As we countdown to Mother's Day, I asked our editors and staff to reflect on the best kitchen wisdom they ever received from their moms. The stories are quiet touching and often hilarious. I gathered a few of the best here. In the comments, tell us the most valuable kitchen wisdom your mom ever shared with you.

"If you eat your cake batter, you won't have enough for the pan." — Cheryl Slocum, Senior Food Editor

"Invest in great equipment. I still use one of the Dansk pots she got in college, and she's used the same Le Creuset Dutch oven every day for years." — Hannah Klinger, Associate Food Editor

"Such a funny nitpicky little thing, but I love it. For safety, you should always make sure the handle of your skillet is turned to the side, so it's not sticking out where you can bump it as you're moving about the kitchen. Whenever I see someone doing this (cooking with the handle poking out), it drives me absolutely insane." — Ann Taylor Pittman, Executive Food Editor

"Don't touch the stove." — Matthew Moore, Cooking Light Diet Community Manager

"You have to TEACH kids how to cook. Yes, they might pick up certain tricks just by being there and participating, but you have to explain to them what is going on and why you do certain things. Even as simple a thing as what boiling water looks like is something we adults take for granted." — Sheri Wilson, Managing Editor

"'Have fun.' When I was growing up, my mom always injected fun into dinner. She taught my brother, sister, and me to roll our own egg rolls. And her master recipe was waffles for dinner with ham and cheese. The ham would crisp up in the waffle iron and the cheddar would go all melty as the batter cooked." — Hunter Lewis, Editor

"My mom’s Filipino so I’ve always been told I can make anything taste good by starting with a basic gisa - onions, garlic and tomatoes sautéed in oil (or, even better, in bacon/pork with a little fat)." — Claire Fitz-Patrick, Digital Marketing Director

"Order in." — Karen Cattan, Digital Marketing Art Director

“My mom served a home-cooked meal to a family of 10 (yes, I’m one of 8 children) every. single. night. I don’t know how she did it! One thing she always told me was that presentation is everything. She may not have made everything from scratch (with all the extra time on her hands….), but I never once saw a plastic container or package on the dinner table. For a taco bar, loaded baked potatoes, or build-your-own pizza night, all the toppings were set out in individual bowls. It’s the little details that make a big difference." — Emma Crist, Assistant Editor,

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