Mom's Best

Food Network Kitchen staffers share their favorite recipes of Mom's (and Grandma's too).  

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

©2013

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

©2013

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Mom's Chocolate Pudding

This pudding, made with a mix of cocoa powder and semisweet chocolate, was a favorite childhood treat of Food Network test kitchen manager Claudia Sidoti, who says the dessert "makes me remember my mom and all the fun and nostalgia of my childhood in the 1960s and '70s."

Get the Recipe: Mom's Chocolate Pudding

Claudia Sidoti and Her Mother

Convenience foods were a novelty to Claudia Sidoti's mother, Nelly (shown here in the 1960s), who moved to the United States from Colombia as a teenager. After sampling store-bought chocolate puddings, she decided to make her own version from scratch.

Never-Fail Cheese Souffle

Grated extra-sharp cheddar and slices of white Pullman bread are the secret to this no-fail souffle, a recipe from the mother of Food Network Kitchen recipe developer Bob Hoebee. "She loves that you set it up the day before and just bake it on serving day," he says.

Get the Recipe: Never-Fail Cheese Souffle

Bob Hoebee and His Mother

With the help of his mother, Marie, a young Bob Hoebee cuts into a cake in the late 1950s. Her recipe for Never-Fail Cheese Souffle was originally from a women's club potluck dinner.

Stir-Fried Broccoli in Oyster Sauce

Food Network Kitchen recipe tester Vivian Chan says her mother came up with this simple broccoli dish –– a 20-minute recipe that incorporates ginger, garlic and chiles –– as a way of offering a better alternative to typical takeout.

Get the Recipe: Stir-Fried Broccoli in Oyster Sauce

Vivian Chan and Her Mother

"Fun fact," says Vivian Chan, with her mother, Estella, in the late 1980s: "I think my mother coordinated my outfit to match hers." Thanks to her mother's easy recipe for stir-fried broccoli, Vivian never orders such dishes from her local takeout place anymore.

Oma's German Potato Salad Recipe

After her grandmother moved to New York City in the 1950s, she stayed true to her German roots in the kitchen, says Food Network Kitchen purchasing assistant Amanda Catrini. For this salad, the potatoes are tossed with cooked onion in a mustard sauce and sprinkled with chopped herbs and bacon.

Get the Recipe: Oma's German Potato Salad

Amanda Catrini and Her Grandmother

Amanda Catrini and her oma, Annelise, are pictured in the kitchen of the family farmhouse in 2013. In addition to making potato salad, her grandmother "continues to cook the most-delicious and -authentic German food," Catrini says.

Vietnamese Chicken Salad (Goi Ga)

The secret to this flavorful chicken salad with cabbage, says Food Network Kitchen food stylist Susan Vu, is her mother's nuoc cham (dipping sauce): She would make a thick simple syrup before adding aromatics and fish sauce.

Get the Recipe: Vietnamese Chicken Salad (Goi Ga)

Susan Vu and Her Mother

Susan Vu is shown here as a young girl with her mother, who has been known to say: "No one likes a bland nuoc cham!" Her delicious version of the sauce is used in this Vietnamese chicken salad.

Pasta e Fagioli

A mix of pasta shapes plus white beans, tomato paste and pecorino cheese make up this comforting pasta e fagioli. The recipe also calls for salt pork, which Food Network Kitchen food stylist Vince Camillo remembers his mother using in place of the traditional Italian pancetta.

Get the Recipe: Pasta e Fagioli

Vince Camillo's Mother

Vince Camillo's mother, Carmela, would sort the beans for her version of pasta e fagioli the night before making it.

Sugared Puff-Pastry Tea Cookies

These 20-minute tea cookies are made with just four ingredients: puff pastry, lemon, sugar and an egg white. Food Network Kitchen recipe developer Andrea Albin recalls her mother making the original from leftover dough scraps.

Get the Recipe: Sugared Puff-Pastry Tea Cookies

Andrea Albin and Her Mother

Here's a photo of Andrea Albin and her mother, Veronica, taken in the early 1980s. On the left are recipe cards for glace royale and a puff-pastry apple galette –– the original source of the dough used to make Sugared Puff-Pastry Tea Cookies.

Mom's Cheesecake

The secret to this cheesecake, says Food Network Kitchen executive chef Robert Bleifer, is his mother's use of whipped cream cheese in place of the conventional variety, which she used in defiance of the package instructions.

Get the Recipe: Mom's Cheesecake

Robert Bleifer's Mother

Robert Bleifer's mother, Gail, is on the left as a young girl in the 1940s, on her way to a birthday party. "My mom is a terrific cook," Bleifer says. "I always looked forward to big family dinners, not just for seeing relatives but because I knew she would be making the best cheesecake ever."

Spaghettini with Spicy Seafood

Crushed red pepper flakes give this pasta and shrimp dish its enticing kick. Food Network Kitchen recipe developer Stephen Jackson remembers this as one of his mother's "go-to party dishes," but says it has "the approachability of a quick weeknight meal" as well.

Get the Recipe: Spaghettini with Spicy Seafood

Stephen Jackson and his mother

Stephen Jackson and his mother, Elisabeth, in the mid-1970s. Her recipe for spicy pasta with shrimp was one of the first dishes that made him "love seafood," he says.

Pork Belly Adobo

"As simple as this recipe is, it always projected the love she put into it," says Food Network Kitchen food stylist Richmond Flores of his mother's pork belly adobo. The Filipino dish calls for marinating the pork in a sweetened soy-garlic marinade and cooking it until tender.

Get the Recipe: Pork Belly Adobo

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