Things My Mom Taught Me

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Get the best culinary and entertaining wisdom from our editors' mothers and grandmothers.

My Mom Taught Me...

When hosting large parties, prepare food earlier in the day and add warm sauce at the last minute. This works for some Korean dishes like Tangsuyuk, also known as sweet and sour pork. That way, you don't get stuck in the kitchen. —Christina

My Mom Taught Me...

When you're baking, remember: the smaller the item, the higher the baking temperature. —Cassy V.

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Always pre-set the table the night before when you are having a dinner party - do all the set-up in advance so you aren't rushing around the day of the party. —Maureen

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Use lemon to sanitize your cutting board after each use. —Emily

My Grandma Taught Me...

Be on time for lunch! My cousins and I grew up going to our grandparents' house on the beach. We would run around on the sand and in the water from sun up to sun down, but we always knew that at exactly 12:30 every day, lunch was served at the house. Each day our grandma would roll up every single individual slice of cold cut meat and serve it on a platter with fresh bread and homemade roasted peppers. —Rob

My Mom Taught Me...

Clean up as you cook. Rinse your dishes in hot water -- it will make them dry faster. —Gina

My Mom Taught Me...

Eat your veggies; there are starving kids in the world. Never drink wine out of a box. And, if you drink coffee, it will stunt your growth! —Cassy L.

My Mom Taught Me...

"Drink water!" My mother's answer to any beauty problems (or life issues) is water. If my face is dry she asks how much water I've had. Blemishes not going away? Drink more water! Want my hair to grow? Drink more water! Too tired when shopping? Drink more water! It's like being with a broken record, but she's always annoyingly right. —Sieda

My Grandma Taught Me...

My Nannie is the best cook I know – she's 100% Italian and makes the best chicken cutlets you've ever had. She says it's all about adding cheese to the breadcrumbs. She's also quite the baker – her Italian knot cookies are my favorite thing about Christmastime! —Claudia

My Mom Taught Me...

Don't worry too much about the recipe (unless you're baking), and embrace mistakes! My family's favorite dish of my mom's--her tomatilla soup--came from a recipe she actually messed up and turned into a soup. That said, neither I nor my mom are great bakers. —Dara

My Mom Taught Me...

When hosting, try not to use "help," especially bartenders at parties, so guests feel more at home. It's good if you let guests help or bring something because then they feel even more comfortable or invested. Invest in good vodka and tequila. —Allison

My Mom Taught Me...

There's no better way to enjoy a meal than with the people you love. My mom always said cooking was her therapy, and no matter how long of a day she had at work when I was growing up, she made dinner for our family every night. She's taught me how important that is. (And without it, I might never have developed the palate for foods like scungilli and broccoli rabe at such a young age.) Here she is with her lasagna, eaten at one of many, many, many Sunday dinners with our family. —Lisa

My Mom Taught Me...

Everyone should come to the table with something to offer, and not just the highlight of their day. Good manners are a sign of respect; make sure to learn them. —Erika

My Mom Taught Me...

The trick to making upside down apple pie? Layer the apples before the crust. And the secret ingredient is the cinnamon, sugar, brown sugar combo that you put on the bottom of the pan and all over the apples. —Abby

My Mom Taught Me...

Before you peel carrots or apples, lay newspapers on your countertop to catch the peels. After you're finished peeling, roll the newspapers up and throw them away for easy cleaning! —Stephanie

My Mom Taught Me...

How to make the best chocolate chip cookies ever:

2 1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon baking soda, put aside
2 sticks softened butter
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs

Blend well together, and then add flour mixture. Blend well again and add at least one whole bag of good chocolate chips to it. Bake at 375* for maybe not even 10 minutes. The idea is too have them just light brown so they'll be chewy when they cool, not crunchy. —Sammi

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Remember the warm chocolate chip cookies Mom gave you before bed? Or the chicken soup that made you feel better when you were sick? The secret ingredient to all of these moments has always been Mom.

Moms know how to turn the every day into something extraordinary.

This Mother's Day, we're honoring our own mothers and grandmothers by sharing their favorite tips and photos with you. From the best chocolate chip recipe to a way to make your dishes dry faster, learn all of the helpful things our mothers taught us.

Check out the slideshow above to see their tips! And visit StyleList for our mothers' tips on style and beauty.

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