Have you changed any family recipes?

United States
November 15, 2017 4:44pm CST
The woman who raised me died when I was fairly young.. I was only 27. Unfortunately I hadn't been able to get all of her recipes from her before she passed. Most of them were just kept in her head, as all of mine are. I did get a couple recipes from her though. I know how she made her chili, tuna noodle casserole, and her meatloaf. The chili recipe hasn't changed at all since she gave it to me. All that has changed is what I add to it. When I first began making it for my family I would make some cornbread to go on the side. She never made cornbread. Tuna noodle casserole is not a favorite in my home, so I don't really bother to make it often. Meatloaf I will do occasionally.. but I've completely changed the recipe. Mom used to use Heinz 57 sauce instead of ketchup. Now I loved her meatloaf.. but when I do it that way I just don't like it. So I use ketchup now and I do love my meatloaf.. it just takes forever because I have to make 3 lbs to feed my brood.. so I have to have a whole lot of time to make it! Have you changed any recipes that were passed down from your parents?
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@louievill (16341)
• Philippines
15 Nov
My grandma's original " sinigang" or sour tamarind soup did not have radish, my uncle living in the States stayed with us during a vacation and taught us putting radish because that is how his friends in the States prepared it. My sis in law and my wife also introduced adding taro or " gabi" root crop cause it gave the dish more body, so it's competely modified now.
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• United States
16 Nov
That is cool that you took a dish and made it your own.
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@louievill (16341)
• Philippines
16 Nov
@katsmeow1213 actually " sinigang" is a popular Filipino dish with many variations, what was modified was my Grandmother's original recipe version of the dish.
@Emmlex1000 (1417)
• Lagos, Nigeria
15 Nov
She must be a good chef
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@AmbiePam (46235)
• United States
16 Nov
My mom made Doritos chicken casserole and years later my sister made a Doritos beef casserole instead. So I guess she tweaked that recipe. I had meatloaf tonight, but I cheated and bought it frozen.
• United States
16 Nov
Meatloaf is one of those things I can only eat if I make it myself. It's just not the same if someone else makes it or it's frozen. Hubby prides himself on his lasagna.. so I find it really odd that he also really likes frozen lasagna and will also get lasagna when we eat out sometimes. I never eat lasagna unless he makes it.
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@AmbiePam (46235)
• United States
16 Nov
@katsmeow1213 I like my sister's meatloaf except for the parsley. The frozen meatloaf had peppers that I loved. I guess guys aren't as picky with food?
• United States
16 Nov
@AmbiePam Actually he's a heck of a lot pickier. There's not much he will eat aside from lasagna and mac and cheese.
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@Corbin5 (81979)
• United States
16 Nov
Well, I am a vegetarian, so I do not make the same foods as my mother made. I do not like to bake, so have not use Mom's recipes. My husband has added a few additions to his mother's recipes, however.
• United States
16 Nov
I have very picky eaters in my home.. so my favorites while growing up aren't as well received now.
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@Shellyann36 (8598)
• United States
16 Nov
I really need to get several recipes from my Mama. I especially need to get her holiday recipes. She makes an amazing dressing to go with the turkey for Thanksgiving. I love it and still don't know how to make it.
@Courtlynn (51147)
• United States
16 Nov
Nope haven't changed a single one. But we're plain janes and dont like many foods.
• Guangdong, China
16 Nov
I prefer cooking other kinds of food different from my mother's.
@shaggin (26988)
• United States
16 Nov
My mother is a terrible cook the only thing she makes that is good is pecan pie. I am the best cook in the family. I love trying new recipes and passing them on to people. It is so wonderful you have some of her recipes you enjoy making. My grandfather was an awesome cook and he showed me how to make potatoes but I only do them about half as good as he did. I wish he was here now to teach me better.