Many of our memories from childhood center around the family table in the kitchen, and, of course, our mothers who laid before us hearty meals, day in and day out.

Over the course of the years, Mom often served her tried and true menu, but ventured off the conservative path and concocted something "new and different," often to mixed reviews.

Whether she was akin to Julia Child or Peg Bundy, she surely prepared a winner that you cherish and still try to recreate today.

In honor of Mom, we are asking readers to share with us the food legacy she left you, for a special food page set to run Friday, May 11, just in time for Mother's Day. We will choose four winners out of the reader submissions to receive a "Best of Country Potluck Recipes" cookbook.

Did Mom tie and apron around your waist and show you how to make a great batch of chocolate chip cookies? Or did she know how to stretch a dollar and still make the best homemade meals in the neighborhood?

Or perhaps she knew how to make folks feel at home around the kitchen table with her innate sense of hospitality, or delivered a hot, homemade casserole to the door of an ailing neighbor.

Whatever you have to thank your mother for in the realm of food, we’d love to hear about it — whether she’s 40 or 80, or she’s passed on, or you’re still living under her roof.

If your story involves a recipe, please send that as well. Photos are also welcome. Send to Colleen Kottke at with “Mom Food Legacy” as the subject line or mail to: Wisconsin State Farmer, W6119 Lost Arrow Rd., Fond du Lac, WI 54937. Be sure to include your name and daytime or cell phone number, the community you live in, and your mother’s name (and your address in case your submission is chosen for a cookbook).

The deadline for receiving your submission is Tuesday, May 9.

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