September 23, 2012

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

As a mom of a picky eater, it’s an amazing feeling when I try a new recipe and my kid not only eats it, but asks for seconds.

These three pancakes, although not super pretty, were demolished in less than three minutes by Cooper.

That pancake at the top with the raisin face? Gone in like 2.5 seconds.

If he devours these pancakes this fast at almost 4 years old,  I’m in for it when he hits his teenage years.

We might have to buy a cow! Yup. I’m already planning ahead.

A little bit about this recipe. It comes from my friend Catherine’s new book, The Weelicious Cookbook. Have you been to the Weelicious website? It’s a gold mine for busy moms & families. When Cooper was almost 2, I remember searching online for kid-friendly recipes and found a jackpot of photos of Catherine’s son Kenya’s school lunches. Ever since then, I was hooked. Fast forward a few years and I actually met/had dinner with Catherine and we instantly hit it off. This woman is INCREDIBLE.  Not only is she a culinary inspiration, she’s a hard working mom with a passion for food & family. She just oozes positivity and I love that in a person. Go ahead, watch one of her videos and you’ll see what I mean.

The Weelicious Cookbook is filled with so many great recipes for the whole family.  If you’re in a food rut with feeding your family (I know I am!), it will be your savior. Recipes like Mexican Lasagna, Bacon & Cheese Waffles, Chicken Taquitos, Chicken Satay Burgers & Baked Zucchini Coins have left me excited to cook new things for my little family.

I feel renewed and refreshed! It’s a nice reminder that food can be fun and interactive.

Thank heavens for that.


And we’re off!

Ingredient gathering. There’s not much involved.

Don’t you love that on a Saturday morning when you haven’t even finished your first cup of coffee?

Cooper was curious about the cottage cheese. He didn’t want to try it on its own.

I didn’t actually like cottage cheese until I was like 25. Casey introduced it to me with wheat germ & honey.

That’s how I like to eat it.

Flour, baking powder & salt go into a bowl. Whisk it up to prevent clumps.

All the wet stuff goes into a bowl.

And we have a batter. I had larger curd cottage cheese. I bet small curd would be great too.

Put the batter on a hot griddle. Drink your coffee. Set the table. Flip. Pancakes are done.

Look at this face. Who is excited for pancakes? COOPER!

Who is about to nag me for a straw? Cooper!

His fingers have to poke something the second I put food in front of his face.

Hmmm. I think I might need to cut these.

He insists that he can cut them himself! Sheesh.

“How many pancakes do I have now, Mama? Furteen!”

(that’s how he says 13)

“Can I have more please?? I want the next pancake to be shaped like a rocket ship!”

Uhhh. Ok?

These pancakes are light & fluffy. They’re a little crepe-like and kinda resemble a dutch baby pancake.

As you can see, they were a real hit! In total, Cooper ate 4 1/2. That’s pretty amazing.

I would love for you to get your hands on The Weelicious Cookbook because I think you’ll really love it.

If you’d like a chance to win one, leave a comment below telling me what your favorite childhood meal was.

Let’s get nostalgic!

I always loved my mom’s macaroni & cheese and her meatloaf was out-of-this-world fantastic.

I’ll pick a winner, at random on Wednesday September 26.

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

makes 18-20 small pancakes

(recipe from The Weelicious Cookbook )

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons honey or agave syrup
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • butter, oil or oil spray

Place the first 4 ingredients in a bowl and whisk.

In a separate bowl whisk the dry ingredients.

Pour the dry mixture into the wet mixture and stir until just combined.

Heat a large sauté pan or griddle over medium heat, lightly coat with oil or butter and pour about 1 tbsp of the mixture onto the griddle for each pancake.

Cook for 2 minutes on each side or until pancakes are set and golden.

  • emmycooks

    My favorite childhood food was probably…chocolate. I haven’t changed much. But now I like cottage cheese pancakes too!

  • missy h.

    I think one of my favorite things my mom made when I was little was egg drop soup… boy did I guzzle some of that. She would also make a sheet of eggs in her wok before making fried rice and then she would roll it up and slice into long egg strings that I loved to steal from the cutting board.

  • annaliese

    My favorite childhood food was tacos!

  • Melissa

    My favorite childhood food was the “mom-let”. My mom wasn’t a great cook but she made a mean omlet. I still enjoy breakfast for dinner.

  • Lia

    My favourite meal growing up was my mums open bacon flan, which she had to re-name homemade pizza to make me eat it! It was gorgeous and I still cook some of the recipes out of the book it came from – even if it is a bit ’80s!!

    Is the giveaway international?

  • Cindy

    i loved the chicken soup my grandma made with lots and lots of noodles..:-) warm and fuzzy feeling of home.

  • Jessica

    My favourite childhood meal was home-made dumplings. And I still love it.

  • Amie

    My favourite childhood meal and still one of my favourites is my mum’s vegetable soup. It’s always chock full of seasonal vegetables, herbs and spices. The only thing that makes it better is fresh bread with a smear of butter. Delicious!

  • amelia

    As weird as it is for a child to love, one of ny absolute favourites was my moms cabbage stew. Still love it to this day.

  • Sasha

    This might be kinda weird but whenever my mom asked me what I wanted to eat, I would alway ask for her roast beef dinner! Her roast beef was made in a mushroom sauce that was soo good it just melted in your mouth. Served with mashed potatoes and cherry sauce! The sauce was thick, kinda sweet and tart and almost like cranberry sauce but soo much better! I would put it on top of the mashed potatoes and the roast beef! Delish!

    PS. Cooper looks so cute in his Batman PJs!

  • Carla

    My mom is a great cook so it is difficult to chose and try to explain/translate some of the recipes I adore. Slow cooked Cow’s tongue, chicken gizzards, Blue mussels, snails hmmm so many. I guess I disgusted everyone reading this by now!
    But of all the things my favourite, and the one that I would always remember my mom by is her chocolate sheet cake, with walnuts and chocolate ganache frosting. Yummmmm

  • Edith

    Seriously, Cooper is just getting cuter and cuter by the day!!
    My favourite childhood meal were indeed pancakes 😀 Well, the Austrian version that is, a mix between the fluffy American pancake and the thin French crepe.
    I think my record was 11 pancakes, beat that Cooper!!

  • Sara Consolati

    Marinated Flank Steak, Roasted Potatoes, and sauteed Bacon and Brussel Sprouts. And now, 27 years later, I STILL ask for this for my birthday dinner! Funny story though, the original recipe for the marinated flank steak came from the first wife of my biological father – My mom actually got on the phone and asked herself! Isn’t it strange how family traditions begin? 🙂

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    I loved grilled cheese made with Kraft singles! I wouldn’t dare make it now, but that’s what I liked…haha.

  • Rachel

    One of my favorite childhood meals was grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup on Sunday afternoons. My mom’s chicken and dumpling soup was also amazing. I ask her to make it almost every time I come home now.

  • Jess

    My mom’s chicken soup with dumplings. I don’t think she’s made it in decades, but wow, it was great.

  • Lisa

    My moms chicken parmesan!

  • Michele

    I was a picky eater as a kid but I loved when my mom would make a big pot of tomato sauce with meatballs and we would have spaghetti for dinner.

  • Laura @FoodSnobSTL

    I hate cottage cheese, but recently tried it again as an adult to see if my tastes had changed. Nope. Still disgusting to me. Now, I have a tub of it in the fridge, so maybe I’ll try it in the pancakes though!

    One of my favorite childhood meals was beanie weanies. Just hot dogs and a can of baked beans. My mom always doctored it up though with BBQ sauce 🙂

  • Amanda W.

    Chicken n Dumplings!

  • Marie

    I was OBSESSED with my mom’s cheesy potatoes! I rarely ever eat them now because they are definitely the kind of food you should save for a day of indulgence 🙂 Mmmm…wish today was one of those days…

  • Kanto

    My mom’s pasticio was the best!

  • Sarah L.

    I loved lasagna (still do)! It was always such a special treat.

  • Theresa Sea

    Grilled cheese, the way my dad would make it. He would mash down the bread and get the sandwich uber flat; that is the only way I would eat them! 🙂

  • Katha

    It might sound strange, but I really loved fried chicken liver with mashed potatoes, carmalized onoins and applesauce. And my grandma’s lentil stew. Still love it today.

  • Rachel

    I love my Gram’s pot roast 🙂

  • Bree

    I loved something called “spaghetti squares” which was basically a baked spaghetti casserole topped with cheese and pepperoni.

  • Christina

    For me it was all about a peanut butter sandwich with beef flavoured crisps stuffed in there. Preferably Hoola Hoops (classic British crisps, highly recommended if you can get your hands on them!)

  • Abby@ Totes Delish Blog

    Never would have thought of cottage cheese in pancakes! I would take a smiley face pancake as well, who wouldn’t?!

  • Lacy

    It’s so funny because my dad did a big majority of the cooking in my house growing up and having had a southern mom he made all kinds of stuff, but I know our favorite had to be biscuits and chocolate gravy.

  • Ashley

    My favourite meal was my Mom’s homemade soup.

  • Kat

    When I was a kid, I could not get enough of my Mom’s clam chowder. I craved it always.

    My son has those same pj’s! Too cute.

  • Francesca

    We used to have fried eggs, peas and chips (fries) every Friday – so English!

  • Christine

    My mom made a these breakfast squares from the bisquick box- baked in a pan with bacon and topped with cheese. We ate them with maple syrup on top. This would explain why mcgriddles always look good to me, and I’m constantly getting my heart broken by them…

  • soxley

    My favorite was “baseball mitts,” which were baked beans on English muffin, topped with strips of bacon. Made them for my son this weekend!

  • Gwen Hilger

    My Mom made french toast that was crunchy. She dipped the egg-battered bread in Ritz Cracker crumbs and then cooked it in butter. Awesome with maple syrup.

  • Chris

    My favorite was my mom’s meatloaf. It had a hard boiled egg in the middle. Sounds weird but it was soo good. For whatever reason I’m completely incapable of duplicating it.

  • Elaine

    I think my favorite was spaghetti with meat sauce. Followed closely by macaroni & cheese and hot dogs. We weren’t very exotic at our house.

  • Amy

    Tracy…Cooper’s Batman p-jams. The pushed up sleeves. I can’t handle how adorable that is! I’m so excited to make these pancakes for my nephew! He spends one weekend a month with me and he is SO frustratingly picky!! Someone has him hooked on Eggo waffles and I just can’t support that. This isn’t the place to rant about my family…or maybe it is…but at any rate…I’m already making lists of Weelicious recipes to try with him.

    When I think of dinners growing up, I go straight to the holidays. My mom was/is always the host and cook for our big family EVERY holiday. Sweet potato casserole and her deviled eggs are always my favorite.

  • Candice

    Anything my mom made was great. To this day I can’t replicate her cucumber salad, even if she’s standing over me.

  • Lauren

    Shake and bake pork chops with apple sauce. mmmmm.

    I’d love to win! I am preggo right now with my 1st, looking forward to cooking many meals for my gowing family.

  • Krissy

    we called it “jeanie casserole” after my mom’s best friend who introduced us to it. But it was a pound of ground beef, can of tomato sauce, corn and mac and cheese. It’s super easy, quick and tasty and always takes me back home!

  • alicia

    My favorite meal as a kid was probably chicken noodle casserole (made with…yup…campbell’s condensed cream of chicken soup!) or chicken divan served over rice with tobasco sauce. SO GOOD. In fact, I still make them to this day 🙂 my mom is a rockin’ cook!

  • Jane M

    Roast beef and yorkshire pudding and steamed green beans. Was our Sunday night meal. YUUUUM! Oh with the Quick Cocoa Cake from the Settlement Cookbook for a dessert!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Melanie

    I loved my mom’s shepherd’s pie! And my grandma’s spaghetti and meatballs.

  • Charlotte

    We always would have homemade baked beans and hotdogs on Sundays at my grandmothers. I always love it when she makes a batch now at 86 years old and passes on little containers of them to each of us grandkids to enjoy.

  • Emily D.

    My nana would make everyone whatever they wanted for their birthday dinner and I asked for baked ziti every year.

  • Ashley

    These look wonderful! I’ve never thought to add cottage cheese to pancakes. Have you ever added a few tablespoons to 2-3 scrambled eggs? The cottage cheese actually melts and creates a nice creaminess! [just be sure to drain the cottage cheese liquid ;)] Cooper’s face says it all!

  • gail

    fried egg sandwiches

  • Erin

    I did not recognize it as my favorite at the time, but my mother used to make this creamy concoction with tuna & peas & serve it over homemade biscuits. We can’t find the recipe now, but oh, if could, I think I would make it every day for a month!

  • misschels

    My favorite childhood meal was my dad’s grilled cheese sandwiches…he made them fun by letting my sister and I add turkey or anything else we wanted. Also, my mom was the queen of scrambled egg toasted sandwiches!

  • Isabella

    Well, I’m only a sophomore so I guess you could call me a child!

    My favorite meal that my mommy makes is broccoli cheese soup. She isn’t a very good cook so I make lots of the dinners!

  • Lisa

    My favorite childhood meal was good ol’ Campbell’s Chicken Noodle soup with a grilled cheese sandwich. I was never a huge fan of tomato soup, so my mom always made me my own bowl of soup. 🙂

  • Lindsay

    By far my favorite childhood meal was my mom’s fried pork chops with sauerkraut. I still can’t mimic the way she cooks it.

  • Sarah @ Celiac in the City

    Pizza. For sure. My mom did them homemade style — we each got our own little personal pan size and topped ’til our hearts were content… and no fighting over who had to eat the onions. (which are now the first pick for my pizza)

  • ReneeR

    My favorite was (and still is) mashed potatoes with gravy.

  • cindy

    cottage cheese, ftw!
    I always loved spaghetti and salad (with ranch, ugh!). I still, kinda, sorta, totally love it.

  • Monica

    I’m definitely giving this recipe a try. I love pancakes!
    My favorite childhood meal was my mom’s home made chicken noodle soup. Yum!

  • Alli

    I loved, and still love, cinnamon sugar toast! I also went cuckoo bananas for a dish my mom made that was diced potatoes, cheese sauce, and ham. She sprinkled cheddar cheese over the top and baked it. YUM!

  • Heather

    When I was a kid I always wanted “Soup & Sandwiches” It was my go-to meal anytime I was asked for my opinion and was frequently allowed when it was just my mom and me while my dad was off training “in the field”.

  • Lisa

    My favorite was my mom’s mac and cheese! I always try to recreate it, but can never get the sauce quite as smooth as she managed to!

  • Christina

    I used to HATE pancakes growing up! Now, I love them. I haven’t tried them with cottage cheese but it definitely looks delish, gonna have to tr it out!

    And duh, Cooper is adorbs!

  • Suzy

    I know what I’m making these weekend! Prefect to get some added calcium.

    My favorite childhood meal was a Croatian green bean soup my mom would make. It’s such a comfort food: )

  • Megan

    I really loved when my Dad made home made snacks for us. My mom always did the cooking but once in awhile my Dad would make us a treat such as home made chocolate chip cookies. Another specialty was making home made popcorn with melted butter. They seem so simple today but I went crazy for both when I was younger.

  • hellywelly

    i loved steak and ketchup. not that i had it very often, but when i did it sure was a treat!

  • Crystal F.

    Any meal cooked by my Mom’s oldest sister, my Aunt Jo, was my favorite. She was an awesome cook. I used to stay with her on Friday nights, & she would get up early to make breakfast the next morning (she cooked at least 3 meals everyday). When I’d stumble into the kitchen, she’d get out a little pan so I could make my own pan of biscuits! Oh, the memories…

  • Missy

    My favorite thing as a child was what we called “Red Soup” it was something my mother, grandmother and great grandmother made. Its basically a tomato/beef broth based soup with pulled pork, potatoes, carrots and noodles. Gotta love a double carb soup. lol.

  • Sam

    I loved (and still do) potato sandwiches. It’s like grilled cheese, but with mashed potatoes in between toasted bread

  • Ayris

    This look so good! They sort of remind me of my favorite childhood breakfast: waffles. My dad would make the most wonderful waffles with butter and warm maple syrup.

  • Chelsea

    It’s a toss up between my mom’s tomato sauce and my dad’s pancakes. I would eat the tomato sauce between two slices of bread it was so hearty and delicious. My dad would always make pancakes when I had friends over… yum!

  • Emily

    i always LOVED my mom’s meatloaf. another one of my favorites, and still is, is spaghetti with meat sauce. yumm.

  • Alyssa

    Ravioli and taco nights.

  • Christina C

    My favorite thing to this day that my mom makes is beef stew, the second I smell it I am put right back in our old house when I was 4 years old.

  • Winter

    We’d make these gyoza as a family, sitting around the kitchen table folding. Delish!

  • Mira C

    My mom would make these incredible muffins with leftover cereal (we ate bran and whole grain type of cereals, not the super sugary kind). I don’t know how she did it because she never used a recipe, but every time they were absolutely delicious. Thinking about all the times I ate one (or three) in our breakfast nook or found one packed in my lunch, it makes my heart all warm and fuzzy. 🙂

  • Leah

    Pancakes are so fantastic, I love them and have less ingredients than most and a little bit healthier! Knock out!

    My favourite meal as a kid, and I would devour it today if my mom made it for me… ground beef mixed with broccoli and mushroom soup (as the sauce) over white rice. Sounds a little weird but man would I gobble that up!!!

  • Darcee

    My fave meal as a kid was my moms meatloaf. I liked it even better the next day, cold, in a sandwich. All these years later, I’m a vegetarian:)

  • liz

    My favorite childhood meal was my mom’s lasagna…but if we’re talking dessert, her cowboy cake and O’Henry bars made my life amazing.

  • Chris

    My most favourite meal was what we called green spaghetti. I had no idea what it actually was until I was in my twenties and found out from my mom that it was spaghetti with a curried leek sauce that made it look green. Mmmmm green spaghetti. Awesome.
    Do you think this pancake recipe would work in a waffle iron? Is there really any difference between waffle and pancake batter?

  • Shaye

    My favorite childhood meal was Succotash and Mashed potatoes! Mom always had to make extra of those for me since I’d ONLY eat those items. And she still makes both whenever I go back to their house!

  • Julia

    I made cottage cheese pancakes last week for the first time… my picky child devoured them TOO! Love his Batman pj’s!

  • Rhi

    My mom used to make delicious stuffed potatoes that were a huge favorite of mine when I was little.

  • Amanda Barkey

    My Mom made EVERYTHING from scratch when I was growing up… I loved it all from homemade buns, her beef stew, cabbage rolls, chicken soup, jams and deserts. My FAVORITE was when we had breakfast for dinner and she would make either crepes which she rolled up with cottage cheese inside and served with a sweet cream sauce or big Belgium waffles which she served with homemade warm vanilla pudding sauce and a cooked fruit sauce usually made from blueberries or strawberries- YUM!

  • Patri Lara

    I loved when my mom made torrijas for breakfast. It’s really similar to french toast.
    I relate this breakfast with holidays!
    Thanks for this recipe! I’ll try it soon 🙂

  • Jane

    The meals that stand out most from my childhood are all hot breakfasts before school on chilly mornings… delicious oatmeal with butter and brown sugar, classic Cream of Wheat, or pancakes. I’m still a sucker for a tasty breakfast!

  • Katelin

    Cheese and Trees aka Mac and cheese with broccoli. It was especially funny when said by a 3 year old!

  • Julia

    My favorite childhood meal was lamb chops with mint jelly. Odd for a kid I know, but they always seemed so kid sized to me and I loved the sweet jelly with the salted meat.

  • Amanda Leigh

    Grilled chicken with my mom’s homemade bbq sauce (which was her best friend’s family’s secret receipe – that she submitted to a charity cookbook – oops!). This was usually followed by brownie sundaes with homemade fudge sauce. Many, many a birthday dinner was comprised of these elements….

  • Louise

    Those pancakes look amazing! One of my all-time favorite suppers from my mom was creamed eggs on toast. Made my sister gag, but to me it was the best food ever. I’ve never tried it since I was about twelve, though … too afraid I’ll end up hating it and ruin that childhood memory!

  • Nicole

    I have the best memories of coming home from kindergarten and helping my mom make tuna fish or egg salad sandwiches. I LOVED using the scary-looking egg-slicer to make perfect hard-boiled egg coins.

  • Sydney

    Pancakes were a childhood favorite of mine. So much so that on my third birthday they presented me with a beautiful birthday cake with frosting and I said that I thought I was supposed to have pancakes. My Granny made me some 🙂

  • mireya t

    french toast!! Every once in a while my sisters and I would wake up on a weekend morning to the smell of delicious french toast – if we were extra lucky it was made with semifreddi’s cinnamon challah.

  • Iris

    My favorite childhood meal was not a meal but more of an appetizer. Won tons were always a favorite. My mom would have to parcel out these won tons so that each of her 4 children and husband would have an equal amount.

  • Elise

    I always loved my mom’s Ochazuke. It’s a Japanese quick-dish… basically a bowl of rice with green tea poured on top! When my dad was working late, my mom took the opportunity to make Ochazuke for my siblings and I (green tea in hers, hot water in ours… can’t caffein-ate a bunch of little kids at dinner time!) She made it with rice, hot water, seaweed, “eggies” (scrambled eggs with soy sauce and sugar) and cut up hot dogs! We went mad for it when she made it! oh mama, and your ochazuke.

  • Priscilla

    I’m from Brazil, I moved here when I was 12. So my favorite meal will be a little different from everybody. White rice, red kidney beans, squash cut into cubes (then I mashed it and mixed with everything else), ground beef, tomato slices and lettuce.

  • Victor Ortega

    My favorite dish as a kid was when mom made Cauliflower dipped in egg and flour than in a red sauce. not sure how she made it exatly but it was always delicious with a side of spanish rice.

  • Nicole

    Oh man do I need that cookbook! My nearly 4 year old is the pickiest eater and it’s so incredibly frustrating! I wish he shared my childhood favorite, shepherd’s pie. It’s still my comfort food!

  • Michelle

    There are too many, so I’ll do one for each meal:-) Breakfast: cream of wheat with brown sugar – I liked to play with the way the sugar swirled as it melted into my creamy breakfast. Lunch: PB & honey – I always loved the way the honey was crystallized and crunchy by the time I got to raid my lunch box. Dinner: spaghetti and meatballs – noodles are just too fun to eat when you’re a kid!

  • Denise M

    My favorite childhood meal was baked ziti

  • Kayla

    My mom would make fantastic pan fried chicken and mashed potatoes… sooo good!

  • Leanna

    My favorite meal as a child was grilled cheese, because starting in late elementary school I could make it all by myself when I got home from school. Nothing tastes better than doing it yourself.

  • Kali

    Favorite childhood meal was my mom’s biscuits and gravy. When I make it it never tastes as good as hers does.

  • BookishCook

    I loved mac and cheese as a kid–but not the homemade stuff, from a box, please! 🙂

  • Alison Silvester

    Soft boiled egg with marmite soldiers….typical English comfort food!!!

  • Barathi

    I grew up eating Indian food so I’d say something that was a nostalgic childhood meal would be rice that my mom would pre-mix with a lentils and roll into balls. It sounds weird but it was so fun to eat with your hands!

  • Kelli

    Pancakes for sure! I will always remember the day Mom cracked open her 1960’s Betty Crocker cookbook and made buttermilk pancakes from scratch for the first time. It was all boxed mixes until then. Totally life changing. She separated the egg whites and they were fluffy good with a hint of vanilla extract. Changed my life. I realized scratch was the way to go in all things.

  • Samantha

    At the time it was Lipton’s Mornay Tuna Casserole (a kit, which I don’t think you can even buy anymore)… But now – thinking back – I don’t think I’d like it!

  • Karen

    Peanut butter and banana sandwich! Still love them!

  • Kasey

    My mom makes the best lasagna. It is the only one/kind I will eat. So delicious and comforting!

  • Tara

    My favorite childhood meal was my mom’s lasagna I remember always wanting to help her make it!

  • shannon

    My favorites were my mom’s lasagna with homemade tomato sauce and a baked chicken recipe she used to make with cheese and stovetop stuffing on top (this is probably on the back of the stovetop box or on the consensed soup label… But it was yummy as a kid).

  • Kimiko

    I was a huge fan of my mums Macaroni Pie – like Mac and cheese but better!

  • Katheryn

    My favorite childhood meal would have to be fried chicken. And that would be simply because of the gravey that was made to go along with it to drownd my mashed potatoes in.

  • holly

    i really liked my mom’s taco nights! we could dress our own tacos which always felt fancy.

  • jessie

    my favorite childhood meal was my mom’s ‘sgetti with meat sauce.. and garlic bread with cheese!

  • Cynthia

    My favorite food as a kid was ALWAYS breakfast and eggs were my Dad’s realm every Saturday and Sunday morning. He always made the perfect egg over easy with white toast to soak up all the goodness of the yolk. yummm,

  • Lauren

    My mom’s love for cooking was put to the test with two very picky eaters for children. My favorite of her go to meals was and is hidden vegetable lasagna. Yum…!

  • Hallie

    My Mom’s turkey dinners were my absolute favorite. She fixed them throughout the year so we didn’t need to wait for Thanksgiving or Christmas for our turkey fix. Gobble Gobble.

  • Jamie @ green beans & grapefruit

    My favorite childhood meal was my dad’s chicken and rice with plum sauce. And that’s a stretch! My parents were awful cooks!

  • Jenny (VintageSugarcube)

    Deep fried shrimp! That was always my birthday dinner. I will have to try those pancakes.

  • Theresa

    My son is pretty selective with what he eats, too. I love when something is instantly a hit with him. Watching him really enjoy his food is so great! It just fills my heart with joy! I’m pretty sure I’ve heard of Weelicious somewheres, why I have not bought it is the more serious question though!


  • nora r schmidt

    My grandma’s corned beef and cabbage. Everyone loathed it….even grandpa. After dinner he would tell everyone he was taking the kids to the park and we would go for burger’s and ice cream. We did this every year untilhis death in 2004. No one ever knew our secret…

  • Erin

    Thanks for the chance, Tracy! So fun to reminisce….

    My favorite dish from my mom was chicken stew and dumplings and she also makes killer rice krispie bars (the kind with peanut butter instead of marshmallows). My dad would bust out grilled peanut butter sandwiches (with bananas if he was feeling fancy). He also occasionally made us Uncle Buck pancakes…the kind where it’s one giant pancake that he would flip and cut into four. Silly dad!

  • Lara

    Hi Tracy, I love your blog and podcast. Thank you for being there and for all of the great recipes, ideas links, photos and fun talk with Joy. It is appreciated! Anyway, my favorite childhood recipe is Baked Pineapple. This was served for major holidays and family gatherings. My Grandmother always made it. My Mom still makes it. A pineapplish version of cranberry sauce…sort of. Yum.

  • Katie

    My mom is a great cook, but my grandmother was fantastic. This post is bringing back memories of her cornmeal pancakes, which she made without a recipe and I cannot not replicate. But I’ll keep trying!

  • Nicole

    My favorite childhood food memory was eating my grandmother’s hamloaf with lots of ketchup on top!

  • Tagati

    My fave childhood food memory has to be cold leftover tempura halibut for breakfast with some cold rice while living on Adak. May sound odd, but with a Japanese mother, I often have fish and rice for breakfast.

  • erin

    turkey sandwiches from sunday dinner leftovers were the only good things about mondays.

  • jessyka

    chicken and dumplings 🙂

  • Elise

    Stuffed shells was a childhood favorite…and that’s what we’re having for dinner tonight!

  • Kristen M.

    My favorite childhood meal was my mom’s lasagna or my dad’s pancakes. My dad was (and still is) the pancake master. He never put cottage cheese in them though! 🙂

  • Maci

    Seriously, one of my favorite childhood foods was King Crab legs. I have always loved them. I actually love most every kind of fish and seafood! My whole family cooks and loves food though, so I have many childhood memories involving food, and many favorite childhood foods 🙂 That’s only one of several.

  • Lauren

    My favorite meal as a child was my mother’s smothered pork chops with couscous and buttered carrots. I have many favorite breakfast recipes too and am really looking forward to trying these pancakes!

  • jenny

    I’m so fortunate to have a mom who’s a great cook, and who has lived abroad, so we had quite the variety of meals when I was a kid. however, I’d have to say that my all-time favorite was (and is) my mom’s stuffing recipe. she clipped it from a newspaper ages ago, and it’s the only stuffing that tastes “right” to me. thankfully, I have it saved as an electronic file now–definitely one of my most precious possessions. 🙂

  • Tida

    I make these too and they are so good! My favorite childhood meal probably has to be my mom’s chicken and dumplings. Now that I think about it, she hasn’t made it in years which is a total shame! She also makes a mean grilled cheese and tomato soup. So simple but so much better when mom makes it.

  • Becky Back

    I’d have to say my favorite recipe growing up was my mom’s mini meatloaves. They are basically meatloaves in patty form with a tomato soup based sauce. My mom knew I loved it so much that she made sure it was included in a church cookbook so I could always have the recipe. I actually made them again for my In-laws a few months ago and it was a HUGE hit. I would even go as far to say that they are now one of my kids’ favorite foods too!
    Comfort food is so comforting!

  • Michelle

    Mac n’ cheese! Also… I made these pancakes for my 15mo and she LOVES them!

  • Juli

    My favorite recipe growing up was homemade potato soup. It was so delicious and filling, perfect for cold winter nights. We usually couldn’t wait for it to cool down enough to eat it and burnt our tongues each time!

  • Libby

    My Mom’s Turkey Jambalaya was definitely my favorite meal growing up. I make it often now for my kids. She also made really great calzones that she’d make ahead and freeze, so we could heat them up after school.

  • Gary

    My favorite childhood meal was chicken nuggets.

  • Kiley

    Always loved pot roast!

  • Liz

    My mom’s baked mac and cheese was always a huge hit… she always served it with “Harvard” beets (sliced beets in a sweet and sour sauce), although I have no idea why they’re named that. Now I never want one without the other!

  • emily jean

    My mom made the best chalupas…still does 🙂

  • Sara

    My mom always made this thing where she would put creamed peas and tuna over toast. Love it!

  • Andy

    I loved my mom’s pork chops and potatoes. She would cook everything together, so the meat would turn out so moist and delicious, and the potatoes would just melt in your mouth. It makes me drool just thinking about it!

  • Kelli B

    Growing up in Louisiana, red beans and rice were a Monday meal staple–and my favorite childhood dish. So warm and comforting and delicious! My mom still cooks them for me anytime I visit!

  • Stacy

    I loved when my mom would roast a chicken and make stuffing and green beans. I also love her macaroni and cheese!

  • Sasha

    My grandmas food was the absolute best! Hard to pick just one, I was a big bread eater so I will have to say her ‘krehndeeli’ don’t know how to spell it, it’s Russian, it was like bagels with seasoning salt on the top. So good.

  • Amy

    My favorite food as a kid was pot roast with lots of gravy and mashed potatoes.

  • cynthia

    chicken cutlets and pastina too!

  • Anne

    My favorite childhod-food was mums handmade mashed potatoes and fish fingers….and spareribs 🙂

    Love, Anne

  • Christine D.

    Chicken cutlets and mashed potato’s was my favorite!!

  • BunnyMama

    Probably my favorite dinner growing up was hamburger stroganoff, straight out of the Betty Crocker cookbook. Even after several years as a vegetarian, I still fondly remember that rich, creamy goodness. I would probably even make it now (with a meat substitute) but my husband can’t stand the dish, and my son won’t eat mushrooms. So, there you have it.

  • MLB

    Mashed potatoes!

  • Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen

    I was a super picky eater and would always eat salad dressing sandwiches. Just how it sounds, and so gross to me now. How could my parents allow this?!

  • Tara F.

    I have several favorite childhood meals. One of my all time favorites is my mom’s Linguine and clams. I also love her sausage, peppers, and onions. When I was really little she made me eggs a special way and they were my fave. They weren’t quite hardboiled, a little softer and oh so good.
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  • Jane

    my mom would hide wheat germ in everything…apple pie with a wheat germ crust topped with cheddar cheese was considered appropriate breakfast food. i didn’t have boxed cereal until i was in college, where a short-lived relationship with captain crunch taught me the dangers of sharp cereal.

  • Erin

    My mom made the best “taco salad.” I could still eat 8 bowls of that stuff!

  • Kylie

    Canned green beans! I’d always eat them when I slept over at grandma’s house. 🙂

  • Nicole Lopez

    Mashed potatoes!

  • Jachel

    My mom made Hawaiian chicken, I devoured it every time. Now I know it was very Hawaiian, but it’s still comfort food to me.

  • krista

    every saturday, i would go grocery shopping with my mom. once we got home and unpacked everything, we would whip up a big bowl of french onion dip (with the onion soup mix), grab the ruffles potato chips and play parcheesi. to this day, whenever i need to feel some extra love, i eat potato chips and french onion dip. works without fail.

  • Linda

    Grilled cheese! Though when my friend and I tried to make it ourselves in 4th grade we buttered both sides of the bread. Not a good plan.

  • Hilary

    My mom used to make this stir-fry that I loved. It had chicken & pineapple chunks in it. She got it from a Bisquick cookbook..don’t even ask me what Bisquick has to do with stir-fry!

  • Sarah S

    My mom would make us fish sticks and mac ‘n’ cheese. Loved it as a kid.

  • KL

    Fish sticks, tater tots, and creamy corn. Or mac and cheese.

  • Heather

    I have two favorites from my childhood!! Busy Day Steak (which is round steak baked in gravy cooked on low for like 4 hours)and my Auntie Rene’s chicken legs (which is just chicken legs brushed with melted butter, and sprinkled with seasoned salt and then baked to perfection with a little extra butter in the pan, beware this recipe can create a messy oven from the butter splatter). Now my kids love these recipes!

  • Ann

    Chicken and dumplings.

  • Anne B

    I think it I have to say the old stand by peanut butter and honey sandwich. Apparently I pretty much lived off them for the first five years or so 🙂

  • Julie

    My favorite childhood meal is simply sheperd pie. But only the one my mum made.

  • Kristen {bites & sights}

    Who doesn’t love pancakes with a smiley face?! And these sound delicious. I’d love to win a copy of the Weelicious cookbook. One of my favorite childhood meals has to be my Grandpa’s biscuits and gravy 🙂

  • Karen B

    I LOVE my mom’s after Thanksgiving Turkey Gruel. Sounds horrible, but it is the ultimate comfort food!!

  • Dawn

    I loved and still love my mom’s chicken and dumplings. I ask her to make them for me on my birthday every year! thanks for the giveaway, Tracy! I totes love you and your blog!

  • Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking

    My mom always made the best mashed potatoes! Twice baked, creamy, with a little crunch on the edges!

  • Kristin

    mmm…definitely mashed potatoes (extra creamy) mixed in with peas and her famous meatloaf. My taste-buds are tingling.

  • Chris

    1. Swiss steak

    2. Fried egg sandwiches on Friday night!

  • Sarah

    Tracy, I just made this pancakes, and holy WOW they are AMAZING. I’m usually not a big pancake person, but I just spent the day talking about breakfast and needed some breakfast for dinner! I was worried about how little flour there is in the recipe and thought these would come out too gooey, but they are spot on! So delicious!

    My favorite childhood meals were my moms pot roast, beef stroganoff, and my Dad’s spaghetti sauce!

  • Cynthia

    Thursday night were italian night. So my favorite meals were spaghetti and meatballs and bow tie pasta dinner.

  • Amber

    My mom will be the first to tell you she’s not a very good cook so when I was a kid most of our meals were frozen dinners and hamburger helper. However, the one meal she did make from scratch was my grandmas stuffed shells and they are amazing! I make them all the time now and everytime it makes me smile remembering how excited me and my brother and sister would get when we knew we were having them.

  • Ally

    I loved mac and cheese. I still love mac and cheese. I will always love mac and cheese ^_^

  • Julie Smith

    These sound amazing!

    I have so many favorite food memories it would be hard to pick a specific recipe. I think I admire how my mom was able to make good food on a really tight budget. Not something I realized back then, but appreciate now.

  • Mandee P

    I loved my mom’s pork green chili. It was always such a hardy meal with amazing smells floating through the kitchen. It is now a favorite in my house. I’ve even made it for my parents and they loved it.

  • joD

    Strawberry crepes. We had a strawberry patch (and snakes) and in the summer my mom would make us crepes to go with the harvests. My friends didn’t believe me. One tattled on me to her mother, who then came to report to my mom of what a liar she thought me to be. My mom’s response: “She’s right. I make them.” They were worth bragging about.

  • Krysten

    Oddly enough, my favorite mom-cooked meals were — and still are — beef stroganoff and chicken sour cream enchiladas. Yum!

  • Corisa

    I really loved my grandmothers cooking and pasta nights especially !

  • Sarah

    My mom’s spaghetti, which we had every Sunday night growing up. I also totally intend on making it a tradition when I have kids!

  • Rebecca Sherman

    My favorite memory is my mom’s homemade meat sauce using the bountiful tomatoes grown in our garden. Deelish!

  • Stefania Avalos

    My favorite meal as a kid was pizza!! 🙂

  • Katheryn

    Tuna over toast and my moms peach pie.

  • Courtney

    I loved my Mama’s skillet beans with cornbread and with a side of giant black olive fingers! This was the best meal on a crisp fall day after playing in the yard raking leaves!

  • jennie

    Vegetable lasagna, corn, and mash potatoes. 🙂

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  • Mary Chandler

    My mom made ‘macaroni casserole” which was just macaroni noodles, ground beef and stewed tomatoes. Simple, not terribly unhealthy and a total comfort food!

  • Amanda Thompson

    Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Sandwiches!

  • erin

    When I was little, we would go visit my great aunt in Pennsylvania and she would always make the same meal – hamloaf, scalloped potatoes, and jello salad. I remember this because it was SO GOOD except for the jello salad which was straight up bag of salad mixed into jello – chill and serve. It was horrific. My mom used to let us dump it out when my great aunt left the kitchen. It’s the only thing that I was ever allowed to not eat/try on my plate every time. Ick!

  • Sarah

    My favorite childhood dinner was homemade spaghetti and meatballs, yum!

  • Ellie Delancey

    My favorite childhood breakfast memory involved a fried egg sandwich. Yes, that’s what I ate for breakfast and it was amazing!

  • melissa

    my mom’s beef stroganoff was my absolute fave!

  • Arianne

    My favorite childhood meal was probably a toss up between my mom’s crock pot chuck roast and her pan fried cube stakes. It’s funny to think about this now that I’m a vegetarian but my mom doesn’t really cook vegetables.

  • Carolyn

    Hawaiian meatballs

  • Nicole

    Totally making these sometime soon!

  • jessica w

    I loved Goulash and Knoedel… I grew up in Germany

  • Colleen

    My mom worked nights so my dad usually cooked dinners, which were usually out of this world delicious. My favorite was his Friday night fried rice that was just a pan full of whatever leftovers we had from the week. He tossed everything with soy sauce and magic to make something so simple, yummy and comforting.

  • Megan

    I love my mom’s hot dish, complete with frozen green beans 🙂

  • Stephanie

    My brother and I would fight over the last serving of, no joke, spinach! Mmmmm

  • Stephanie

    (but I must say, these cottage cheese pancakes don’t stand a chance in our house – the kids devour them. I have to ration them by freezing them!)

  • Regina

    Wow way to ask a hard question! The food I ate the most was pb&j but my all time favorite meal as a kid is still my favorite meal of all time.
    A new years eve specialty for those of Pennsylvania dutch heritage- Pork, sauerkraut and mashed potatoes! Honestly its incredibly simple and quite amazing, but especially if my mom makes it.

  • Kira

    My favorite was my moms chicken soup with matza balls

  • kelly

    Cape Cod Pizza. I still crave it but live so far away:(

  • Julie

    Grilled cheese and fruit salad

  • Kristen

    First, best post comments ever!

    Childhood favorites: Breakfast by my father – cinnamon and sugar toast or cheese toast. Under the broiler until the cheese slightly burns. So toasty and good!!

  • Shalu Suri

    My favorite childhood meal was chicken curry cooked by my mom with rice 🙂 Now we are oceans apart and I miss it so much. love you mom!!

  • Kate

    My fav meal (like you) was my mom’s homemade macaroni and cheese. So simple, yet so good. We always had it every Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Amazing covered in ketchup.

  • Nicolle

    Breakfast for dinner! Every now and then my mom would make us waffles for dinner (on the waffle maker my grandmother used when my dad was a kid! I totally have dibs on it next). We’d have them with frozen blackberries and whip cream!

  • Meister, Running While Smiling

    That pancake-loving smile on Cooper is great. (I can’t blame him: I love pancakes, too! But my favorite childhood breakfast dish was hot cereal, aka farina, aka a vehicle for about a ton of sugar.)

  • Heather H

    My Grandma would make chicken, biscuits, and gravy. I loved it!

  • Emily Nadeau

    My favorite meal was “fried” chicken, which mom baked in the oven, but still had crispy skin! Yum!

  • Tracy

    Whenever I stayed home sick, my Dad would make me grilled cheese on the stove. I never had the patience, and would always burn mine, but he would get it golden brown and melty with real cheddar – and I might have sometimes stayed home “sick” just for lunch….

  • gretch

    my mom made really good tuna salad. we used to have it for dinner every monday nite!

  • Rita D.

    I had two favorites growing up. My mom’s chicken pot pie and my great-grandmothers vegetable soup. My great-grandmother (nannie) always had fresh garden vegetables and that soup was amazing!

  • Jade Sheldon

    I loved my mom’s spaghetti!

  • Brooke Gregg

    LOVE your blog, have been reading for a few months now but never commented. My favorite childhood meal was my mom’s cheese soufflé. So delicious! I would always request it for my birthday dinner and can’t wait to make it for my own kiddos someday!

  • Jen Merschel

    My mom made these porcupine meatballs studded with rice and I would dip them in tons of ketchup. Also, Shake-N-Bake pork chops were always a hit too.

  • christina

    my grandma’s rice porridge.

  • Jayne

    My late grandma was the bestest cook in the world. Everytime I went over to stay at her place, she allowed me into the kitchen with her to smell, touch, watch (something my mom never allowed because I was a meddly little girl… haha). She would always ask me what I wanted to eat for dinner and every time (because we are Chinese) it would be chicken and potato stew and steamed tri-egg custard with minced pork. All these eaten with rice and some stirfried veg. She would make these and when we were really young, feed us. When I think of childhood, I think of her. I really miss her very much.

  • Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out

    Favorite childhood meal is still my favorite: my momma’s chicken pot pie!

    Although I die for a great mac and cheese.

  • Joe

    Eggplant and my Mom’s meatballs – a hunk of italian bread and some marinated peppers.

  • Sarah H.P.

    I always loved my mom’s cream of potato soup! Mom would make the soup and Dad would make his signature dumplings to drop in!!

  • Abbie

    Let’s see….my favorite childhood meal would probably be Shepherd’s Pie. When I was little, my dad was always traveling but whenever he came back it would always be a very special day. Even though he had just been on a long flight and was probably very tired, he would always make Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie. and not the shepherd’s pie with nasty mushrooms in it! Even though my mom was always there and cooked very well, I get the most nostalgic when I smell a fresh shepherd’s pie.. Smells just like home.

  • nicole b.

    My mom always made us sloppy joes, tater tots and corn on the night we would carve our Halloween pumpkins. I jazz it up a little now (no Manwich for us, plus homemade tots and corn pudding), but it’s a fun little tradition that I like to keep going.

  • Jennifer

    I always loved it when my mom made individual chicken pot pies. Delish!

  • Beth M

    Mine was and still is my mom’s lasagna.

  • Bea @ Bea's Bites

    My favourite childhood meal was actually when I was sick and my mom would make me soft pasta in chicken broth with some sliced ham. Kinda weird.

    I’m wondering, would these pancakes freeze well even with the cottage cheese? Definitely want to make these soon!

  • Ellie

    Favorite was and still is, macaroni and cheese! But with tomato and not too much cheese.

  • Mira

    My grandmother’s Austrian apricot dumplings!

  • Adrianne

    One of my favorite meals when I was a kid was macaroni and cheese with hot dogs. Definitely not the most healthy meal, but I loved it as a picky-eater kid. My mother would cry if she knew out of all the healthy food she tried to give me, this was my absolute favorite. Sometimes even now I get a hankering for it and buy those good, ol’ spiral mac ‘n cheese boxes and a pack of hot dogs just to satisfy that nostalgic craving.

  • Jessica

    My dads big breakfast! We sometimes had it for dinner too.

  • Jessica

    my mom’s tuna casserole. also loved taco nights!

  • Lisa

    Nostalgia at its finest is my moms homemade cheesecake. Its like clouds of heaven in every bite! Oh and homemade chocolate chip pancakes, shaped into “mickey mouses” with about a pound oh maple syrup. That just screams home to me.

  • Dawn

    Oh man, I loved salmon patties and scrambled eggs like nobody’s business (lots of ketchup mandatory).

  • Hannah

    My dad would make breakfast on the weekends for my sisters and I and he would cut our breakfast potatoes into little hearts…it was the cutest thing! And my mom makes the best hot chocolate, with mountains of marshmallow cream!

  • Jaime

    Kraft mac n cheese all the way! My brothers and I got to have it when my parents went out on a date. Yummmm

  • Becky

    I was so excited to see your cottage cheese recipe because I just shared a quiche made with cottage cheese for the week at http://beckyyannes.weebly.com/1/post/2012/09/quiche-its-whats-for-dinner.html.
    I loved my mom’s jelly pancakes — essentially crepes with simple grape jelly — that were reserved for special mornings like snow days in my elementary years. Mmmm!

  • Claire

    my favorite childhood meal was Thursgiving. Once every month or two I would talk my mom into making Thanksgiving foods for dinner (generally on a Thursday because it made for the best wordplay) and we would get rotisserie chicken and have mashed potatoes and stuffing and green bean casserole. yum.

  • Claire

    my favorite childhood meal was Thursgiving. Once every month or two I would talk my mom into making Thanksgiving foods for dinner (generally on a Thursday because it made for the best wordplay.)

  • Katie M

    Dried Beef (in white sauce) on toast. I asked for it for every birthday dinner. Or her killer tacos.

  • Sarah L

    That sounds like a great cookbook. I loved kidney bean goulash.

  • Stephanie

    My mom makes THE BEST grilled cheese sandwich. Never had a better one. Also, potato chips in sandwiches.

  • Stephanie

    Love Weelicious! What a great giveaway!

    My favorite childhood meal was grilled cheese — I ordered it whenever we would go out to eat and my dad would tease me, “when you grow up, you’re going to write a cookbook called ‘Grilled Cheeses Around The World'” — not a bad idea, actually.

  • Jill

    pierogies were my fave

  • Ellen

    Anything my mom made with bernaise sauce!

  • Jeannette

    I was a very picky eater as a child, but my mom wouldn’t put up with that. Considering she had three kids that she had to feed with one meal I can understand her. On my birthday I could always decide on a meal and for many years I chose the same thing: Dutch apple fritters. My absolute favorite at the time!

  • Katie dB

    My favorite childhood meal was my mom’s lasagna…

    Love Weelicious!

  • Leslie

    No question – fried cornmeal mush. My five brothers and sisters and i would line up for it as my mother fried one pan at time.

  • Maija

    Hands down… Clay Pot Chicken… chicken breast, tomatoes, broccoli, cheese, sour cream baked .. served over rice. TO THIS DAY ( and I am now 33) its my GO TO Meal when I am home sick. My son who is 3 has been eating this too and he loves it. Its like introducing him to one of my fondest memories. Dinner with my parents- swinging my feet under my chair and watching my parents laugh. (sigh… seriously home sick now) … dinner… i think so! x

  • Ashlyn

    These look amazing!!!

  • Alisa

    Bologna and eggs with lots of ketchup!

    I also used to love Ragu cheese sauce (it’s bright orange). I had it once in college and thought it was vile – can’t believe I used to eat it!

  • Vanessa

    Fave childhood meals are my mom’s meatloaf and for breakfast, champorado (Filipino chocolate rice porridge) with bacon on the side! Mmmmm my mouth is watering and my heart is warm remembering these.

  • Allie

    I always loved my mom’s chicken nuggets. She called them Mommy McNuggets!

  • Jessica

    my grandmother’s chicken soup with orzos and lots of grated parmasan cheese until is cloudy. so simple but so yummy and comforting! its a favorite of the whole family.

  • Patricia Crowley

    My favorite food was Beef stew!

  • Melody

    My favorite childhood meal was whatever new treat my dad would bring home for my sister and I. A newly packaged string cheese, soda with floating globs in it, the newest Hersey’s chocolate creation.

  • Sarah

    I loved breakfast for dinner nights or anytime we grilled outside.

  • G

    My Gram used to pick fresh tomatoes from the garden in Ohio and we would toast white bread and put Mayo on the toast with the tomato and pepper for lunch and then we would go to the field by our house and pick wild blackberries and put milk (that was delivered by the milk man) and a little sugar on them. I miss my Gram so so much.

  • Amber Cortes

    As a child, my mom used to make bacon, fruit salad and serve it with cinnamon swirl bread. Simplest, best breakfast ever.

  • Pam

    Pasta with my mother’s homemade tomato sauce. I still can’t eat sauce out of a jar! And since I can’t make mine taste like hers, I’m very lucky she makes double batches 🙂

  • Jordan Jobe

    My favorite food was grapes and cheese.

  • Rachel R

    I loved corn on the cob and pb, honey & banana sandwiches. (Not together, just equally!)

  • laura k

    I often wonder how my cooking will change when we have a family. I bet this book would go a long ways toward making me less apprehensive.

    When I was a kid, it was a special dinner when Dad made tacos! He fried the taco shells (and tostada shells, for me), and we had seasoned beef or chicken, beans, and all the awesome fixings.

  • Amanda

    My favorite childhood meal was pastina with butter and egg.

  • Stacey

    Definitely my mom’s King Ranch Chicken. Mmmm!

  • helen

    My favorite childhood food memories were from taco nights.

  • Karalyn

    My mom’s veggie lasagna was and still is the best. Especially when followed by her apple betty!

  • Shannon

    I was wondering why there were so many comments on this post, and now I understand! My mom is an amazing cook so it’s so hard to choose my favorite meal! Something I still request when I go home to visit is ham with mashed cheese potatoes and peas, so yummy! and a favorite childhood snack (only because it’s stuck in my head now!) is Welsh cakes. They’re little fried orange and cinnamon flavored biscuits. The entire batch never lasted more than an hour our two 🙂

  • Courtney @ I Am A Mess!

    I loved my mom’s shepherds pie all mixed up in a bowl! And I NEED this book b/c my 2-yr old lives on sausage and ice cream 🙁 He’s so picky!

  • Karen

    My childhood fav is elbow noodles and cubed ham in a clear chicken broth. A traditional American/ Cantonese dish served in Hong Kong diners.

  • Lisa | With Style and Grace

    I just pinned Coopers face, I couldn’t help it 🙂 I’m SO excited to get my hands of her book and start testing it out on my kid! Yeah, I’m planning ahead, obviously.

  • Sarah

    Corn pudding. Butter, jiffy corn mix & corn = delicious casserole!

  • Sarah

    My mom made ham balls for special occasions. They may not sound good, but they were delicious!!

  • Shana

    Bologna Hats! My mom would put slices of bologna (baloney? maybe we spell things differently in Canada) on a cookie sheet and brush them with a mix of equal parts brown sugar and yellow mustard. She’d bake them until the middles popped up like little hats and serve them with mashed potatoes. I’ve never found anyone who’s ever heard of them – they must be so white trash – but they were awesome and whatever made them pop up all so perfectly I’ll never know!

  • Jenny

    My favorite childhood meal was dim sum. I have always had a thing for egg tarts.

  • Kimberly A

    There are many to choose from, but I may feel most nostalgic about my mom’s homemade macaroni and cheese baked with sliced hot dogs (in an old school cornflower Pyrex baking dish). It was crusty and cheesy and wonderful. My dad wasn’t so keen on it, so it was usually something she’d make when he was out of town. Those rare dinners of macaroni and cheese with hot dogs felt special and vaguely conspiratorial, which made me love them, and my mom, all the more. Damn, now I’m getting all misty-eyed. Move along, nothing to see here.

  • Sarah

    Definitely tomato soup with crumbled up ritz crackers. My dad would make it out of the campbells soup can when my mom was away and it was the best.

  • Kat

    I loved french toast my mom made for me. Sprinkle with sugar on the top. Nothing was fancy, but it was heaven.

  • Andria Sheridan

    My favorite was titled “special milk” I actually hated milk so this was the only way I would drink it and then of course I guzzled it down. Add a few drops of vanilla extract and a small spoon of sugar to a glass of milk and voila! Is that weird? Sure it is, but I was a kid, what did I know?

  • Julie J.

    Roasted pork roast and sauerkraut! My Mom makes the best! It’s a throwback to her Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. And for dessert … it had to be her Shoofly Pie! These wonderful dishes that my Mom prepares are a wonderful tradition that we all love.

  • Brittney

    My favorite childhood meal was make your own pita nights! My mom would lay out every veggie imaginable, and let us stuff them into our own pita pockets then cover them in salad dressing! Not only were they delicious, but it was fun to feel like we helped make dinner 🙂

  • Courtney

    My favorite childhood food was hamburgers! Especially when my dad cooked them on the grill! Yum!

  • Lindsey Hinkle

    It’s hard to choose one favorite childhood meal… but one of my favorites that I’ve been craving this week is salmon patties with scrambled eggs and fried potatoes. Yum!!! Oh, and chocolate milk to drink 🙂

  • corvallisfoodie

    My mom’s gingersnaps! They were my favorite during the holidays and she gave me the recipe so I started making them for my family too. Also, she made really good German pancakes with lemon and butter– you know the kind I’m talking about? The HUGE ones!? My eyes always got so wide when I saw those come out of the oven…

  • dayna

    Gah! I hope I’m not too late! My favorite childhood food memory is making real french toast with leftover challah bread (and real canadian maple syrup) with my siblings on sunday morning. We made them as a surprise for my mom, dad, and for a cousin who was in from out of town, and they were so surprised! And we were so excited!
    And, as always, they were the best french-toasts ever!

  • eileen

    being korean i know this may scare most but something with kimchee!

  • Tonya S.

    Would have to be spagetti pie

  • Little Big

    I want this cookbook soooo baaaaaad. My Dad always made us tacos, but since our family is Swedush, not Mexican, he called then Swedish Tacos. Our whole family would beg for him to make them.

  • Jenn L

    I loved my dad’s apple pancakes!

    (no matter how hard she tried, my mom could never duplicate them when he was away. Don’t tell her I said so, though!)

  • Emily J

    My parents used to have to limit my intake of cornbread sticks, made in a vintage cast iron pan. Well, that and fried okra.

  • Alyssa

    My favorite childhood meal was taco night. We’d all gather in the kitchen and make dinner together, each of us responsible for a different component. Fun and delicious. 🙂

  • Lindsay

    My favorite childhood meal was spaghetti + marinara!

  • Erin @ The Speckled Palate

    I’m definitely going to have to try these pancakes at home. No picky eaters here, but we always like to jazz ours up when we have the chance. 🙂

    And my favorite childhood meal was my mom’s homemade spaghetti and meatballs. To this day, I cannot find anything that compares. And I’ve tried.

  • Jen

    My mom used to make this thing called Mexican salad. Dinner with chips!

  • Nicole

    I have heard you can do this with ricotta. But, I always seem to have cottage cheese in my fridge, so why not try this! Thanks.

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  • Marilyn

    Just made these with dark chocolate chips and topped with dried cranberries and toasted walnuts – mmmm!

  • Greta

    Great recipe! I have one similar version of my own with a few tweaks if you are interested http://www.weekendnotes.com/cottage-cheese-pancake-recipe/

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