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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Good morning, foodie friends.

Last week, my husband asked our son (in that sly way that husband’s often do when they are fishing for a little help without asking for help) what they should get mommy for Mother’s Day.

Our 3-year-old stopped his coloring at the kitchen table, then promptly replied, “Some kind of cooking thing,” and returned to his Avengers coloring book. I smiled, elbow deep in dirty dishwater, and tried to hide my disappointment that our sweet boy only thought of his mother as a cook.

But then, he looked up again and said, “Or maybe a new brown blanket; hers is really old. And a book, because Mommy likes to read when I’m at rest time.” Aha! A more complete version of how mommy appears: A woman with an affinity for cozy blankets and good books.

But really, there wasn’t anything wrong with his first suggestion. We were, after all, sitting around the kitchen, like we do every night while I make dinner. We talk about our day; the highs — “It was sunny outside and James sat next to me at morning circle!” and the lows — “daddy said a bad word!” My son sees me reading from cookbooks and goes grocery shopping with me. Heck, he even knows food is part of my job. (“Don’t eat that one, daddy, it’s for the newspaper.”)

Food — and good food, at that — is important to our family. So, “some kind of cooking thing,” was actually very thoughtful. But, if my husband is reading this, diamonds are also very thoughtful … I kid, I kid!

If you’re looking to make mom something thoughtful on Sunday, try our super-easy and super-delicious recipe for pavlova. (I’m not joking about how perfect this dessert is — I ate two giant slices once the photo shoot wrapped.) Or, maybe take over dinner with this spring-inspired recipe for pasta with spring peas.

Happy Mother's Day!
Lindsey Hollenbaugh
Managing editor of Features

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