AKA The Official BuzzFeed Cookbook. Consider this a delicious gift from the people we love to the people you love.
Food that your family makes usually has a clear home-field advantage: You like it because you love them. But when people in your family make food that's just clearly, objectively delicious — food that you would finish every bite of, even if you hated their guts — that's the optimal scenario. That's when you ask them to write down the recipe so you can keep it forever and whip it out at opportune moments and impress the hell out of everyone you know.
For this collection, BuzzFeed staff members nominated the most delicious signature dishes their moms, dads, grandmothers, and sisters have made over the years. Write these down on index cards (or, you know, bookmark the page) and start spreading the love.
We've made a few small edits and notes for clarity. Moms, please know that all meddling is from the editors, not your children.
Artichoke Dip from Katie J.M. Baker's Mom
Is there a more beautiful phrase in the English language than “golden brown and crusty and bubbly on top”? This is a 10000% guaranteed party crowd pleaser if you don't disclose what's in it. Just say it's an old family recipe from my mom to yours. 😉 —Katie J.M. Baker
Barbara's Artichoke Dip
I use Best Foods [sold as Hellman's on the East Coast] because it's the richest mayonnaise, but you could try using something else.
1 cup Best Foods mayo
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella
2 cups artichoke hearts, well-drained & chopped (press a bit to get the water out)
Mix all together. Put into 1.5-quart casserole dish. Bake 25 minutes at 350 degrees or until golden brown and crusty and bubbly on top. Serve hot with crackers.