In Memory of Martha's Mother (1914-2007): Recipes from Mrs. Kostyra 396 Fave it MORE Email Martha learned countless cherished family recipes from her mother, "Big Martha." Here are a few tried-and-true favorites.SoupsAsparagus SoupBorschtPolish Mushroom SoupSidesCanning TomatoesCabbage PierogiCreamed SpinachPotato PierogiStollen Wreath BreadStuffed CabbageStuffed Peppers Main CoursesBeef Roll-UpsGrandma's Mac and CheeseKielbasaMeatloaf 101Mincemeat PieRoast Loin of PorkDessertsChruscikiDate SquaresIcebox CookiesBasic ShortbreadMeringue Topped Rice PuddingPecan PieStrawberry Banana SherbetStreusel ToppingCakesAngel Food CakeCountry CheesecakeHomemade Blueberry BuckleLady Baltimore CakeLardy CakeLemon Meringue CakePerfect White CakeSpice Cake Tags Dessert pies and tarts Fruit pies Meringue pies Comments (176) Add a Comment jekorb 2 Oct, 2011 Guess I'll have to print out all these---no "Big Martha" cookbook out yet, but I keep hoping. My mother died 2 months after Mrs. Kostyra and I miss both ladies so much. I'm glad to have these recipes, at least! Please, "Little Martha"----a Kostyra cookbook!!! mommacalsetta 18 Sep, 2008 Please let Martha know that we may be related. The surname Kostura/Kostyra in Martha's family case is my mother's family's name from Northern Alberta Canada. We are Ukrainian and may share similar relatives in common. Some of my family (Kostura/Eluik) have done genaology research. Can we talk? My grandma was NOT Grandma Kostura. She was Baba Kostura. Baba is Ukrainian for grandmother.. Martha, please get in touch with me. Thank you so much! - Cheri Calsetta nutterbutter 13 Jul, 2008 Dear Martha, I was wondering if you have any suggestions how to preserve recipe cards. My Grandma passed away many years ago, but I am blessed to have her recipe box filled with her favorites (about 150 of them) written in her own hand. I remember making many of the recipes with her in her small kitchen. The memories are so precious. The recipe cards are now yellowed and the ink is beginning to fade...how do I preserve these to pass them on to my own children? Help! jenniferabney 19 Jun, 2008 Dear Martha, Thank you for sharing such private thoughts about your mother. It makes me truly appreciate how special my mom is. She sounds very similar to your mother, and I feel blessed to have her in my life. Your loss truly touches my heart, and I hope I will be able to show my mom all the generosities that you showed yours. jenniferabney 19 Jun, 2008 Dear Martha, Thank you for sharing such private thoughts about your mother. It makes me truly appreciate how special my mom is. She sounds very similar to your mother, and I feel blessed to have her in my life. Your loss truly touches my heart, and I hope I will be able to show my mom all the generosities that you showed yours. renomom 9 May, 2008 Martha, seeing this special section with your Mom;s recipes, makes me think of my Mom who died in 2006 at 94. Somehow, I can never quite get the same taste and feeling when I try to duplicate her recipes. I watched her make things for so many years and was sure I could duplicate them, but it doesn't work. I think they need her special touch to make them just right! Thinking of her and you as you celebrate and remeber your Mom on this Mother's Day. Cindy21 8 May, 2008 Martha, It was very difficult for me the first Mother's day when my grandmother passed (she raised me.) We were very close and she lived with me for the last 10 years of her life. I stayed home and that's when I learned to love baking with the kids running around the kitchen and Gram in her wheel chair. I will always remember how you and your mom cookied/baked together. I'll be thinking of you LittleRed59 8 May, 2008 Dear Martha~ I know how much you miss your mother. I still miss my mother and she passed away 12 years ago. I learned so much from my mother, especially in the area of household skills, as you learned from yours. I always enjoyed your mother's visits on your show. She was a remarkable woman. Karen pinkfog 8 May, 2008 Dear Martha, Thank you for sharing your mother's recipes. They are a treasure! Happy Mother's Day to you and know that my family misses your mom. Mary Ann Kymberly 8 May, 2008 Dear Martha, This the first Mother's Day with out My Mother. She passed away on the 12 of Jan.2008. I missher very much as I am sure you miss your Mother. Happy Mother's Day Martha. I wish you the very best. Bonnie passionforitaly 8 May, 2008 We were all blessed to share Martha's Mom, Big Martha. She was/still is a very Special Lady and is greatly missed by people she never met. Happy Mother's Day, Big Martha....Happy Mother's Day Martha. This will be your first Mother's Day without your Mom and you will be sadden, but know that she is smiling down on you and your siblings and family members. jbright5 8 May, 2008 I think Martha should publish a cookbook with nothing but her mother's recipes! I always loved watching the show's when she was on! I would buy it for sure! I bet it would take a few books to do all of her recipes! Big Martha is very sadly missed in our house! We watch the show every day, no matter what we are doing, we stop at 11am for Martha's show! Jen memawlee 5 May, 2008 I think your mom was great, I think it would be a loving tribute to her to write a recipe book of her recipes. I have a few of them from when she was on your show and my family has loved them. I tell them I got them from Marthas mom. best to you Leona Aguado MeLucero 23 Jan, 2008 I wish you'd list the macaroni dish that you made with your mom that included the tomato soup. But I can't seem to find that recipe listed anymore. That, along with the macaroni and cheese with gruyere are our family's favorite dishes! I'm expected to bring them at gatherings. petmom 4 Jan, 2008 Hi, Martha, this morning your show was a repeat but you were doing chocolatre icing and talking about your Mom's meatloaf. My husband loves it so I will use it. Thank you for a wonderful show. You brighten my mornings. Terry Roberts, Baltimore, MD joycely 27 Dec, 2007 Hi Martha: I always loved when you had your "mom" on to cook with you. Mothers are very special and my mom died at the tender age of 93 in 2005 so it is very difficult. I always say my mother never died because each holiday and other days when the grandchildren and children gather the stories are incredible... Joyce Torrice Cranston, Rhode Island Pottershed 23 Dec, 2007 Dear MSL ~ I think you should do a recipe book with your Mom's recipes, photos and tidbits. I have a homemade version of my Mom's and to me its gold. Thanks for sharing her with us. May her memories keep you warm. V NSoudersRN 23 Dec, 2007 Dear Martha - I am so sorry to learn of your Mom's passing. And what makes this so sad is I have been thinking of her, wondering if she ever made nutroll (potica) over the holidays. I couldn't find a recipe on your site. My mom always made it over the holidays, and I made it this year. It was delicious, and brought back so many memories. My mom would have been 94. Keeping these traditions alive keeps our Moms so close in heart. God bless her. I know you will keep her memory alive. debbieheadtravis 19 Dec, 2007 Please show a lot of older shows of your mom. Your older shows were always our favorites. Homey, crafty, your family on them. Great shows. My 11 year old grand daughter, Taylor and I watch your show every day. So very sorry about your mother. jekorb 19 Dec, 2007 We'll miss you so much, Big Martha. You've passed on the most wonderful traditions to your family and I know you are very proud~~~you should be! Have a peaceful Christmas in heaven; I know you'll be right there on each of Martha's shows, whispering in her ear! mmsrjs 19 Dec, 2007 WHAT A GRAND LADY SHE WAS, TO MAKE HER RECIPES IS A TREAT. SHE IS PROBABLY IN HEAVEN BAKING FOR GOD AND HE SEES HER WONDERFUL SMILE AND LAUGH, AS MOST OF US WILL SOME DAY SEE AGAIN. FAREWELL FOR NOW "BIG MARTHA" crfttee64 19 Dec, 2007 I lost my mother 6 years ago and it seems like it just happened today, I am deeply sorry for your loss. I loved the shows that had your mom on them, she reminded me a little of my mom her manerisims and her smile were alot like my moms. I wish that I would have listened more in the kitchen I would have learned alot more from her, I enjoyed to see the relationship you have with your mom. She was a pleasure to watch in the kitchen I pray you find strength and joy in your memories of her. pattimay 19 Dec, 2007 So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I so enjoyed her being on your show, and, while I never liked meatloaf, I just love her recipe for it - it is delicious. I only found out about her passing when you had the meorial program and I was saddened for you and your family, but you were all so fortunate to have such a wonderful mother. malczyk 18 Dec, 2007 Martha, The People We Love Live On In Our Hearts It takes a long time to get used to the loss of someone we love. But it's important to remember that when people die, they leave something very special behind-- They leave us memories of many things they said and did. And as long as we have those memories, the people we love will live on in our hearts and minds forever. Diane Malczyk, Shelby Twp. Michigan RLDL 18 Dec, 2007 share with us a cookbook of your moms accomplishments, she will shirly be missed. or even dvd's would be great to see her expertly cooking for us. i will miss her as if she was in our home. loislane1947 17 Dec, 2007 I enjoyed watching you're show today and seeing you with your dear Mother. You were so lucky to have her with you for so long. She was a great lady and she will be missed. She will continue to be an inspiaqtion to all of us Mothers.Thank you for sharing her with us. Smith-Cost 17 Dec, 2007 I saw every minute of the show today with Mrs. Kostyra with you by her side-- fantastic celebration indeed. Thank you for sharing your Mom with us all these years. The recipes, the comfort will LIVE ON. God Bless You. from Smith-Cost MizMaryMc 17 Dec, 2007 Methinks it is time to publish a "Big Martha" cookbook!! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE!! flower75lady 17 Dec, 2007 Dear Martha, My sincerest sympathies to you and your family on the passing of your mother. I especially enjoyed your shows when she would join you and today's show was so memorable. Quite a tribute to a great lady. My prayers are with you and y our family. Blessings, Phyllis Corkill Diane063 17 Dec, 2007 Martha, I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. She was a gem and what a teacher !! I lost my dad last March and this will be my first Christmas without him. Its very hard and I will be praying for you. Your mother will live on forever in everyones memory. God Bless You.. galaxypeg 17 Dec, 2007 Dear Martha, I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. The show today was wonderful and I was thrilled to hear that your mother's Chrusciki recipe is online. I am Polish but my great aunt was the only female relative that I knew, so very few recipes have survived. I printed all of my favorites from your website and am looking forward to trying them! BTW -- have you ever tried farmer's cheese pierogi? They are my absolute favorite! cjcugliani 15 Dec, 2007 Dear Martha, there are no words that can describe how it feels to lose a parent. I lost my Dad in 1991 and Mom in 2000. Your Mom will surely be missed. She added a special touch whenever you had her on your show. I've loved trying many of her recipes. Memories of all your good times will forever be in hear. CookieMartyn 13 Dec, 2007 Dear Martha, I am so sorry you lost your Mother. I remember spending time with her when I was at your home in Westport as part of a group in 1987. There are four "Martha's" in my family. I am #2. Number one is 89. I grew up on pierogi, stuffed cabbage and kielbasa, too. Your "Big Martha" enjoyed sharing my stories and was so kind to me. I will treasure her memory and her recipes, too. Martha "Cookie" Martyn in Missouri. cyngreeneyes 12 Dec, 2007 My condolences. Losing a parent is difficult regardless the age of the parent or the age of the child. My husband lost his mother a few years ago and I lost mine in '85. Our thoughts are with you. PJE 3 Dec, 2007 I was so sorry to hear about your mother. She will be sadly missed by so many. Her segments on your show were fun, and I got a kick out of the way the two of you interacted with each other. You were always being exactly what you were to one another: a mother and her daughter. I just lost my mother on Nov. 10, 2007. She was 75. It doesn't matter who you are or how famous or not famous you are, it still hurts to lose your mom. I send my sincerest sympathy to your and your family. datt22 1 Dec, 2007 My sincerest condolences. I loved watching the 2 of you cook together. I still make her sauerbraten recipe. I too loved to cook with my mom. She was a cook who never measured as she worked. How lucky your are to have these treasured recipies and videos of your memories. Thank you so much for sharing them with us. SANDYDESERT 29 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha, I always loved the episodes with you and your Mom. The too of you always looked so happy cooking together. As a child, I enjoyed cooking with my mother, Alice. She just celebrated her 89th birthday. My thoughts and prayers go out to you as your sweet mother has passed away. I loved her wonderful recipes and great smile. Sandy from Desert Hot Springs, California hoosierpj 28 Nov, 2007 My daughter and I send your family our sincere condolences. My mother died on November 1, 2007, but her recipes have kept her with us this Thanksgiving. I am sure we will find comfort in carrying on their work. Thank you for sharing your Mom with us so often. PJ and Katie from Homer, Alaska EuropaPirate 25 Nov, 2007 Empathy to you and your family. This month, We lost my father Col. P. B. Samsey. Hold tight the kind memories of your mother and cherish those still in your life today. You are a Hero to me! Mrs Josette M (U.S.A.) anitawa 25 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha, My sincere sympathy on the loss of your mother.My Mom (who is 90)and I bake "Piragi" each year at Christmas and joke that we are emulating you and your Mom.This year we will miss your Mom.She was truly a lovely person.Thank you for sharing her and her recipes.AnitaWa pemmert 24 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha, I am so sorry to hear about your Mother's passing. No doubtedly her spirit will live through you and all the wonderful contributions she made to your cookbooks and shows. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time, Patty from Litchfield Park bluejay52736 24 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha, We are so sorry to hear about your mother's passing. We enjoyed watching the shows she was cooking her favorite recipes. It reminded me of my own mother in the kitchen. My deepest condolences, Ann from Buffalo, NY. Colleen777 24 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha and family,We are so sorry at the loss of your Mom,especially at the holidays..............you and yours are very lucky to have so many fine memories of her.I was always hoping she would put out a cookbook of her reciepes....she was a woderful lady and had a great smile for all.....Our Prayers Colleen and family jackdurh 24 Nov, 2007 Martha, so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. No doubt, she is sharing her pride in you all her favorite dishes in heaven..."It's a good thing!" My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours, always, in all ways. Jackie vmarie 24 Nov, 2007 Martha, I was sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. I have enjoyed watching her on your show since I started watching it. It was funny to hear her referred to as Big Martha. She will be missed and always remembered. watercolorlily 24 Nov, 2007 I share your loss and I have experienced the same.......The umbilical cord is finally cut. My mother told me "only that which gave you joy, can bring tears." What an unbelievable bond you shared.......thank you for sharing her with us.....I felt like she was my mom.........In God's hands, Barbara katdunnc 24 Nov, 2007 I was truly sorry to hear of your loss, I always enjoyed the interaction of you two and the special relationshi;p you shared. I will keep you in my prayers, especially through the holidays. May God bless you and your family. Kat, KCMO mmtlc 24 Nov, 2007 I only heard of Big Martha's passing and am sending a heart full of condolences to all of Big Martha's family. I enjoyed watching her with her daughter Little Martha for many years and understood where Little Martha got much of her abilities from. She was an incredible woman! cbittick 23 Nov, 2007 As my mother, sister and I prepared our Thanksgiving dinner I recalled how it reminded me of your mom on your show. We talked about how much we enjoyed seeing her as your guest and the interaction between mothers and daughters. We are sorry for your loss but are glad that we have memories of her sweet nature and your loving relationship. Bless you and your family. Cherry Bittick, LaGrange, GA Carolfox9943 23 Nov, 2007 Please accept my deepest sympathy regarding the passing of your Mother. I loved watching the two of you on the show. You showed us what a special relationship you had with your Mother. She was a great lady! God bless all..., from Carol, Streamwood, IL mary0050 23 Nov, 2007 I'm sorry for the loss of your mother. You and your family are in my prayers. Thank you for sharing your time with us and we will always remember the both of you together. The memories are priceless and we will always remember them. God Bless you, Mary- Pt Arthur Texas slpavlock 23 Nov, 2007 i am so sorry to her of your Mom's passing. She was your best guest! We all loved your interactions. You are so lucky to have had her for so long. She will still be with you, for you mentioned her so ofter. My prayers are with your family. slpavlock marthainlondon 23 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha, my thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Martha (in London) cindy05 23 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha, I'm sorry about the loss of your mother. You and your family will be in my prayers. Best of wishes to all of you. petitfour 23 Nov, 2007 Hi Martha, i am so sorry to hear that your mother has passed away. My deepest condolences to you and your family. clwanich 22 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha, I am so sorry for your loss. A mother is irreplaceable but you will always have wonderful memories to cherish. You and your family are in my prayers. Joanne1 22 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha, I am sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. My condolences and sympathy to you and your family. tercanti 22 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha, I know whath is to loss a mother, I will miss her in your show. Thank you for sharin her. I'll have a candle for her in my altar. Theresa. rdhkayda 22 Nov, 2007 To you and your family, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I have always enjoyed watching you and your mom together in the kitchen. I know you will have many recipes and memories of your mom. God bless you and your family. Rob Haden dmg 22 Nov, 2007 Martha, many thoughts to you and your family today as you celebrate Thanksgiving without you mother. It was always a delight to watch you and her interact on your show and the obvious bond between you. Thanks for sharing her with us over the years!! thsskadow 22 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha and Family, Our family sends you deepest condolence ,on the loss of your Mother, She was always such a joy , when she visited your show. Big Martha was a great teacher. Cooking her family favorite family dishes , scraping the bowl , ironing in a proper manner, but most of all her cheerful attitude and beautiful smile. She will be on our list, this Thanksgiving day , of thing we are thankful for. Deepest Sympathy, The Skadown n n n n n s of IL, IA , CO and VA. daniellag 22 Nov, 2007 My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I so much enjoyed watching you and your mother in the kitchen. The interaction between the two of you was absolutely wonderful to watch, the both of you were so open and loving and made the recipes even better to make. God Bless you and your family. Thank you for sharing your mother and her recipes with us.. Jenelle628 22 Nov, 2007 Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear mother. I always enjoyed seeing her on your show, and loved to watch the interactions between you and her. It was so obvious how much love you had for each other. Speaking as one who has lost her mother, I understand what you must be feeling now. God bless you and your family with peace and comfort in your time of sorrow. kathiemae 22 Nov, 2007 I want to express my condolences to you, Martha, and your family. YHour mother reminded me very much of my grandmother, a kind and gentle soul. Her smile and her giggle and that ever-present twinkle in her eye will be sorely missed by many. What a legacy she has left the world. rustystarannie 22 Nov, 2007 I was so very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. No matter how old, losing a mother is always such a loss of a piece of one's heart. I am so very happy that we got to know your mom through your shows. You and she were wonderful together. CherylBug 22 Nov, 2007 I was so sad to see while visiting your website this Thanksgiving morning that your mother will not be here to share this special day with you. I can just imagine how many fond memories you must have with your mother, cooking with her, on this day. My condolences. I'm so sorry for your loss. And a big thank you, to your mother, for you being the woman you are today. She was a great lady and was always great to see her on your show. Cheryl Schmidt, Shelby, NC Sserpxe 22 Nov, 2007 Martha The ones we love the most are not gone but walk beside us every single day. We sincerely extend our condolences on such a great loss. You are a winner.You will overcome. God Bless you The Lacau family aplackids 21 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha, Your mother made you who you are today. Cherish the memories of her always and she will be there . My heart goes out to you at this sad time. Marhta shes up there watching you cook your Thanksgiving Dinner. She will be missed by all of us that enjoyed her on your show. aplackids JeanAlicia 21 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. It was such a pleasure to watch her on the show. May God comfort you and your family during this time. JCBLUE 21 Nov, 2007 I am so touched by your Tribute to your Mother. She reminds me so much of my Grandma(Ma) Harriet Catherine, she didn't like Harriet either so she went by Catherine.She was born 12/28, 1913 and peacefully passed on Thanksgving Day 2006 with our Family all gathered after she made a Glorious meal! Thank you for sharing your precious memories and God Bless you and your Family this Holiday Season. bbbbmer 21 Nov, 2007 Your shows with your mother were especially endearing to me, for I was close to my mother as well until her passing. Isn't it great to have had such a mentor in life! My heart goes out to you.... SerafinaV 21 Nov, 2007 Martha, I always enjoyed the shows you did with your mother. Thank you for sharing her with us! We will miss her. ~Serafina, Los Padres National Forest, CA ChezH 21 Nov, 2007 Martha, I cry with you on your loss. My Grandmother died back in May this year at the age of 98. Just like your Mum, she always had a kind word, loving smile, and eyes that told you whats in the soul. I learnt alot from her and I also learnt from you Mum as well. Their generation can never be replaced, a lesson we all should learn from. What wonderful memories you have to pass on from generation to generation about her. Cherie, Sydney, Australia karenkaplansky 21 Nov, 2007 How many wonderful things our mothers pass on to us! I will always cherish the memory of your mom baking with you in in your kitchen, and how she used to scrape out every last bit of batter from the bowl. So, that is what she has passed along to me, in this small way. I now scrape out every last bit of batter, and always think of her. My sincerest sympathy to you and your family, from Karen Kaplansky in Atlanta, GA pretty_woman_1 21 Nov, 2007 Dear Marth,I was shocked to read about your loss . I remember her pretty smiling face , a smile that tells what a kind hearted woman she is . My condolences to you and your family . Monira (Saudi Arabia ) yuricagarza 21 Nov, 2007 Martha, so sorry for you loss, you and your family are in my prayers.... ConniePettit 21 Nov, 2007 Martha and family, Im so sorry for the loss of your mother. She was a fine lady and loved seeing you cook with her on your show. She will be missed. May God Bless you and your family during this time. A loyal fan Connie Pettit mariposita 21 Nov, 2007 Martha I am really sorry your mother passed. Mommy's, I think, are the best people ever and to loose one, well it just (laugh at my expression if you will) sucks. Im glad i got to see your presentation though. It was really nice to finally see a little of the woman that brought you to the world. I know that what i say probably won't make a difference in the world, but just in case it does. cakelady1957 21 Nov, 2007 Martha and family, I was shocked at the news of Big Martha's passing. She was like a steamroller in everything she did, nothing seemed to slow her down. You will be in my prayers that the memories you have will comfort you. Thank you for the Martha Show that brings me so many ideas! beebo 21 Nov, 2007 Martha and Family: My thoughts and prayers are with you on the passing of your Family Matriarc! I lost my mother two years ago when she was 93. It was such fun watching you and your Mother on your programs! You had a very special bond, and it showed!!! I know she will be greatly missed by many, many people! What a great legacy she has left for all of you to continue! God be with you! debann 21 Nov, 2007 I was so sorry to hear the news about your sweet Mom. She was always so much fun to watch on your show. I have made her meatloaf 101 recipe many times, it's our family's favortie. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. She will be greatly missed. pvkap 21 Nov, 2007 My heart thoughts and prayers are with you Campi 21 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha, I was so sad to hear about the loss of your Mother. I loved watching you and her on so many shows. She was a delight and I loved to see her chuckle while working with you. She will be missed by this fan. Prayer's of comfort and thanks are going your way for sharing her with us. Please accept my sincere sympathy to you and yours...Dee REE 21 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha-Hearing the news of your Mothers passing was very sad indeed. ..it brought back wonderful memories of my own Mom ..Thank you for sharing your Mom's wonderful recipes..Family recipes should be shared and cherished ..Thank you...our prayers are with you and your family druing this painful time...Ree LittleRed59 20 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha~ I always so enjoyed seeing your mother on your show. She was a remarkably talented woman. Like you, I learned many homemaking skills from my mother. Our mothers will always be in our hearts. My prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time of loss. shellboo 20 Nov, 2007 Oh Martha- I feel the pain you have, I lost my mother in Sept. I miss her so much. I always enjoyed watching the 2 of you cook. What a great pair you made. You are truly blessed that you mother and you had the expierences you did. Shellboo Elsielcd 20 Nov, 2007 I'm so sorry about your mother. I saw her on your show with her sister and thought she was in such great shape that she would live forever. I wish you would do a show that is just clips of your mother's appearances. Elsie Becker martha4444 20 Nov, 2007 I'm so sorry to her about your mother's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Seeing you and your mom on tv always brings back memories of my childhood with my mother. Now my 5 year old daughter and I are making our memories while we cook and bake. May god's blessings be with you and your family. Respectful Martha C. TX gizmo64 20 Nov, 2007 Sorry for your loss. One thing we can learn from our parents is to live and enjoy everyday as its our last. Life is too short no matter how long we live. I know you will miss your mom dearly and you also have many fond memories of her Thank you for sharing her recipes. Liz/sa,tx SuzyQ51 20 Nov, 2007 I'm so sorry to hear about your mom's passing. Seeing these recipes has brought back so many memories of my childhood and my mom. Now I'll be able to recreate some of her recipes through your mom's. Thank you so much for sharing them with us. Take care jodavis 20 Nov, 2007 Sorry to hear of your loss. My grandmother was also polish. She too settled in upstate New York. How I loved her stuffed cabbage and chrusciki. I have tried for twenty some years to find the cookie recipe in English. Thank you so very much for posting these recipes. And just in time for Christmas! Now when I make them I will not only think of my Grandmother, but also of your mother. Again, may you find the comfort and strength in her memories as you did in her presence. Jo Davis, Mt. Shasta, Ca jodavis 20 Nov, 2007 Sorry to hear of your loss. My grandmother was also polish. She too settled in upstate New York. How I loved her stuffed cabbage and chrusciki. I have tried for twenty some years to find the cookie recipe in English. Thank you so very much for posting these recipes. And just in time for Christmas! Now when I make them I will not only think of my Grandmother, but also of your mother. Again, may you find the comfort and strength in her memories as you did in her presence. Jo Davis, Mt. Shasta, Ca kwconchette 20 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha, I was sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. The tribute was beautiful. You are blessed to be able to have had so many cherished memories recorded with her and the family. I am sure your family will greatly appreciate the video. kwconchette vintagesteph 20 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha, I am deeply sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. During her appearances, she seemed thrilled to work with you to inspire all of us. Thank you for sharing your charming mother with us. I hope that the wonderful memories of your mother will take you through the difficult times. My prayers are with you and your family. Namaste. Stephanie Zinasp 20 Nov, 2007 Dearest Martha, It is sad to lose someone so precious, but memories will last forever for the wonderful mother who taught, nurtured and inspired you through the years. My prayers are with you and your family and memory eternal for Martha Kostyra. Zina P., South Carolina sd1 20 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha, Although I have never met you personally, media affords the world a small glimpse into special aspects of your life. I often admired the patience, respect, and care with which you interacted with your Mother. One can only presume she embodied excellence and that excellence is preserved in each one of you. Our hearts are with you. ilovemykittys 20 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha, I am sorry to hear of your moms passing! She was a good teacher, as you are too. You learned from the best! I lost my grandma the same day, she was 97. I hope to even get in my 70's. Big Martha is with your dad now as my grandma and grandpa. Though hard, its the cycle of life. I hope you will be a grandma soon. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Linda W. In Baker, Oregon kobmom 20 Nov, 2007 Dear Matha, This was such a shock to me. You just had your mom and Aunt on tv. What a wonderful lady. If I was ever lucky enough to meet her I would have thanked her for giving you to us. My prayers are with you and your family through this season. I will miss seeing her. God Bless you all busyfingers4u2 20 Nov, 2007 Martha, so sorry to hear of the passing of your MOM, truly a Great inspiration to all viewers especially me. I love that special relationship you both had. She was loved and will be missed as was my 83 year old Mother who went to be with our Lord, just 8 years ago. I will always remember your Mom appearing on your shows with her graciousness and infectious laugh. My thoughts and Prayers are with You and Your Family during this time of loss to your family and all viewers. God Bless, busyfinger4u writer233 20 Nov, 2007 I'm so glad that we all had a chance to meet your mother and see the love between you via our tv screens. We'll all really miss her. By the way, thank Martha forsharing her with us. Maybe on certain occasions you can play a flashback tape of her cooking with you. May God comfort you kelly004 20 Nov, 2007 I was touched by the beautiful video segments of your mother. I have been inspired to keep up a family tradition of making pierogi for our Christmas eve dinner. I was planning on ordering the pierogi this year, but seeing your mother, I decided that it is important for my children to keep the tradition going. We are excited to try your mother's recipe. Thank you for sharing your memories with all of us. Crystal-Creates 20 Nov, 2007 Martha, my heart sank upon hearing the news. I enjoyed seeing her on your show. You two are the epitome of what mother and daughter should be. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. kdy12570 20 Nov, 2007 My sincere condolences on the passing of your mother. I always enjoyed when you had her on the show, and could tell the great relationship you had with each other. The video of clips from her visits to your show brought me to tears and I am thankful you have so many recordings to watch and remember her. God bless you and your family and may she keep watch over you in the coming years. 7melanie 20 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha, I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. I always enjoyed her when she was on your shows. It was a pleasure to watch the two of you together and to see how special your relationship was. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May your many special memories of your mom comfort you now and in the future. Sincerely, Melanie fossilpoint 20 Nov, 2007 We would like to express our love and support to you on the physical loss of your Mom. She will always be near in spirit. You will have many great memory's of her teachings to share with others. Jacki and family - Yukon Territory - Canada suzanasliaslan 20 Nov, 2007 sorry for your loss. you are in our prays suzanasliaslan 20 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha; i am writing to you from istanbul TURKEY. everyday we watch your show dsewing02 20 Nov, 2007 This message is from my mother: Dear Martha Stewart, I wish to send you my deepest sympathies on the death of your mother. I used to love seeing your mother on your show. I lost my mother 14 years ago, so I feel your pain. Please send my sympathies to the rest of your family. She is with the Lord, and watching over you and protecting you. Because she loved you very much. Yours truely, Barbara Sewing Carteret, NJ hokie01 20 Nov, 2007 Martha, I'm so sad to hear the news of you Mom's passing. May God bless and comfort you and your family. amberleighdavis 20 Nov, 2007 My heart broke for you, Martha, when I loaded up your website here and saw the news about your mother's passing. I am so sorry for your loss and pray that God will reveal Himself to you and bring you peace during this difficult time. We will be praying for you and the rest of the family. God bless! Feljesvan 20 Nov, 2007 Martha, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your MOM. She was truly a Great inspiration to you and to all. I love that special relationship you both had and may you find the comfort you need with all the Beautiful Memories you shared. She was the Mom everyone would have Loved to have had. I will always remember her when I make my favorite dish, her "Stuffed Cabbage". My thoughts and Prayers are with You and Your Family during your time of lose. CRL allison521704 20 Nov, 2007 I turned on your show this morning- 11/20/07- and was shocked to hear of your mother's passing. I am very sad by the news. God Bless you and your family. Numbers 6:24-26 shadoedancer 20 Nov, 2007 Martha, Our deepest sympathy go out to you and your family. It's hard when you lose a parent. my parents have been gone many years and i still miss them very much, but you always hold a dear place in your heart forever.My prayers and thoughts are with you . tae time to heal.and remember the love and laughter you shared. i always looked forward to seeing the shows withyour Mom. susan wilhelm Tracy_Estes 20 Nov, 2007 Martha, Our deepest sympathy and heartfelt thoughts go out to you and your family in this time of great sorrow. I pray that god hold you and your family in his gentle, loving hands until you can stand on your own and celebrate her life again. The loss of a parent is a great one. I lost my father 6 yrs ago. My daughter and I used to see all the love and laughter between you two when she would visit your show. She will be missed and loved by everyone. PreciousMoments 20 Nov, 2007 Martha,sorry to hear about the passing of your mother,she sure was a great lady,love your show and loved seeing her on it with you,she made everyone laugh,she will alway's be watching you......Pat....Windsor,ont canada Magie 20 Nov, 2007 My condolences. May she always live on in your memories. Madeleine beentheredonethat 20 Nov, 2007 I was os sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I always enjoyed her, whenever she showed up, on the show. Please accept my condolences. Sincerely, Tom Sventy Sbobbis 20 Nov, 2007 My deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your mother. She was a true family figure who gave you great inspirations to do what you do. It was a pleasure to see her together with you over the numerous years on your television shows past and present. What great memories we can all share she will be missed. Sheryl, Toronto, ON kathyhimenes 20 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha, I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother, I enjoyed her so much over the years, I will miss her smile, her wonderful laugh, and watching how you were with each other. You were very blessed to have your mother for so many years. Big Martha will be in my prayers as well as you and your wonderful family. Hiya 20 Nov, 2007 We sure liked watching you and your mom. Thanks for sharing her with us, and know that we will miss her. chevy 20 Nov, 2007 Martha: I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. I really enjoyed watching the segments of you and your Mom together and hearing your laughter. Her recipes always brought back memories of our Polish family dinners. Her knowledge and humour were such a great gift, one that she passed along to you. Your face would light up when you talked about your Mom and one could see how proud you were of her. She will be greatly missed, but her memory will live on in all our hearts. Shirley pompet 20 Nov, 2007 Martha, I am deeply sorry for your lost and you and your family have my sincere concolences. I am so sorry. Your Mother will be in my prayers and so do you to find the strenght and courage to get trough the lost of a dear Mother and mentor. I am so sorry. Jocelyne pomerleau uffdagirl 20 Nov, 2007 Martha - I wept this morning when I realized you were saying 'was' with your mother's name. What a beautiful lady all around and so much fun to watch you two together. She will be dearly missed by your audience. She reminded me so much of my own mother, 103 yrs Dalleef 20 Nov, 2007 Martha, I would like to offer you my condolences on losing your Mom. I lost my 81 year old Mom in 2006 after a month long illness. Martha, you got me through that tough time. I listened to your show on Sirius and tivoed the show as well. Your energy kept me going, and I continued to celebrate my holidays, no matter how hard it was. I applaud your special relationship with your Mom. My prayes are with you. firstname.lastname@example.org ohiomomma 19 Nov, 2007 Martha, I was so shocked to learn about your Mom's passing. I am so very sorry. She was always such a delight when on your show. I got excited to see what she was going to cook, she knew how to do everything perfect. You were blessed with a Great Mom! She left Great Memories for you to hand onto. My Prayers go out to you and your family. May God give you all strength during this difficult time. We will miss her so much. Connie Waters and Family email@example.com soniahouse 19 Nov, 2007 I think of my Mom everyday for like you and your Mom we had a special closeness. Our mothers are so special and their guidance and advice continue even after their passing. From our mothers to us then to our children. It is a beautiful continuum. I am truly sorry for I know you will miss her. And I am thankful to have known her (as a TV viewer) and to have seen how sweet you two were on your show--laughing and cooking! chela68b 19 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha, my deepest simpathy for the loss of your mother. I admired the relationship you shared and aspire to have the same with my three daughters. I have watched you for many many years - I share your loss as a fan. May your mom watch over you and your family and bring you many many blessings JoyceIB 19 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha, I wanted to express my Deep Sympathy for your loss. Martha Sr. was always a joy to see when she appeared on your TV Show, the love between you spilled from the show into the hearts of the viewers. The two of you have shared many wonderful years of togetherness, what a gift. Our Prayers will be with you and your Family during this time. May God be your Comfort. JoyceIB KatMyKittiesMom 19 Nov, 2007 I am very sorry for your family's loss, Martha. I loved to see you and your mom share both recipes and laughter. I was thinking it would be a nice idea if you gathered your mom's recipes and pictures from throughout her life and published a book on her behalf. Have donations from the proceeds go to her favorite charity. So many people loved her and enjoyed her interact with you on your show. Your family is in my prayers. KatMyKittiesMom Wolfpug 19 Nov, 2007 I am very sorry for your loss, Martha. I have only just started watching your tv show this year FredericKahler 19 Nov, 2007 "ODE TO BIG MARTHA" She was one piece of cake One great big piece of pie With a daughter like no other A twinkle in her eye; What she ( mama18 19 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha, I was so sorry to learn of your loss. You and your mom seemed like such a team that really knew how a kitchen was run. Although I have never meet either of your personally, you've become a part of my life through your TV show and many books. Thank you for sharing your mom with all of us, she had such a beautiful, warm smile and the cutest sense of humor. Cherish all the memories. May God give you the comfort you need today and in the days ahead. justjoy 19 Nov, 2007 Martha, I am sorry to learn of your mother's death and send you my deepest sympathy. I feel like I have lost a special friend and want to thank you for the opportunity you gave me in being able to know and learn from her. I am deeply touched with how gentle, kind, respectful and loving you were with your mother whenever she was on the show and whenever you spoke of her. She is a beautiful example to all of us. Thank you Martha for your example of gracefulness, poise and talent. tazzie102 19 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha my thoughts and prays are with you and your family God blessed you with such aseet and wonderfull mother ajthor33 19 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha, I was so devastated for you when I heard about the passing of your mother. Although we are strangers and will never meet, I hope you know what an impact you, and your mother, have on our lives. I am close with my mom too, and as I continue to cherish her each day, I will do so with gratitude, and with kind thoughts and prayers for you and your family as you face such a difficult loss. Thank you for all you are and all you do, and hang in there! chefcookies 19 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha, I am so saddened to hear about the passing of your mother. She was a wonderful women who was a joy to watch on your Tv show! The two of you cooking together was so fun to watch. One of my most favorate recipes that I made of your mothers was her meat loaf! Its the best meat loaf I have ever tasted!! Take care Martha all my best to you and your family and be well ! Stephanie R. Highland Park IL LouiseLF 19 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha, I am so saddened to hear about the loss of your mother. She has brought many years of experience and great recipes to us all! I always enjoyed watching her along with you and she always brought a wonderful sense of humor! Martha, may you find comfort in your cherished memories. She will be sadly missed. God bless! baseballdragons_com_david 19 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha, Your loss is so sad. You and your mother was wonderful together, and I loved watching you both. God Bless you and yours. Betty Cluck Troy, TX 76579 olivesangel 19 Nov, 2007 I am so sorry for the loss of your mom BIG MARTHA. Your relationship with you mom was enviable. She was amazing, youthful, funny and wry. I loved the way you both laughed together. Your and your siblings should be proud of the way she has always been honored. You are all lucky and so fortunate to have had this wonderful relationship for so long. Your fans feel your pain and we admire you for standing there today and honoring her again with that wonderful compilation. Thank you! Nitzie 19 Nov, 2007 Marth, May God Bless you and your family at this time. I'm so sorry to hear about your Mom. She seemed like a wonderful lady. May you find comfort in all the fine memories you have to cherish. God Bless. abracadeborah777 19 Nov, 2007 Dearest Martha,I,and my entire family would like to offer our deepest condolences on behalf of you dear Mother. I,personally,was devastated,as I have been praying to the Universe for a speedy recovery.We pray for your strenghth and comfort.Deborah Buck and Family. "The tribute to learning is teaching":wise old saying from the Orient..We love you. Nitzie 19 Nov, 2007 Marth, May God Bless you kingsdaughter 19 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha and family, May you rejoice in the best of the memories that 'Big Martha' left with you, and may you experience God's comfort and peace. Jo Anne Matt. 5:4 Yorkie7 19 Nov, 2007 Martha, We will miss Big Martha but her legacy will remain in her loving recipes you both shared with us. Her meatloaf was the best, delicious one I've made, as well as her mac and cheese; the ultimate comfort food! Those shows featuring her were some of my favs since they reminded me of the time I met Mrs. Kostyra and how she reminded me of my Polish grandmother. We had a nice conversation that day. God speed Big Martha, I'll miss you! God Bless you too Martha! kschaffer 19 Nov, 2007 Martha, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. I always loved watching the two of you together, your relationship is something i admire. I am sure she will continue to watch and smile down on you. jeffreed1 19 Nov, 2007 Martha, I have made several of your mom's recipes and I will cherish them as you do. I had a polish grandma who I was VERY close to and your mom always reminded me of her. I'll miss her too. With sympathy, you're in my thoughts. jeffreed1 19 Nov, 2007 Martha, I have made several of your mom's recipes and I will cherish them as you do. I had a polish grandma who I was VERY close to and your mom always reminded me of her. I'll miss her too. With sympathy, you're in my thoughts. imp 19 Nov, 2007 MARTHA, So very sorry to hear of your Mother's passing..........I know she will be missed..... My prayers go out to you and yours........ Yvette tiffanimcelligatt 19 Nov, 2007 What a legacy she has left! A sweet and funny soul she was, I enjoyed watching you both together on the show. She will be missed. It's not a goodbye for ever, it's goodbye for now! Love and prayers, Tiffani-Brighton, MI carolg 19 Nov, 2007 Martha, Sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I enjoyed watching the both of you together on the show. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. lindapreece 19 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha, I am very sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. IWatching the two of you together was so much fun. I'm sure you have many wonderful memories of her. You and your family will be in my prayers. Linda byrumrs 19 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha, my deepest sympathies to you and your family. Your mother was a wonderful role model. Thank yo for sharing her with us. mom2mc 19 Nov, 2007 I have loved watching you and your mother as a child and growing up. I am blessed that my daughter got to see her. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. lindygb 19 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha: My deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your dear mother. She was so much fun to watch, and a true role model for women of all ages. I will miss her intelligence, wisdom and grace. I lost my mother this year also, and remembering the times we shared gives me comfort. bann 19 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha, I am very sorry to hear about your mother it was just the other day when I watched the show when you celebrated her 91 years birthday and I saw how proud you were of her and she of you .I know no words are enough to express my condolences but my heart is with you (an Arabic expression). May she rest in peace and god be with you at this difficult time and always. CraftieAnnie 19 Nov, 2007 Wishing you and your family comfort and peace at this difficult time. Your mom will live on in the memories of everyone who loved her. In n n n n n m sorry for your loss ~ Annie and Adam SaraLee 19 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha and family, My husband and I are so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. When she was on your show people could see how proud she was of her daughter. As time goes by your fond memories will be held dear in your heart. I still miss my mother but cherish those wonderful times we shared in her kitchen. Dan and Cheryl marrianne1958 19 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha, Alexis and family, My heart goes out to you at this sad time. I also believe that "Big Martha's" life should be celebrated because of the love she has shared with people all over the world. Little Martha you should be congratulated on the respect and love you showed for your Mother on all your shows, you are truly a great daughter and Big Mother was a special mother ti you. God bless Love Marrianne Fretwell from Australia Pearlie 19 Nov, 2007 Oh Martha! Your dear Mother was such a doll!! What a blessing to have had her with you for as long as she lived. I believe that she still lives... in spirit. I know with all my heart... you WILL see her again. God bless you and yours. :) trudyh 19 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha, So sorry to hear of the loss of your Moher. The times that the two of you were together on your show were some of my favorite programs. May memories of happy times spent with her bring you peace. Trudy carolynwebb 19 Nov, 2007 Your Mother was a dear lady. I enjoyed her down to earth ways. I will pray for your family. Carolyn Webb in Corvallis Oregon slisle 18 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha, I am sorry for your loss. Your mother was a delight to watch with you! We will miss her. My family and friends will be praying for peace in your heart, especially during this holiday season. You are loved! Shelley in TX gyspylin 18 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha, I am truly sorry about the loss of your mother. I felt as if I knew her personally although I have never met her. Thank you for sharing your mother with all of us. You are a good daughter. My prayers are with you and your family. God bless. FLUFFY 18 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha, So very sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She was a great lady and i enjoyed watching her when she was on the show with you. She enjoyed a full life and was very proud of you i could tell. God bless you and your family . My prayers are with you flufftuf kapierce 18 Nov, 2007 Thank You! for sharing your mom with us! salliep 18 Nov, 2007 Dear Martha, I was so very sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. My favorite episodes were the ones shot with you and your mom at Turkey Hill. I truly believe with all my heart she is now with your always. Just look in to your heart when you need the advice and love that only a mother can give. That's when I do when only a mother will do..... With Deepest Sympathy, Sallie Phelan carmenfreitas 18 Nov, 2007 Hello Martha, I am very sorry to hear about your mom. She lived a wonderful, long, life. And she sounds like the mom most girls would love to have. She made you who you are today, a very respected and knowledgeable person who has shared so much with the world. God bless you and your family. Carmen Freitas Jsvsew 18 Nov, 2007 So sorry to hear of your mother's passing - it is always hard to loose a parent, especially your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I know the fond loving memories will help you through this hard time. barbararose 18 Nov, 2007 My favorite episodes were the ones at Turkey Hill with your mother. She will be missed! barbararose chefcookies 18 Nov, 2007 Martha, My thoughts are with you and your entire family during this difficult time. Stay positive and remember the good times and the good things about your mother! Linda_K 18 Nov, 2007 I was sorry to hear that your Mother passed away. I always enjoyed seeing her segments on your show. lil 17 Nov, 2007 My condolences on the passing of your mother. To honor all things she loved and held dear I salute her with the festive Jewish toast. To Life, L'Chayim! Ruthanne Rozenek Los Angeles, CA YMom 17 Nov, 2007 I am so sorry to hear about your mother. She was a marvelous woman,a good cook and a great influence on you. I have followed you for years and I feel as if I know you and your mother. My seepest sympathy to you and your family. carlahaight 17 Nov, 2007 I am so sorry that Big Martha has passed away. My mom was born in 1915 and she's been gone since 1990 - I was only 37. I miss her every day. You are so fortunate that you have been so close to your mom and have had her near you for so many years and in good health. You'll have many good memories. I'm so sorry for your loss. craftdivi 17 Nov, 2007 I just loved watching Big Martha on tv. I am so fond of her and her cooking expertise. Iwill miss her deeply. strawberrygal2007 17 Nov, 2007 has she passed? If so, when?