1. Apple Pie à la Mode
Cool ice cream and warm pie under the soft murmur of light conversation tastes like the perfect moment every single time.
We always know we’ve done something right the moment the scent of freshly baked delicious starts wafting up to our rooms.
Mom whips up these little pieces of heaven every holiday, or whenever our heart’s too broken to function without ‘em.
They always remind us of the first day of school and bake sales, but these treats disappear around our house as if Ma were also vacuuming while baking.
5. French Toast
Pops gets up bright and early to churn these things out sweet enough to lose a couple teeth in a sitting.
And these are Mom’s specialty at every meal: smooth, buttery, and covered in enough syrup for her to serve ‘em with a spoon and a joke about soup time.
Pops always explains it like this: You’re our little tadpole, so when you came along in our life, Mom and I cut out a place for you in the life we share, then raised you under intense heat. And fed you to a giant.
8. Ants on a Log
Somehow we always forget to make these for ourselves, but these three-inch magic wands always start appearing whenever Mom’s around.
9. Peanut Butter and Jelly
Fundamentally, this is just three ingredients that are sort of OK on their own. But whenever we slap the three together, it always tastes like childhood, rainbows, and happiness.
10. Grilled Cheese
Pops grills these things up whenever our stomach rumbling has outpaced our abilities to quickly whip up a meal. And it’s back to the drawing board if the cheese isn’t gooey enough.
11. Chicken Noodle Soup
Mom’s universal response to whatever might ail you. Wintertime blues? Chicken noodle soup. Intense cold? Chicken noodle soup. Broken heart? Chicken noodle soup. Empty cup? Chicken noodle soup.
12. Fish Sticks
That almost unnatural crunch. A hint of the sea. The inability to resist making a dinner fort. It’s a delicious family tradition you wouldn’t dare share with anyone outside your family.
But a warm bowl of KRAFT Mac & Cheese tastes like home all the time.
Simple, fast, and delicious: the holy trinity of cheesy goodness our parents always know when to dish out.