Category Archives: Mom’s Recipes

MOM’S RECIPES – BAKED FISH AND CHEESE

I honestly don’t remember my mother ever cooking fish – the only fish I remember eating was frozen fish sticks (no wonder I grew up not liking fish!). But, the recipe I found was hand-written and looks very used. My dad loved fish, so I believe she must have made it for him.

This is a very simple dish – but I didn’t take the time to photograph the finished food because  we were famished and I thought I’d photograph what was left of the fish.  I’m happy to say we ate every single bite! You can download a copy HERE

 

MOM’S SWEET POTATO DISH


This is my first Thanksgiving without my mother. I feel the quote below from Dr. Seuss says it all!

“Don’t cry because it is over. Smile because it happened.”

Since today is Thanksgiving, this seems to be a  good time to make a commitment to cooking her recipes and ultimately compiling them into a cookbook for her family.  

I have chosen a sweet potato dish, which we always referred to at Thanksgiving as a Sweet Potato Souffle’.  It was a staple of our Thanksgiving meal for as long as I can remember. However, I’m not sure why it was called a souffle’, because it doesn’t remotely resemble the definition of a souffle’ below.

“A soufflé is a baked egg-based dish which originated in early eighteenth century France. It is made with egg yolks and beaten egg whites combined with various other ingredients and served as a savory main dish or sweetened as a dessert.”

In fact, the recipe is so old, the word souffle’ has been scratched out and replaced with the word “dish”. This was a staple for many years during the holidays and it never failed to please! But, the recipe itself changed over the years – for instance, 1 1/2 cups of sugar has dwindled to 3/4 cup of sugar – I can’t imagine how sweet this would have been with that much sugar in it.

The dish itself is only 7 ingredients, It is a pretty simple recipe, but a very tasty dish. You can download the recipe HERE. 

 

MOM’S RECIPES – CHICKEN MANDARIN

I haven’t posted in a while. Life got in the way – mom started a downhill slide in April 2017, and she passed away peacefully in her sleep in June.

Understandably, I took a break from blogging. But, I vow to continue this series of my moms recipes to honor her and eventually put them all in a recipe book for her family.

This is a pretty simple one – CHICKEN MANDARIN. You can adjust some of the spices for your taste (I added garlic and left out the celery. You can upload the recipe here.

Next up will be a recipe for a Sweet Potato Souffle – which isn’t really a soufflé, but that is what mom called it – as well as a great Baked Bean recipe. I am making them now for a family reunion.

MOM’S DELICIOUS CORN BREAD

This is the second recipe I am sharing from my mother’s recipes and this selection is the recipe for cornbread, good Southern cornbread.

 I’m going to cook my mother’s recipes one by one and document the journey.  When I’m finished – I will have a recipe book waiting to be put together. This is a pretty easy one, but it is something every Southerner should know to make. And, cornbread should alway be cooked in cast-iron. In fact, if you look closely, you can see the pan I used actually makes corn shaped cornbread – how cool is that???? It was great to come across this pan – because it came already seasoned. 

If you don’t know about seasoning cast-iron cookware – you can read about it here. This is a sacred tradition in a Southern household. In fact, I had a houseguest that wanted to cook while here. When they departed, I discovered to my HORROR my favorite cast iron skillet had been washed!!!!! I know the guest was trying to be kind, but I will never allow that to happen again.

You can download the recipe HERE

I previously posted a recipe for her delicious Hawaian Chicken, you can download that recipe here.

 

 

A GIFT TO YOU – MOM’S RECIPES

Last week was the week of Thanksgiving in the United States. Americans across the land generally stop working and get together with friends and loved ones to give thanks. The year of 2016 has been a challenge, there have been some ups and there have been some downs. But, it has been a year of opening myself up and learning and receiving. This is the first year I haven’t actually had a “job”. But, still I worked. 

It was a year of transition and education, resulting in reflection and meditation. We had to move my mother into memory care. As a result, we spent time cleaning out my mothers house. As many of you know, that can be a very emotional journey – with emotions ranging from highs and lows. 

As  I started going through my mothers recipes, I decided to cook her recipes one by one, document the results and make a page for each recipe. So, today I offer you the first recipe I cooked, Hawaiian Chicken. Hawaiian Chicken Yes, I could read this recipe, but I’m not sure everyone else could.

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Here is a version for you to download and print to try out on your own, click here.  Adjust the recipe to your taste, I use freshly squeezed pineapple juice and more garlic. And, yes, the 36 hours marinating works.

Next up – maybe her “Very Good Cornbread” of “Very Italian Chicken” (her names).

If you want to receive these recipes – sign up for my blog. When I’m finished, you will have a completed cookbook.

I’ll close with a picture of mom with all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mom, Tyler, Mallory, Erin, Lexi, Braydon

Mom, Tyler, Mallory, Erin, Lexi, Braydon