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Mom’s Home Cooking!!!
I’m currently visiting my mother for a few days and although she isn’t in the best of health she is taking the time to cook a few of my favorite childhood meals. 😃. Tonight I had her chicken and rice. I know, it sounds kinda plain, but the way she does it is absolutely delicious! She says she is planning on cooking a roast and maybe some cubed steak before I have to leave. These are also at the top of my list of her recipes. I can’t wait.
While my mother can cook most anything, you might can tell that she excels at the more traditional southern style foods.
The real topic or question for this thread is what meals do you have at the top of your list that your mom, dad, relative, or significant other might treat you with or that you remember fondly? Or maybe just a meal that you cook yourself that you really love.
My mom made the best salmon patties. I follow exactly how she made them and while mine are good they are not in the same realm. I did finally learn how to make biscuits as good as she could.
Thanks for sharing those warm memories. My mom also made a delicous chicken and rice with mushroom gravy. Loving Moms are a blessing from God. Prayers for your mother's health.
Thanks, that is much appreciated!
Yum, salmon patties sound pretty good. My mom sometimes makes what she calls salmon croquettes and they too are delicious. Not sure what the difference is but I’m sure they are both very good if made right.
My mom’s fried chicken was unequalled!
Popeye’s is the closest to hers out there now!
She also canned homemade vegetable soup in quart bell jars and it was always a treat on a cold day when she would open one up and cook it for us! Sure wish I had learned how she made it …..a true treasure lost! 😢
I feel your pain here. My late Grandmother, also a very good southern cook canned many things, among them was vegetable soup and it was delightful. As you stated it was perfect for a cold winter day.
My mother fell and broke hip last month. Have been staying with her and she has started teaching me how to cook some of my favorites. I had asked her to forever, but she said it was too hard to teach me. Now we have time and that part has been a blessing.
She loves salmon Patties which are not my favorite, but I am getting pretty good with the gravy and biscuits to go with them.
My mom broke her back last year, twice. I have been staying with her helping her recover. On her good days she loves to cook my favorite meals.
Of course everything comes with home made biscuits and I haven't even mentioned the pies and cakes.
I've gained ten pounds!!
Don't allow thsi time to get by without writing it all down while she is actually cooking so you can record any "special" steps during the process for posterity.
My dad passed away two years ago and I lost my wife six months ago so my Mom and I have both been leaning on each other. The cooking together has been a good distraction and a lot of fun. It also helps when the Dawgs are winning!
@BarkingDawg I hope all is going well with your moms hip recovery. Yes, I can see were that part is a blessing. Glad to hear that, enjoy it while you can!
@JAXDAWG I hope your mom has recovered nicely also. Yeah man, cubed steak and fried pork chops!!! That’s tough to beat. Especially with homemade mashed potatoes or rice and gravy. My mom would make red skin MP and they are awesome. I also love her rice and gravy she makes off of her roast beef. Freaking wonderful!!!
I’m very sorry to hear that brother. I’m very glad to hear that you and your mom have been there for one another. Keep on cooking man.
My Mom's top 3. 1) spaghetti with homemade meat sauce 2) meat loaf with green beans and mashed potatoes 3) chocolate cake with homemade made icing. .
My Mom has passed, she grew up in Germany and as such my favorite things she cooked were Sauerbraten, Sulze when I got older, and Griesz Noodla Soup. Funny thing about the soup. She made the Noodlas/Dumplings out of Cream of Wheat. When I first moved to Florida John McCain was our neighbor. His son Andy was eating dinner with us one night and when he saw the soup and realized it was Cream of Wheat he asked for sugar to put on it. I assume it didn't mix well with the chicken-based broth.
An old friend of mine told me this story. When he was a newlywed, his bride tried to learn how to cook his mom's way of cooking a ham dinner. She could never get it quite right. Something was off. So, he had his mom come and watch/teach his new bride. When they were done eating, and the ham, again, wasn't quite right he asked his mom "what did she do wrong". His mom said, "why did she cut the ham in half before cooking it" ? Turns out his wife's pan was too small to hold the entire ham and she had to cook only one half at a time. True story.
My mom always put ham in a brown paper bag from the grocery store. It always amazed me that it never caught on fire.
I too grew up on salmon patties. I cook them every now and then, but they sure don't match the ones my Mom used to make. One dish that I always will remember is my Mom's Irish Stew. A simple, chunky potato "soup" with corned beef mixed in. Has to be just the right proportions and texture to make it a stew and not a soup. A bowl of that with homemade sweet cornbread, makes you want to hug someone if you can't hug your Momma!
On a side note, my paternal grandparents loved to fish. The family would gather once a month or so at their small house and do a fish fry. They (grandparents) always caught a lot of bream and crappies. They would spend hours cleaning and scaling them while letting the oil slowly heat to frying temp. Of course this was an outside event and all us young kids would play games in their backyard. The fish was always cooked to perfection along with the homemade hushpuppies. Afterwards, we would do homemade ice cream made in a wooden maker with a hand crank. All the kids took turns cranking the ice cream to the most wonderful thing we ever had. Those were good days and great memories.
Thanks for the thread Joe! I had lots of joy and smiles typing these memories!
My grandparents were also kinda big on fish frys very much like you described. Bream, Crappie (they called them speckled perch I think), or even catfish. Definitely homemade hush puppies, they would almost always have French fries and cheese grits. Probably not the healthiest meal, but it sure was good!!!
And getting to sit on it while being cranked was very cool too.
Well, I cook foods from all over, but my husband asks for a mess of greens every now and again.
The kids like my meat pies (kind of like an Irish stew with a pastry top) and one loves banana pudding. I've been on a Cajun kick lately sautéing andouille, shrimp, and peppers together.
I'll stay up most of the night smoking pork or brisket. And biscuits, you've got to have biscuits.
Oh, and old cookbooks like one from Betty Talmadge, or the Claxton Methodist Church, or another from the 1920s- 1930s by a Mrs. Dahl at the Atlanta Journal, they keep us connected to those who came before us.