The comforting aroma of freshly baked bread reminds you instantly of summertime at grandma’s. Dad has made his famous firehouse chili again, and it’s just as good the fiftieth time as when his dad made it for him as a boy. Mom has packed the jar to the brim with heavenly chocolate chip cookies using that secret ingredient, just like her mother used to do. Food and recipes are interwoven in the fabric of our family lives, and they’re among the most important treasures we hand down from generation to generation. They gather together our loved ones, help us remember those who are long gone, and inspire timeless traditions.
That’s why, to kick off our 2013 Food Blogger Bites series, we asked our Top 100 Mom Food Bloggers for the number-one family recipe they plan to hand down to their kids. From cinnamon rolls to chicken soup, these dishes are sure to inspire your own family traditions! — Max Minckler
French Onion Soup 1 of 16
Creamy Cheesy Potatoes 2 of 16
Enchiladas en Salsa Roja 3 of 16
This is one of the simplest, tastiest meals that has ever graced my lips: warm tortillas dipped in a rich tomato salsa and sprinkled with queso. A meal easily pulled together by my mom on a busy week night, served to family members when they would arrive for a visit, or even presented on a huge platter for a fiesta, enchiladas en salsa roja have always been one of my favorite meals.
- Vianney Rodriguez, Sweet Life
Homemade Salad Dressing 4 of 16
Looks like salad dressing is going to be the recipe I pass down. My kids have seen me make it hundreds of times. The other night, I got home and learned from the babysitter that my daughter had pulled out the mortar and pestle, bashed some garlic, and added olive oil, lemon juice, and mustard. Her salad dressing was just like mine except she "forgot" the anchovies.
- Phyllis Grant, Dash and Bella
Mexican Molletes 5 of 16
They can be interpreted as Mexican grilled cheese and bean heroes, and they are one of the most comforting foods I have eaten. They are wholesome with a thick layer of nurturing beans, have melted cheese on top, and can be tailored to my kids' tastes: crumbled bacon, chorizo, turkey, ham, or sautÃ©ed mushrooms. I always include fresh pico de gallo to garnish which makes it even healthier.
- Pati Jinich, Pati's Mexican Table
Sweet and Spicy Chickpea Sauté 6 of 16
There are too many to choose from, but if I had to, it would be this sweet and spicy chickpea sautÃ©. This recipe has been passed down through generations of my family, and every time I make it, I am transported back to my childhood helping my grandfather a wedding chef in India.
- Michelle Peters-Jones, The Tiffin Box
Bread and Butter Pickles 7 of 16
Cranberry Sauce 8 of 16
Black Mole 9 of 16
Chicken Soup 10 of 16
I plan on passing lots of recipes down to my kids, but probably the most important one is chicken soup. It's both food and medicine, healthy and delicious, and something everyone should know how to make. Even vegetarians, should they decide to go that route, can nix the chicken and use mushrooms instead.
- Tammy Donroe, Food on the Food
Roasted Chicken 11 of 16
Tamales 12 of 16
We will definitely pass down to our kids how to make grandma's tamales. They all love tamales and we have a tamalada every year in December. They are learning how to spread the masa onto the cornhusk.
- Evangelina Soza, Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack, and Veronica Gonzalez Smith, Muy Buono Cookbook
Baked Anelletti 13 of 16
Manu's Menu is all about traditional Italian food and family recipes, and one of our favorites is definitely baked anelletti. This is my Sicilian nonna's recipe for baked ring-shaped pasta with fried eggplant, cheese, and a delicious meat sauce.
- Manuela Zangara, Manu's Menu
Sourdough Starter 14 of 16
Outside-the-bird Thanksgiving Stuffing 15 of 16
Every weekend when I was a child, we'd drive up to my grandmother's place a turn of the century Iowa farmhouse in the middle of nowhere that didn't have running water or indoor plumbing. In the summer, there was always the garden ... in the winter, frigid dashes to the outhouse. Grandma used a lot of JELL-O and marshmallows in her cooking, which isn't quite my style, but I've adopted many of her other recipes as my own. One, an outside-the-bird Thanksgiving stuffing is my go-to recipe for: a) comfort food, b) using up stale bread, and c) of course, Thanksgiving. It's an heirloom of simplicity.
- Amanda Niehaus, Easy Peasy Organic
Sinful Cinnamon Rolls 16 of 16
More than likely that will be my recipe for sinful cinnamon rolls. This is a breakfast and holiday treat that is requested over and over since I first started making them. Even my little nephew asks if I have "any plans to make cinnamon rolls" when he comes for holidays. This recipe just works every time it never fails me so I don't even experiment with any others
- Sarah Kenney, Snippets of Thyme
What recipe do you plan on passing down to your kids? Tell us in the comments!
Check back next month for a new set of recipes from our top food bloggers — and until then, check out what dishes they shared with us last year!