EXCELLENT topic, meowzart! This is thoughtful.
There were so many, but I’m sure my Mother had the greatest influence. It’s funny, but growing up I never thought she was a great cook (both my grandmothers were excellent cooks, and I guess I compared her to them). However, now that you mention it, I think I’ve almost always referred to the way "my Mother did it".
Cool. I think this thread will generate some great stories.