/2020

Mrs. Pence makes a delicious meatloaf.

by Anonymousreply 5511/20/2020

"My mother fed us McDonald’s."

At least your mother fed you.

by Anonymousreply 5611/20/2020

The best: slow cooked scrambled eggs on Sunday morning. She would make the bacon first, then remove the bacon and scramble the eggs in the grease. The worst: Sunday night, New England boiled dinner(corned beef, carrots, potatoes, cabbage all boiled). Just awful.

by Anonymousreply 5711/20/2020

Mom made the best pot roast. The beef was tender and delicious and the vegies (carrots, onions and potatoes) were slightly burned, caramelized and sweet. We'd fight over those sweet carrots!

by Anonymousreply 5811/20/2020

R57 We had N. E. boiled dinner, I didn't really like it either though my dad made this one when we had it. Made it in the pressure cooker. He loved it. Cabbage, turnips, carrots, potatoes and corned beef. You put Gulden's spicy mustard on it which helped. Now I like it but as a kid I didn't. Afterwards my dad made hash in the meat grinder with the corned beef.

by Anonymousreply 5911/20/2020

R49, I grew up in Brooklyn. In Brooklyn, eggplant parmigiana is Italian. You gotta problem wit dat?

- R32

by Anonymousreply 6011/20/2020

Mom picked and chose from The Joy of Cooking. She made her own hot dog rolls and great roast beast. She had a strict food budget so we ate the cheapest cuts of meat drenched in some sort of sauce.

Around 1970 she discovered “health foods” and things were never the same. Inspiration came from Diet for a Small Planet. You knew you were eating all right but could not describe the food as delicious, although Mom’s homemade yogurt and granola was good enough to be eaten as a rich dessert. Tabouli and Greek salad were mainstays and I love them to this day.

In the 1990s and 2000s she became proficient at hearty soups created out of anything. To me, this was her golden age of cooking. She didn’t shy away from any ingredient and had a knack for balancing out the different flavours.

Mom worked hard and saved every penny and now lives in great comfort. And she loves the food in her retirement home and praises the chef/cook often. She was still making soup up until she was 85!

by Anonymousreply 6111/20/2020

R2 Roast beast??

by Anonymousreply 6211/20/2020

R62 I'm not R2 but we called it Roast Beast in our family because we didn't know what it was!

by Anonymousreply 6311/20/2020

R63 And what was it?

by Anonymousreply 6411/20/2020

My mother made about 5 pie crusts and baked each one in an oven safe bowl. She cooked a creamy sort of cherry pudding on the stove, lots of cherries. Then she had a huge crockery bowl that she layered with pie crust then cherry mixture then pir crust etc. Then she would bake it in the oven. It was crazy delicious.

One night my dad was in the process of bitching me out for some dumb ass thing I did and my mom put a dish of her "cherry casserole" in front of him and winked at me. Dad completely lost his train of thought and I was spared.

by Anonymousreply 6511/21/2020

Apple pie 🥧

by Anonymousreply 6611/21/2020

I used to love my Mothers stuffed peppers and she made pork cutlets breaded with Wheatsworth stoned ground crackers! The holidays were always a special time when fast food places had great gifts! Her Christmas glassware came from Long John Silvers! Dishes came from Eagles grocery stores. I still have all the ornaments Hardee's and Mcdonalds gave out.

by Anonymousreply 6711/21/2020

My mother couldn't cook. If her mother wasn't around (she was a wonderful cook) we went out to dinner a lot when we were kids - takeout and fast food not being then what they are today - and we were fine with that.

I do remember the first McDonald's I ever saw, though, sometime around 1960 when the sign on the arches said "Over 10 million sold."

by Anonymousreply 6811/21/2020

hilarious how many moms seem to be inept cooks, was it a generational thing? or just a bunch of bitchy queens complaining?

by Anonymousreply 6911/21/2020

My mother was an okay cook. She was a fantastic cookie baker.

Her specialty was lasagna. It wasn't until I became an adult that I realized how slim the resemblance was to the actual dish.

The rest of the family still follow her recipe to this very day.

by Anonymousreply 7011/21/2020

R60 that was funny! Tee hee.

by Anonymousreply 7111/21/2020

Did any of you actually call your mother "mother"? I thought only rich white people did that.

by Anonymousreply 7211/22/2020

R72, I don't know of anyone who calls their mother "Mother." I called my mother "Mom."

Anyway, my mom was a housewife and, in retrospect, she was a bit too frugal for my dad's taste, food-wise. Me, I enjoyed all the frugal dishes like creamed tuna on toast. Another dish that was probably frugal that I liked was hamburger stew.

by Anonymousreply 7311/22/2020

R72 R73 Norman Bates called his mother "Mother."

by Anonymousreply 7411/22/2020

My mother-in-law called her mother "Mother" and was disappointed when her sons called her "Mom" and her grandkids called her "Grandma" instead of "Grandmother". She was a petty person (and a mediocre cook).

by Anonymousreply 7511/22/2020

She had a special way of cooking food — black on the outside & raw on the inside. Good old mom

by Anonymousreply 7611/22/2020

Leg of lamb was a big treat as was the Christmas Eve menu: Ham(plenty of cloves), scalloped potatoes and green beans, with relishes and tons of cookies.

When I was ick, I would get Mrs. Grass' chicken noodle soup, from a foil envelope that included the "golden nugget" (probably bouillon and chicken fat). Never had this any other time. Otherwise, it was Campbell's (whose chicken noodle soup was barely ok).

by Anonymousreply 7711/22/2020

R77, did you pretend to be ick so that you'd get Mrs. Grass' chicken noodle soup more often?

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by Anonymousreply 7911/22/2020

R75 My husband insists his grandchildren call him Grandfather, not grandpa.

by Anonymousreply 8011/22/2020

Having a fussy gay grandpa is my worst nightmare. Poor children.

by Anonymousreply 8111/22/2020

My Mother, yes I call her Mother made a decent meatloaf. She cooked every night. At the time I thought she was a great cook but as I got older and began cooking myself, I realized she couldn’t cook worth a damn. At least one can of soup was put in nearly everything. Once she made a congealed salad out of lime jello with onions and cucumbers. Who the fuck puts onions in jello?

by Anonymousreply 8211/22/2020

Leg of lamb. My favorite, r77. My favorite. My Swedish grandmother was married to a Greek, and leg of lamb was a huge treat, and didn't happen often. I got the recipe and cooked it once. Delicious, but took me the whole fucking day.

by Anonymousreply 8311/22/2020

Beef Barley Soup & fresh hot rolls...all from scratch! My mother was a wonderful cook, and taught me a lot.

by Anonymousreply 8411/22/2020
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