Recipes from the Stars' Moms and Grandmas
Food Network stars' moms and grandmas share their favorite recipes and stories about their kids in celebration of Mother's Day.
Photo By: Charles Masters
A Delicious Ode to Mom
Though we're thankful for mom (and grandma!) all year long, Mother's Day is an extra-special time to take a moment and shower the most important woman (or women) in your life with some much-deserved love and attention. Whether you choose to do that by making your mom an Instagram-worthy breakfast spread or you spoil her with a tray full of made-with-love desserts, there’s no wrong way to show mom just how much you care. In fact, we asked a few Food Network stars to share the go-to dishes they always turn to when they want to celebrate their own mothers. For Valerie Bertinelli, who's pictured above with her mom, Nancy, that dish is Chicken Cacciatore. Turn to the next slide to see how Valerie makes the recipe, and to find out what her friends Guy Fieri, Sunny Anderson, Molly Yeh and more had to share!
Mom's Chicken Cacciatore
When Valerie Bertinelli was growing up, chicken cacciatore was a standard weeknight dinner. It’s one of many recipes she learned from her mom, Nancy, over the years. "I’ve been making it so long, I don’t remember when I started!" she says. Valerie and her mom use just one pot to make this ultra-comforting meal. It also makes cleanup an absolute breeze! Nancy originally incorporated a whole chicken in the dish, but Valerie’s version calls only for chicken thighs. "They’re more forgiving, especially for beginners," she says.
Get the Recipe: Mom’s Chicken Cacciatore
Guy Fieri and his mom, Penny
Southern Pecan Pie
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Aarti Sequeira and her mom, Rose
Shrikhand and Pooris
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Molly Yeh and her grandmother, Mary
Molly Yeh’s dad was the one who persuaded her to make her grandmother’s braised pork for the first time. It was one of his favorite foods growing up, and when Molly got the recipe from her grandmother Mary, she understood why.
Grandma’s Tepong Pork
"I love how heavy it is on the sugar as well as the star anise, which I don’t use a lot in my cooking," Molly says about this family-favorite recipe. "It’s so comforting and has this warm, nostalgic quality."
Get the Recipe: Grandma’s Tepong Pork
Anne Burrell and her mom, Marlene
Victorian Rose Geranium Cake
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Duff Goldman and his mom, Jackie
Cherry-Walnut Gelatin Mold
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Eddie Jackson and his grandmother, Geraldine
Eddie Jackson can pinpoint the moment he began falling in love with food: the first time he rolled out homemade biscuit dough with his grandmother Geraldine. She was the head chef at the high school in his hometown, Americus, GA, for more than 45 years, and as a kid Eddie spent mornings in the cafeteria, helping her prep.
Grandma Geraldine's Famous Biscuits
"Seeing how excited the kids would get as they came through the breakfast line to get my grandmother’s biscuits stuck with me," Eddie says about these golden and pillowy rounds. The women in his family have passed down the recipe for generations, and it works for drop biscuits or cutouts. "My grandmother would do both," Eddie adds.
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Sunny Anderson and her mom, BJ
Growing up, Cooking for Real host Sunny Anderson and her family moved constantly — 23 places in 29 years — because her dad was in the military. But whether they were living in Virginia or Germany, one thing could make anywhere feel like home: Mom's funnel cake. Young Sunny loved this dessert because "you can usually only get it at a carnival or fair," Sunny's mom BJ says. "It's such a novelty at home."
Easy Classic Funnel Cake
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Geoffrey Zakarian and his mom, Viola
Geoffrey Zakarian ate his mother's famous Shepherd's Pie often as a kid, but he didn’t know it as shepherd’s pie, just as a tasty use of leftovers. "My mom, Viola, served it whenever there was extra meat," he says. "It’s the best comfort food."
My Mother's Shepherds Pie
Viola's Shepherds Pie recipe is easy to adjust based on what you have: You can substitute ground beef or turkey for the lamb or swap the potato for cauliflower or even turnip purée!
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