A dozen mouth-watering recipes from my mom or inspired by her — all are made with love.My mom was an absolutely amazing cook who rarely, if ever, followed a recipe. She created masterpieces from leftovers – and her meals often had many “secret ingredients.” My mom shared her kitchen with me when I was growing up, and was always open to me experimenting with food. Following her lead, I’d try to create my own recipes. I think that’s when my interest in cooking really began.
My mom has been quite ill for the past couple of years, and though she can’t cook anymore, I still ask her questions about things she used to make, and I share with her what I’m doing in the kitchen.
So on this Mother’s Day, to celebrate my mom, I am sharing a dozen super delicious recipes, that are either my mom’s, or inspired by her. Each one has a story . . .
My dad would pick the lemons from the tree in the backyard and my mom would juice them with her antique juicer in her incredibly unique and stunning kitchen that she designed every inch of herself. Get the recipe here.Individual Grasshopper Pies
Some might call this an “egg n’ the hole” among other names, but my mom always called it a Hollywood Egg, and always made it with an onion bagel — never a slice of bread. It was also always made with butter, garlic salt, and a whole lotta love. The recipe is here. Braised Brisket Stew
My mom made this brisket for as long as I can remember, and she always winged it. And she winged it perfectly! After years of interrogating her about her method (well, her method of winging it), I have come up with this scrumptious recipe.
My mom and my aunt used to spend hours in the kitchen together making potato pancakes. And I mean hours! And I loved each and every one of them. This delicious recipe is here. Mexican Chocolate Crème Brûlée
Whenever my mom ordered flan or crème brûlée in a restaurant, she asked the server if it was “as smooth as silk.” I’ll be the server here and say that, yes, yes it is. Get the recipe and find about more about how funny my mom is in restaurants here. Ginger Applesauce
When I was a kid, about once a month my mom would make these beans with knockwurst, and it was the most incredibly delicious, comforting meal of all time. Here it is. Chocolate-Chipotle Colorado-Style Chili Recipe
This scrumptious chili is a take on my mom’s number one order from Casa Mia, our favorite restaurant from my childhood. Check out the restaurant and get this deliciousness here.