12 Beloved Jewish Recipes from–Who Else?–Mom

The Nosher is in many ways a trove of family recipes, innovated, twisted and reimagined from one generation to the next. It’s the next best thing to having those original recipe cards in hand–annotated with splotches of soup and oil, and extra steps crammed into the margins, so you know it’s good.

With Mother’s Day around the corner, we thought it would be great fun to look at recipes that come from mothers and grandmothers. The result: a menu as eclectic as our writers, with flavors from New York, Russia, Hungary, and Cuba.

One of our contributors trailed their grandmother in the kitchen for days just to publish one recipe. Others found ways to make foods that remind them of their grandmothers and mothers, like gluten-free challah, or parsnip coffee cake.

What are the dishes you grew up with? Do you ever try to replicate them? Read on below for some of our favorites.

Greek Spinach Pie (Spanakopita)

Salt and Pepper Kugel
Brisket-Stuffed Papas Rellenas
Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Schnitzel and Sumac Slaw Sandwich

Bread Machine Challah
The Ultimate Gluten-Free Challah

Sour Cherry Soup
Cuban Chicken Soup

My Mother’s Ultimate Chocolate Babka
Chocolate Pudding Pie with Cinnamon Bourbon Whipped Cream
Parsnip, Cherry and Walnut Coffee Cake


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