Mom’s Real Food Recipe Carnival

April 28, 2009

Mother’s Day is not far off and I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about how I learned to cook and appreciate food because of my mom and grandma. I wouldn’t be doing this work today had I not been brought up with an appreciation for home cooked food! (If you live in the South Shore area and are interested in learning to cook healthy meal for your kids, please check out my upcoming class Healthy Meals for Busy Moms.)

As a tribute to our moms and also to Real Food, I’m kicking off a Mom’s Real Food Recipe Carnival! Here’s how it works:

1. Choose a recipe from your mom, grandma, etc. Bonus points for Real Food recipes!

2. Post the recipe to your blog by May 10th (Mother’s Day). IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE A SCANNED IN RECIPE. You can just type out the recipe you remember or love from your mom.

(No blog? No problem. Leave your recipe/thoughts in the comments of this post!)

3. From your blog entry, link back to this post. You may also include this Mom’s Real Food Recipe Carnival graphic on your site to help spread the word!

4. Email me at to let me know when your post is up and I’ll include a link to it here.

To kick things off I thought I’d share some recipes from my mom and grandma. The one above is from my grandma’s recipe file, something I am lucky to have since she passed away. I treasure her collection not only for its contents but for her handwriting, her ideas and the glimpse it gives me into her life. I love the cards that are beat up and stained because I know she made that recipe often.

When I was a kid I only knew escarole as “Scharole” since that’s how everyone pronounced it! Often we had “Scharole” Soup, the kind with mini meatballs. Boy, did I love that one. (Though I usually picked around the greens to eat the meatballs only.) Again, only years later did I find out that the rest of the world calls it Italian Wedding Soup! Here’s a recipe from my grandma’s box using escarole in a different way, with pasta and prosciutto:

Now here’s a recipe from my mom. Growing up, my mom always made me help her in the kitchen. I thought I was helping, or doing chores, but what I was really doing was learning a lifetime of cooking techniques and receiving a very special gift. I look forward to one day having my kids in the kitchen with me to teach them the same thing. My very favorite meal growing up was her Eggplant Parm. Mmmmm.

And finally, a recipe written in my own grade-school handwriting. I remember one afternoon we were visiting friends of the family and they kept me busy by asking me to write down the recipe for the scones we had that day. I found it in my grandma’s recipe box years later.

Now it’s your turn! I look forward to reading all of your entries!

Our first entry is from Shweta at Bonne Nutrition
She has entered two Indian recipes from her childhood: Khara Pongal and Sweet Mango Dosa. They both look terrific, thank you Shweta!

Next we have a Hollandaise sauce from Laura’s mom
Not only did Laura contribute a recipe, she STARTED a blog in order to share her family story and recipe with everyone. Wow! Way to go the extra mile!

Houseonahill has shared her Gran’s Tea Biscuits!
I love the photographed recipe and story about her Gran from New Orleans. Very sweet!

Shweta is back with Mung Dosas and Green Peas chutney
What a lovely green meal! Thank your mother-in-law for her chutney recipe for us!

Karen remixed her mom’s recipe for Mother’s Day
Mom’s tuna and lemon souffle gets an upgrade to her delicious sounding Leek and Spinach Souffle.

This Carnival is running through a few fridays as part of Food Renegade’s Fight Back Fridays!