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What is the one thing you cook that no matter how hard you try, it never taste as good as the way that mom used to make it?

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  1. In Canada, there's a Jewish cookbook called Second Helpings, Please, which must be over fifty years old. Been reprinted a dozen or so times and it's virtually guaranteed to be in every single Ashkenazi Jewish Canadian household there is.

    My mother who died from breast cancer in 2000, had a Second Helpings specialty- she made the apple cake, but somehow, she either substituted or added rye whiskey into the mix. Canadian Club, always. She added a lot of it, too- the cake reeked of rye and brown sugar and apples, soaked into the spongy cake. I've tried to make the same damn cake a half-dozen times and can only come close.

    I miss that cake.

      1. stuffed pork chops and scalloped potatoes

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          1. Lace cookies. Hers were wonderful. I have her recipe, but mine don't come close.