by Lisa Lozano
Rachael's gathering all her foodie friends for a "cheap and cheerful" nostalgic potluck that you could recreate with your friends at home! Follow along for their favorite family recipes from their childhood, which will also be available in the April issue of Rach's magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray.
Sunny's vegetarian collard greens keep all the flavor of her grandma's classic Southern greens, but lose the fat.
Tip: Add fresh tomatoes to your greens after they're done cooking to add brightness and a little tang.
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Rachael's mom's curry is inexpensive and comes together quickly, so it makes it a perfect dinner after a busy day. You can even use rotisserie chicken!
Tip: Add smoked almonds to your rice pilaf for extra flavor!
Michael Symon shares his mother's meatball recipe and reveals this sweet memory: every time he smells these meatballs cooking, he thinks of childhood parties, since his mom would always make these before a party.
Tip: Use an ice-cream scoop to make the meatballs a uniform size and to save yourself time in rolling.
Katie Lee shares her family recipes for beef stroganoff -- yum!
Tip: Dredge your onions in flour before cooking for extra flavor.
Michael Schlow's throwback recipe isn't from his childhood, but rather from his early career when he would prepare Bananas Foster tableside.
Tip: For a spin on the classic recipe, Michael adds deliciously salty Marcona almonds as a garnish.
Adam Perry Lang shares his grandma's potato-chip coated fried chicken recipe that brings him back to his childhood (and we want to go back to his childhood with him for this crunchy, perfectly salty fried chicken!)
Tip: Season your ingredients with salt individually to get a good salt level in every layer of the dish.
Rachael's husband John shares this nostalgic gin drink, a spin on a Tom Collins that was one of his dad's favorites.
Tip: Use a fun diagonal striped straw to make your cocktails pop.
What is your favorite recipe from your childhood? Tell us below in the comments.