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  1. Melinda Morse says:

    My mom taught me the basics of cooking, but I’ve been learning a lot of new things from the guy I’ve been seeing the past few months.

  2. Debbie R says:

    My Aunt was a wonderful cook. She would spend all day preparing and cooking a meal. She hardly measured anything and made it look so effortless.

  3. My grandmother- she taught me to be creative in cooking healthy and that we should always strive to acquire tastes for healthy foods!

  4. Maritza Robinson says:

    My favorite cook was my father. He was the cook in the house. My sister and I loved sitting in the kitchen while he cooked or baked. He loved to make his own recipes. He would even teach us how to make some of whatever he was making at that moment. I still remember his famous sweet bread. He showed us how to make it and he wrote the ingredients down. He passed away 13 years ago and I found the recipe in a box but it doesn’t show how to make it. He wrote the ingredients down but not how much of each to put in and my sister and I don’t remember. We were little when he showed us.
    Thanks for giveaway!

  5. Kimberly Samoyedny says:

    My mom taught me so much about cooking. She was always so patient, and I love seeing my kids learning from her now.

  6. Gabrielle W says:

    I taught myself to cook.

  7. Kristina Sullins says:

    My favorite cook in my life is my son Patrick. He is so willing to try everything and he will give me credit for teaching him all that he knows (in cooking), and Paula Dean, LOL

  8. My friend’s dad was the best cook, in my opinion. He was willing to try anything and did not care if it exploded on him.

  9. Staci Miller says:

    My Mom and Grandmother was my favorite cooks. I use to watch every thing they did in the kitchen. I learned how to cook by watching and helping them in the kitchen!

  10. my dad makes the best breakfast. I always looked forward to sunday mornings

  11. Nicole Kooiman says:

    My dad always cooked for us growing up and now my husband cooks for me 🙂

  12. laura dassance says:

    growing up, my dad was my favorite cook. Every sunday before church we made crepes–it was a wonderful tradition. My husband and I have follwed the tradition with our kids 🙂

  13. Nicole I says:

    My dad was always a difficult person to work with in the kitchen but he can whip up a good dish. His main ingredient that is a rule for him to use on EVERYTHING is chili powder. I love watching my dad cook.

  14. My husband is my favorite cook! I had no clue when I was getting married that I would have such a wonderful ‘at-home chef!’

  15. Cynthia says:

    My fav cook is actually my boyfriend <3 He cooks for me whatever I want. My favorite are stuffed mushrooms and he KNOWS that and makes it for me after a bad day 🙂

  16. Debbie Moon says:

    My favorite cook was my Mom. She always made everything from scratch and hardly ever measured anything. When she was still with us it was always holidays at her house, I miss those times, she knew and fixed everyone’s favorite dish. I learned so much from her in the kitchen. Thank you so much for this great giveaway.

  17. KD {Mom of 3 Dolls} says:

    My fav cook would be my mom with her traditional Vietnamese food.

  18. Sue Hull says:

    My favorite cook is my mom. She raised myself and my 2 younger sisters pretty much by herself. We didn’t have much money but my mom worked hard. She always made great meals. To this day her lasagna and meat loaf are my faves. I had hodgkins lyphoma last yr. I had 5 1/2 months of chemo and shots to protect my bone marrow. I was stage 2. I never felt like cooking so between my 2 sisters and my mom they cooked all my meals. I’m better now but my mom still cooks dinner for me a couple nights a wk. Due to a back injury and sciatica I can’t stand up for long without being in pain. My daughter does my shopping and house cleaning but my mom is still doing what she’s been doing since I was a child, loving and being here for me whenever I need her. I love her so much and she’s my best friend. If I happen to win this giveaway which would truely be a blessing, I’d share everything with my mom. I thank God everyday for her. Thank you for this awesome giveaway!

  19. Mary Stack says:

    My favorite cook was my mother. She used to cook by the book, I started cooking when I was 14 but had to take it a step further by making my own recipes which my mother often complimented me on.

  20. Sam Eagle says:

    I have a few favorite cooks in your life one is/was my dad’s father from the chec. he was always cooking & sharing his love of cooking with me & our whole family,neighbors & friends….The sec person is my mother she makes the same recipes my pap made & the 3rd would be my late husband he cooked like my pap did…..

  21. TwilightChicky says:

    My fondest memories in the kitchen were with my mom when she used to bake wedding cakes. She did tons of them and they were all so beautiful. I loved to watch her make all the roses that would go on the cakes or make the pictures that she would make to go on the sheet cakes she made. I still can’t decorate a cake like mom, but I sure do love to bake still. Sometimes even call for her advice on something.

  22. Azslyn Cole says:

    my fondest memory of watching my mom cook was when she had me help her bake a cake and mix the ingredients for her =}

  23. shane kilpatrick says:

    Well my favorite cook would have to be my grandma she always made everything from scratch it tasted so good. I have tried to have my wife use her recipes and don’t get me wrong it is still good but not grandma good shh… Don’t tell my wife lol

  24. jamie capwell says:

    i want to win this for my sister that is a pastry chef in college and she would love this

  25. cindy caudle says:

    hands down my Mom was the best cook her rolls were feather light and so tastey she could make a meal for the whole haying crew and make it look easy

  26. Growing up – it was my grandmother I loved to watch cook. I’d sit right there beside her and we’d talk the whole time. She passed down many recipes to me that I will pass down to my daughter. My time with her will be treasured forever.

  27. Great prize

  28. My favorite cook is my Brother Lee, He can always whip up something yummy out of simple everyday ingredience

  29. Tamera Westhoff says:

    My mamaw is my favorite cook, because she made it look so effortless! She even took hot things out of the oven without oven mitts (which I thought was crazy cool)! She helped me figure out how to measure things out without using actual measuring cups!

  30. Birdie Skolfield says:

    My Mom was a FUN cook always making fun things that were tasty too she taught me to relax & just go with it in the kitchen. My fav cook is my Daughter jeccica she rocks in the kitchen YUMMY cook

  31. Ivy Grace Conales says:

    Favorite cook is my mother and sis:))

  32. I posted but cant see it? Just checking if this one does…

  33. My mom is my favorite cook and taught so much by example. She makes award winning pies that no matter HOW hard I try, I cannot replicate. Mom had 9 of us on a farm and made home made bread everyday…we’d come off the bus and walk the long lane home into the warmth and sweetness of what her love had made. Gardens brought fresh and healthy fare; chickens gave us goodness, and of course we raised our own meat. Homemade jelly and jam could never be matched by store bought! Very seldom did we ever even have to go to the store and nearly never any packaged foods. Everything we needed was fresh in season, or canned or frozen when not. Cooking and baking was SUCH hard work back then and we can never appreciate it enough when you see how our country eats now. My mom still can cook up a storm at age 80, makes light work of a holiday meal I’d fret over for weeks. She’s just a natural!

  34. Laura Monaco says:

    I loved watching my grandma cook. She cooked a lot of Polish dishes. Babkas…I can almost still smell them. Miss her and them 🙂

  35. mary fanara coleman says:

    Of course it is my Mother. She taught me everything I needed to know about cooking and keeping a home. She is very old fashioned. She taught me how to cook and bake. Especially her handed down Hungarian pastry recipes.She is talented in so many ways. She cooks, crochets, knits, crafts, quilts, sews etc. I am blessed.

  36. My favorite cook(s) were my Aunt’s. My one Aunt cooked traditional Italian meals (always with pasta she made herself!). Her sister, my other aunt, cooked all the traditional Polish foods (we are Polish-Italian). I loved to help them cook and learn our families recipes.

  37. Casey Lloyd says:

    My grandfather was my favorite cook when he was alive. I especially liked how he included me and taught me all about the different ingredients!

  38. Avon Shay says:

    My Mom was my favorite cook. She could make anything and did; growing up we were exposed to all types of cuisines. The funny thing is I didn’t realize that some of the dishes that she made were ethnic foods until I was much older. I think that Jewish food was her favorite. In my African-American household, there was always Matzah, Gefilte fish, Borscht w/sour cream, blintzes, couscous and more in our frig. My Mom made a mean matzah ball soup and brisket. lol It’s funny how in life things come full circle. I happen to now work at a Jewish organization. During my first year, twelve years ago, we had Shabbat dinner during a conference. It is there where I learned some of the foods that I grew up on were specifically Jewish dishes. It also brought back memories of Shabbat dinners we went to at my “Aunt” Mildred’s house. This is just an example of how our Mother exposed us to so many different cultures and traditions.

    Thank you for this amazing giveaway and the chance to win!

  39. amy cubbedge says:

    My Mom and my Grandmother where my favorite cooks. They taught me to cook and it is my favorite activity to do.

  40. Shelly Oakley says:

    My favorite cook was my grandfather – he was a cook in the Navy and made the BEST food. He taught me a lot about spices and seasonings so nothing is ever bland 🙂

  41. Constance C. says:

    Some of my most fondest memories are during the Christmas, and Thanksgiving holiday seasons when I was a girl. My mom could be found in the kitchen preparing a special meal for our family, and in addition to these special holiday meals she would bake several cakes, and pies for family, and friends to enjoy. I remember seeing our dining room table covered with these cakes, and pies, and we would all be so excited. My mom was a very special lady! She was career woman, who also cooked and cleaned house when she arrived home. I don’t know how she did it! My mom passed away when I was in the 4th grade from a rare muscular disease. Needless to say her death effected each of her 5 children in a very profound way. I am in my early 50’s now, but I still remember how happy our home was while my mom was alive, and how things changed so drastically after her death. Although it has been many years since she left us, I think of her often, and my memories of her still put a big smile on my face to this very day. Every now and then, I look up to heaven, and say to GOD, “GOD! Tell my mother I said hello!”, and I believe He does just that.

    I just want to say thank-you to all the bloggers who are participating in this grand and generous giveaway!

    GOD bless you and Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms!!! =)

    • Thank you for sharing you story Constance, your mom sounded truly amazing. I was in my early 30s when I lost my mom and it seems no matter what age you’re at it affects you although I’m sure far more as a child. All my best to you and good luck with the giveaway 🙂

  42. Nichole Miller Shamblin says:

    My grandmother no one could cook like that lady! The best was our big holiday dinners with 20 + people.

  43. Mine was my grandma. She baked all the time! Unfortunately she passed away 2 weeks ago today.

    • So sorry to hear about your GRandma Cheryl! Grandmas are special I have very fond memories of mine and she holds a very special place in my heart. Good luck with the giveaway!

  44. My mom never cooked because she was always working. As the oldest female growing up in a single parent family in the 70’s, it was left to me. And I wouldn’t change that a bit. I learned to cook and experiment from a very early age, and it is the one thing I do not mind saying I am pretty good at and love to do. My two recent inspired cooks are my MIL and BIL. I obviously had to adopt my MIL cooking for my husband, and my BIL is in a class all his own. He is an ingenious cook and comes up with combinations of foods that I thought I would never in a million years like, but am pleasantly surprised. I think if I won, I would have to give some of the goodie bag to him.

  45. Emily Tardy says:

    My favorite cook is my Mom! Because nothing says ‘HOME’ like my Mom’s cooking!

  46. Kristin Donley says:

    I remember making Thanksgiving dinner every year with my mom got to cook the stuffing and stuff the turkey my favorite holiday!! ~ Thanks MOM for all the great memories!

  47. Serena W says:

    my memory is of peeling 1o0 pounds of potatoes with my dad when I was 8. It gave me my passion for cooking. When I was 12 I cooked all the meals for our family. I continue to love cooking and creating new dishes for my family. Thank you dad for teaching me to cook.

  48. Kelly R says:

    My favorite cook growing up was my mom,she showed mw how to cook from scratch, it was always fun to stand next to her and watch everything she was doing…

  49. My cooking memory is sitting on the corner shelf popping green beans and chatting with my mom while she cooked. She worked hard when I was little (she still does work hard) so the time was extra special.

  50. Dorinna Wren says:

    Not sure if my other post went through so here we go. IF it did I apologize. My grandma was the best cook. I really miss her southern cooking. She made everything by scratch and never wrote down or went by recipes. I wish I had some of them so I could try to recreate her dishes. Miss you Gma

  51. Dorinna Wren says:

    I love my moms cooking but the best cook was my Grandma. She made everything from scratch and I miss her southern cooking. She never went by recipes she did them all by memory. I wish she was here with me now.

  52. Seyma Shabbir says:

    My favorite cook was my mother, she took the time to teach me recipes her mother taught her. Since I did not speak Turkish as a child I could not easily learn them from my grandmother. Also my mother loved to try new recipes since we traveled so much (my dad was in Army). No I can cook Italian, Turkish, Thai, Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, bread dishes, German, etc.

  53. My favorite cook is my mom! Growing up, she was not much of a cook, but lately since she lost her job, she has really found her niche in the kitchen!

  54. sheila musselman askins says:

    i learned the love of cooking from my great grandma..i can remember being little and watching her make her own noodles, pies, sauces and she canned everything she could lol to this day i still make some of her original recipies for my family. thank you for this awesome giveaway!

  55. Emily McMurphy says:

    My favorite cook is my boyfriend. He teaches me new things to cook everyday! We get to spend awesome amounts of time together, and have fun shopping and tasting the food!

  56. Tara Sutton says:

    Growing up my favorite cook was my great-grandmother. She taught my mother how to cook and always made biscuits from scratch. I loved it!

  57. I loved watching my Aunt Mary cook, she always made being in the kitchen with her fun

  58. Kim M. says:

    All moms deserve some love and TLC on Mother’s Day! 🙂

  59. Gail Panacci says:

    My paternal grandmother was awesome in the kitchen. She would make this dessert capped a Texas sheet cake, a chocolate cake/brownie-ish type of treat. OMG!

  60. Peggy Bolling says:

    My favorite cook is my hubby. He can take water and flour and make a 4 course meal~ It’s amazing what he can do in the kitchen,

  61. Chris Jordan says:

    My favorite cook is my mom and my dad. My mom was a great cook when I was growing up and my dad eventually took over the cooking duties. And, he is a great cook now himself.

  62. Barbara Compton Kesterson says:

    My favorite cook was my Grandma Compton. She could cook anything. She raised 11 kids during the depression so she could make something from nothing. She would cook whatever was brought to the house and left at the back door. You had to be careful on which days you ate there or you would end up with possum or rattlesnake and not even know that’s what you were having,lol. She would also fry us the best biscuits in the whole world and serve them with everything. Her friend chicken would knock your socks off and have you coming back for more. She would make a spice cake that you would not have believed and all from scratch, she was a true pioneer woman when it came to cooking. She left us with her recipes for fried biscuits and vinegar pie but no one can ever duplicate her fried chicken. I miss my Grandma 🙁

  63. Zoe Rae says:

    I loved watching my Ma Ma (maternal grandma) cook. She always gave me bits of dough to eat! I loved her cooking. I can make biscuits. My hubby says they are the best, but they don’t taste as good as Ma Ma’s did. Oh how I would love to be able to walk into her house and smell some of her good homecooking.

  64. amy c. says:

    i love my moms cooking, whenever I am at her house for a meal it brings me back to child hood a simpler time

  65. My dad. He was a great cook. Whether he was making pancakes or smoking fish, it was always a great meal. I miss him a lot. He died when I was young, but he was awesome.

  66. Amy Mullholand says:

    My grandma was my favorite cook. She’d make things that my mother didn’t make, so it was a real treat to spend a weekend with her and eat “different” things. She passed when I was 21 and sure miss her and her cooking.

  67. tami s says:

    I’m the only cook in the house so I am my favorite.

  68. My mother is my favorite cook, as children she made sure we all knew our way around the kitchen. I think my best memories are the summers learning to can.

  69. Rebecca L. says:

    My favorite cook growing up is my mom because she was always there for me to make me good meals.

  70. Shirley Smith says:

    My favorite cook in my life is my Mother hands down. She also always cooked from scratch and being a large family that was the only way to go. And she still cooks this way in her 70’s

  71. Rachael Henzman says:

    My favorite cook is my mom! Growing up, she was not much of a cook, but lately since she lost her job, she has really found her niche in the kitchen!

  72. Arlene Whitfield says:

    My favorite cook is my grandma! She is Japanese and can cook any and everything! I especially love her yakisoba, udon, sushi, tempura, fried rice, eggrolls, and kimchee! YUMMO! I MISS YOU GRANDMA! (sigh) :((

  73. It would definitely be my grandma. Whenever I want classic recipes for things I liked growing up I get them from her.

  74. stephen radford says:

    favorite cook is my grandmother. I always loved going to see her on holidays and her making a big dinner

  75. Elaine Bell says:

    My favorite cook is my mom. She’ll be 83 in September. She taught me how to cook, bake, can and freeze and almost everything else I know about being a homemaker. Thanks Mom! And thanks for the giveaway.

  76. My favorite cook growing up and still today was/is my grandmother. It seemed she could put just about anything together to create a meal, homemade from scratch. I loved watching her, and today love learning from her!

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