May 10, 2013 • By

What we learned from Mom

No one can cook or bake like Mom. She always seemed to know exactly what to do, whether it was a favorite recipe for a main dish or a delicious dessert.

With Mother’s Day in the U.S. this Sunday, we asked our Twitter followers and employees to share their memories and the best advice their mom gave them in the kitchen.

Natalie Vandenberghe, of Junction City, Ore., told us, “This is my first Mother’s Day without my beloved mother. Sweet memories of great times in the kitchen and around our table abound.”

Vandenberghe says, “My mother, Sandy, was the perfect hostess. Everyone was welcome at our table. I have so many fond memories and hope that I’m able to pass on some of this wonderful legacy to my own children.”

In terms of baking, she says she definitely had some lessons to learn from her mom. “I remember being admonished for not using a big enough pan or for using a spoon that didn’t have a long enough handle!”

Julie Maletto Fitzpatrick, from Rogers, Ark., tweeted us that the best advice that her mother regularly offers is: “Come over, I’m making dinner.”

That’s one way to do it!

“My mom is the best cook in my entire family,” Maletto Fitzpatrick says. “She learned from her mother, her own grandmothers and her mother-in-law. My mom still cooks all of our big family and holiday meals because why mess with perfection!”

Jody Ratliff, from Georgia, tweeted us her mom’s advice: “It’s okay to cook slowly, it’s better to take more time than to have wasted the effort by burning.”

Ed Fitch, an engineer who works with our frozen foods at General Mills, told us some of the best advice from his mother, below, was about “hidden” vegetables.

“She blends garden zucchini, cucumbers, and peppers into her signature sauces,” says Ed.

Finally, Crystal Ponti (@mommifried) emailed us the advice her mom gave her that she has truly taken to heart. “My mother always said to ‘get creative’ and don’t be afraid to take risks in the kitchen. This has stuck with me to this day.”

Ponti says her creativity works out, for the most part.

“I’m notorious for putting my own spin on recipes and for really pushing the line when it comes to testing new baking methods, throwing something completely unconventional in the crock pot or using a spice where it traditionally does not belong. Naturally, I have some wins and also some huge losses (much to the dismay of my smoke alarm, and my German Shepherd and family). But at the end of the day, I’ve had fun. And that’s what cooking and baking should be all about.”

What did your mom tell you about cooking and baking?

Please share that advice in the comments below.

Happy Mother’s Day!