On Our Plates: A Tribute to Our Moms!


Amy and I have learned a lot about food and cooking over the years, but it’s safe to say that without our parents, we would not be the cooks we are today. So this week, in honor of Mother’s Day, we are dedicating the blog to our mothers and grandmothers who have passed down their skills, recipes, and love. Have a very Happy Mother’s Day!


I have been helping my mom in the kitchen for as long as I can remember.  Growing up she wouldn’t allow much junk food in the house, which I hated at the time, but am thankful for now.  My favorite food memory is probably baking bread with her at Christmas.  She still makes dozens loaves of pumpkin bread and poppyseed bread (my favorite) for all her friends and the other folks on her list that need a small gift.  Another favorite is her fresh strawberry pie with a meringue crust, a recipe that is actually passed down from my dad’s mom and will be featured on the blog soon!  Until then, here are a few links/ideas that remind me of my mom.  I love her and am so thankful for all she has done for me!

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Rigatoni with Italian Sausage and Peas: Do you remember this post that Amy did awhile back?  Well, that recipe is from my mom!  It’s also one of the few dishes I miss cooking since I married Tim.  It’s simple and delicious!

French Toast from Alton Brown: I’ve never been much for a sweet breakfast, but I do love and miss my mom’s french toast.  Not sure how this Alton Brown recipe stacks up, but I bet it would make a terrific breakfast option for your mom!

Ann Jenkins Jewelry, Tomatillo Pendant: My mom is also very stylish and has an amazing collection of jewelry, most handmade and purchased directly from the artist.  In fact, one of her oldest and dearest friends makes jewelry.  It may be a little late to get anything shipped for Mother’s day, but I love her work, including this food inspired Tomatillo Pendant!

Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats from The Salted Kitchen: In addition to a great mom, I have a stepmother who is also an excellent cook.  When we were younger, she would often make a decadent chocolate loaded version of the classic Rice Krispie treats similar to these.  Also coming soon- recipes from her mother


One of my favorite parts of being a kid was going into the kitchen while my mom was baking.  She’d say, “Open your mouth and close your eyes, and I will give you a big surprise.”  Usually it was a bit of cookie dough or pie crust, so I liked that game.  Until one time she gave me cottage cheese, which I spit it all over the floor.  Cottage cheese still makes me gag to this day.  On a more serious note, though, my mom is a wonderful cook.  She taught me that food can bring people together.  Family dinners were where we checked in and talked about our days – and where my dad taught me that if you hold your nose, you can’t taste spinach souffle.  Important things transpired at the dinner table, I tell you.  Mom, thanks for all of the great cooking memories!  You are one fabulous lady!  Here are a few links that remind me of you:

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Sweet Sourdough Bread: My mom makes the most amazing bread, and the recipe is close to this one she uses. It’s still hard for me to eat store-bought bread because mom spoiled us so much with her homemade loaves.

Strawberry Freezer Jam: I think I was in college before I had store-bought jam because my mom’s freezer was always full of strawberry jam. And it was really good.

Spinach Souffle: I hated spinach souffle as a kid, even though my mom insisted on serving it. Maybe – just maybe – my taste buds have grown up a little bit, and I’m ready to think about trying it again. Mom, looking back, I have to admire your persistence in trying to get me to eat this.  Maybe – just maybe – I’ll make you proud.

Bunco: My mom and her friends get together regularly for bunco nights. What a great idea! A regular girls’ night with games and food is good for the soul. The link above will take you to the World Bunco Association’s rules for getting a game up and running.