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Let's Dish: What Family Recipe Did You Love to Eat as a Kid?

Let's Dish: What Family Recipe Did You Love to Eat as a Kid?

Growing up, there were a few dishes that my dad cooked, and one of them was an item that my mother taught him to make: almond tofu. In retrospect, the quasi-traditional Chinese dessert, which actually contains no tofu, sounds like it came right out of a 1970s recipe book, as it was simply canned fruit syrup, cubes of almond-flavored gelatin, and pieces of canned peaches, pears, and — my favorite — cherries. But back then, whenever Dad made that dish, my heart (and stomach) would do a little dance inside.

As an adult, I crave my father's barbecue: I make a special request for it every time I fly home. (I suppose canned fruit no longer makes my stomach flitter the way it once did.) What special dish requests do you make of your family? Growing up, was there a certain thing that you were always excited to eat?


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ginacolada ginacolada 7 years
curry pork chops over sticky white rice......the sauce was made w cream of mushroom, sauteed onions and bell peppers w curry powder..simple and yummy!
cookiefan cookiefan 8 years
My mom's ravioli.
pamela661 pamela661 8 years
My mom wasn't that adventurous in the kitchen as far as meals go (she did make pretty decent shepherd's pie). Her talents were far more accelerated in the baking department. She made THE BEST lemon drop cookies, and peanut butter cookies...any variety of cookie, really. They were so pretty, and soooo delicious right out of the oven with a glass of milk! My entire family decided that she made the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Nothing could have made that cookie better. And no one in my family ever achieved the same quality of cookie to this day. She had a special touch. I really miss her baking.
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
My mom wasn't the greatest cook when I was growing up but I loved when she me "hole in ones". Those are those little egg in toast things where she tore a whole in the piece of bread and fried the egg in the middle. Even as a grown adult I love when she makes me those.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
My grannys swedish meatballs, Krumkake, Smultrings (doughnuts) and Lapskaus (beef stew) My mothers lasagna, eggplant parmesan, spaghetti and meatballs and key lime pie.
mtiger mtiger 8 years
My mom makes the BEST potato soup in the I make it, and it's delicious! Also, my grandmother's good!
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
My Dad's got a few amazing recipes. One was a Chinese-flavored chicken with onions and tomatoes that was the only tomato product my brother would eat for a long time. Another was a steamed fish that I've learned and taken to making for my friends (who love it). His mother used to make the most amazing battered and fried shrimp that we, as grandkids, couldn't get enough of. Same with her delicious oxtail soup (filled with fresh vegetables from her garden). We buried her in August of last year. Her comfort food is one of the things from my childhood that I miss the most - she never cooked after her stroke in the late 90's.
OhMyDragonflys OhMyDragonflys 8 years
Although my mom makes some killer broccoli and cheese.
OhMyDragonflys OhMyDragonflys 8 years
My mom doesn't cook so I guess taco bell is my favorite. But I love to cook, so I do when I can.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
My mom was a terrible cook. But she did some how make a great lemon meringue pie.
Marci Marci 8 years
I'm back. After I hit 'Post' I thought of my Mom's Baked Spaghetti, which was with cheddar cheese and I don't know what else with bread crumbs sprinkled on top. We attacked that dish when it was put on the table.
Marci Marci 8 years
My mother was a fantastic cook. She wasn't a gourmet cook, but everything she made was perfectly seasoned and perfectly cooked. I loved her roasts, meatloaf, homemade pasta sauce....everything was sooooo good! Her chicken pot pie was amazing and her pot roast unrivaled. Num!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Angela123 Angela123 8 years
So many!!! My faves would have to be a tie between homemade mac n cheese (i make mom's all the time now!) and her spaghetti and meatballs. mmmmmmmmm
Izzybaz Izzybaz 8 years
I still crave my mother's fried chicken and mashed potatoes with gravy. Comfort food at it's greasy finest. She also makes a mandarin orange salad that I love. Of course, the salad would be the healthier of the options! :)
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
german meatballs and white rice with gravy! YUM!
ms-jamerz ms-jamerz 8 years
My Papa's homemade meatballs/patties and his famous breakfasts. My Grama's chocolate haystacks at Christmas jump out at me at the moment. I know there are so many more favourites.
OhFish OhFish 8 years
My mother isn't too fab in the kitchen, but she always makes great rigatoni, lasagna and swiss steak. Growing up we always made Hello Dollies/Seven Layer Bars for bake sales. I now include those in my holiday baking each year. My Granny's biscuits and gravy and german chocolate sheet cakes are the stuff dreams are made of! One of my aunts makes the best pickles, apple pie and gazpacho ever. When my family gets together it's pretty easy to overeat! We all have our specialties that someone else must have.
wtf-kas wtf-kas 8 years
momma's manicotti & mac & cheese cooked in the crockpot. i don't want to know the secrets of these dishes because they taste so much better when you know that they were made just for you. she sends me home with tuppeware of my favorites and homemade chicken noodle soup whenever i visit.
verily verily 8 years
My mom's version of my granny's king ranch chicken. I demand it nearly every time I come home.
HappyKate HappyKate 8 years
My father's pizza and their applesauce! Oh!!!!!!!!! My Mother's cheese souffle I would ask for on my Birthday!
doogirl doogirl 8 years
My Mom's pot roast and mashed potatoes, YUM! And my Grandma makes the best vegetable beef soup! If I were on death row, my last meal would be my Grandma's soup, it is seriously that good!
beram1220 beram1220 8 years
My dad would make a casserole with cream of chicken soup, chopped up chicken and frozen mixed veggies and top it with pillsbury bsicuits and bake the whole thing. YUM! My mom's tortilla pizzas in a frying pan and my mom's apple pie! She died when I was younger and didn't leave the recipe and now everyone in my family refuses to eat any other apple pie!
Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 8 years
my moms not much of a cook neither was my father but i do remember my mom baking butterscotch meringue pie YUMMMM! and my father used to make my sister and i large batches of homemade fries. those were great!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
Dad's fried bologna sandwiches, Mom's pheasant cooked anyway. I could go on cause I have lots of step and half relatives that all cook pretty darn good grub - Spanish, Italian, African, Southern, Portuguese, Mexican we've gottem all in the family. Lucky us! If I include friends I'll be here all day.
lesmar912 lesmar912 8 years
My mom's homemade marinara sauce and meatballs! As a kid my sister and I would get sooo mad because she would make a huge batch and we would have to eat it every day for a week whenever she made it, but now it's what I look forward to when I go home!
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