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Old 04-04-2013, 08:36 AM   #1
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Mom's Best Meals

So many of us have mentioned the meals that remind us of home so I thought it might be nice to have a thread dedicated to meals our mom's made/make

What meal reminds you most of home? Your favourite meal your mom makes?

My mom is a very good cook but I think my favourite meal she makes has to be....
Her oxtail stew with loads of browned onion, baby carrots and whole portabella mushrooms She cooks it slowly overnight till it's fall of the bone tender.
For pudding I would choose her Sous Kluitjies (Sweet tender dumplings cooked in cinnamon sugar syrup)

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Old 04-04-2013, 08:50 AM   #2
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My Mother was a fantastic cook and the things I remember most, of course, are the sweets. Pineapple upside down cake, mile high coconut cake, applesauce cake, mile high lemon meringue pie, soft molasses cookies, pearl tapioca pudding and on and on and on.

The simple things that I miss are the pan fried bread dough coated with cinnamon and sugar, she called them bullets for some reason. The second was a goulash made using home canned tomatoes elbow macaroni and ground beef. I have tried for many years to duplicate that simple dish and it never tastes right. The only thing I haven't tried is to run around the yard for several hours on a snowy winter day and then have a steaming bowl of it!
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:55 AM   #3
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My Mother was a fantastic cook and the things I remember most, of course, are the sweets. Pineapple upside down cake, mile high coconut cake, applesauce cake, mile high lemon meringue pie, soft molasses cookies, pearl tapioca pudding and on and on and on.

The simple things that I miss are the pan fried bread dough coated with cinnamon and sugar, she called them bullets for some reason. The second was a goulash made using home canned tomatoes elbow macaroni and ground beef. I have tried for many years to duplicate that simple dish and it never tastes right. The only thing I haven't tried is to run around the yard for several hours on a snowy winter day and then have a steaming bowl of it!
I've got all the recipes for the meals my mom makes that I loved as a child but it never tastes the same
It's always good but not mom's!!

Have you got a recipe for the soft molasses cookies? They sound devine!
and the pearled tapioca pudding
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The large pearl tapioca is just a large non-instant type of tapioca that you soak overnight. In some areas I have seen it called turtle tapioca. The directions on the packet will do the job. It is nice in the spring topped with a dollop of rhubarb sauce.

This is the link for the molasses cookies. Before putting them in the oven it is nice to sprinkle them with a little granulated sugar or make an indentation in the center and drop in a teaspoon of jelly.

Make em big and make em often!

Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies
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The large pearl tapioca is just a large non-instant type of tapioca that you soak overnight. In some areas I have seen it called turtle tapioca. The directions on the packet will do the job. It is nice in the spring topped with a dollop of rhubarb sauce.

This is the link for the molasses cookies. Before putting them in the oven it is nice to sprinkle them with a little granulated sugar or make an indentation in the center and drop in a teaspoon of jelly.

Make em big and make em often!

Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies
Yum! Those cookies sound great, my kids will love them Thank you!
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:23 AM   #6
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City chicken. Back then you didn't have a hard time finding them with pork AND veal. The gravy she made was out of this world, only using the water she boiled the potatoes in. Something I can only get close to using broth or stock.
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City chicken. Back then you didn't have a hard time finding them with pork AND veal. The gravy she made was out of this world, only using the water she boiled the potatoes in. Something I can only get close to using broth or stock.
This sounds to yummy! Had to Google it My kind of chicken dish "no chicken"!

My mom makes a sauce for her pumpkin fritters with cornstarch that I can never get right Drives me nuts, I've given up!
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My mom never enjoyed cooking...but she used to make a crab marinara sauce and serve it over pasta (the shells). That was really good. Her wild blueberry pies were always good, too. Which reminds me, while I'm visiting, maybe I'll make that.
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My favorite dish growing up was my mom's fried chicken with rice and gravy made from the chicken drippings. She tossed the chicken pieces in flour seasoned with salt, pepper, paprika and poultry seasoning, fried them, and used extra seasoned flour in the gravy, too.

I haven't made this in years because I rarely fry foods and it makes a huge mess. But it's delicious :-)
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My favorite dish growing up was my mom's fried chicken with rice and gravy made from the chicken drippings. She tossed the chicken pieces in flour seasoned with salt, pepper, paprika and poultry seasoning, fried them, and used extra seasoned flour in the gravy, too.

I haven't made this in years because I rarely fry foods and it makes a huge mess. But it's delicious :-)
I don't fry foods at home because of the mess
Oil splattered in my kitchen drives me crazy

I used to love my mom's "homemade gravy" She told me a little while ago that it was instant brown onion Bisto! Total buzz kill
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