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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

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

          1. Her stuffing for Thanksgiving. And, the way she prepared a leg of lamb.

            1. She makes a ginger cookie similiar to chewy gingersnap. I haven't tried to bake them yet, but no one that she has shared the reciped with has been able to duplicate.

              My brother swears that no one but my gma knows how to make mac and cheese. My mom, his wife, and I have all watched my gma make it. And for some reason ours don't cut it.