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10 Recipes Inspired by Our Favorite TV Moms

Give new meaning to the term "TV dinner" by eating like June Cleaver, Lorelai Gilmore, Carol Brady and more of television's leading ladies.

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Inspired by: June Cleaver from Leave it to Beaver

Mrs. Cleaver is often portrayed as the “perfect” mother. And in true 1950s fashion, she would always have a hot meal on the table for Ward, Wally and “the Beaver.” We bet this meat loaf and mashed potato recipe was part of her dinner rotation.

Find more recipes inspired by vintage TV shows.

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Inspired by: Lorelai Gilmore from Gilmore Girls

Saying Lorelai (and her daughter, Rory) are obsessed with coffee is a bit of an understatement. The mother-daughter duo also shares a major sweet tooth, so these coffee brownies would definitely be a hit. Hey Luke, put ‘em on the diner menu!
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Inspired by: Carol Brady from The Brady Bunch

Even though Alice did most of the cooking for the Brady clan, Carol still liked to help out. She was in the kitchen helping to prepare the infamous “pork chops and applesauce” as Peter tried on new personalities. Make your own version of the classic dish with this yummy recipe.

These are our best 70s-inspired Brady Bunch dinner recipes.

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Inspired by: Debra Barone from Everybody Loves Raymond

There’s a running joke on the show that the only thing Debra knows how to cook is Lemon Chicken. Now you, too, can create her signature dish. Just make sure to grab a robe if you’re expecting any futon deliveries as you cook.

You’ll also like these recipes inspired by Debra’s mother-in-law and other famous TV grandmas.

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Inspired by: Lucy Ricardo from I Love Lucy

In one of the show’s most iconic episodes, Lucy and Ethel try to prove to their men that a job is easier than housework. But when left at the chocolate factory—with a conveyor belt full of rapidly approaching truffles—the ladies start stuffing them in their mouths and blouses!

Get more tasty recipes inspired by I Love Lucy.

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Inspired by: Gloria Pritchett from Modern Family

It’s no secret that Gloria loves spicy food. And she’s a pro at making it, too. This salsa recipe tastes just as good as her Ramírez family recipe.
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Inspired by: Wilma Flintstone from The Flintstones

Wilma is a good cook, and we imagine she often served her family these turkey…err, dinosaur…legs. Sorry, Dino.
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Inspired by: Caroline Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie

Ma Ingalls always taught her girls to look on the bright side. Even during times of hardship, she found ways to help her family thrive. Just like this vinegar pie, Ma knew how to turn a sour situation into something sweet.

These are our best vintage dessert recipes.

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Inspired by: Linda Belcher from Bob’s Burgers

Linda is passionate about a lot of things—but she especially loves a good Dutch baby. Make your own puffed pancake with this simple recipe.
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Inspired by: Tami Taylor from Friday Night Lights

Tami is just as much of a pillar in her Texas community as her husband, the football coach. She gives great advice and works hard to be the best version of herself. We bet Tami would love to snack on these tailgate pies as she’s cheering for the home team.

Katie Bandurski
As Senior Shopping Editor, Katie connects Taste of Home readers with the best gifts, deals and home products on the market. An avid foodie and a holiday enthusiast, Katie is an expert at cultivating meaningful moments. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and watching Christmas movies.