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Mother's Day

10 Memorable Recipes Inspired by Moms

We’ve learned that when it comes to family recipes, mothers often know best.
By Published May 7, 2018

Here at Cook's Country, we’re known for our ability to take recipes that remind you of home and streamline them into foolproof, everyday favorites. But we couldn’t do it alone. We gather inspiration from lots of sources, and in many cases, that means turning to what we’ve learned from some of the most important women in our lives.

Many of the cooking tips and recipes we rework to make more convenient for home cooks have been passed down to us from our moms. So this year for Mother’s Day, we’re putting the spotlight on a few of our recipes that were influenced in some way by these women.

Holly Ricciardi of Magpie Artisan Pies Linda Diller

Left: Holly Ricciardi lifts a slice of Dutch apple pie at her bakery, Magpie Artisan Pies, where she serves sweets inspired by her mom's. Right: Linda Diller in front of a bowl of North Carolina dipped fried chicken, which her parents made famous.

The Women Behind Our Heirloom Recipes

In every issue of Cook’s Country magazine we feature an “heirloom” recipe—that is, a recipe that’s been handed down from readers’ or test cooks’ families or communities. Here are a few that can be traced back to moms (and grandmothers!).

Finding Inspiration on the Road

We travel all over the country learning about America’s hidden dishes from the people who make them and then recreating them back in our test kitchen. Each of these “On The Road” trips helps us tell the stories behind these undiscovered gems and then create foolproof versions of them so that our members can have a taste of the road at home. Of course, many of the stories behind these recipes and restaurants start with the family matriarchs.

Recreating Mom’s Recipes

Many of our recipe discoveries are formed by our food experiences, including those we’ve had with the mother figures in our lives. Here are some of the ways these women have influenced our recipe choices.