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May 6, 2012

VIDEO/STORY: Cooking with Mom

With Mother's Day less than a week away, I would like to honor those mothers who are now well into their senior years with perhaps grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Mothers who have cooked abundantly in their lifetime, who have acquired so much wisdom, and if we listen, have valuable advice regarding life, family and cooking.

Many of us have strong memories of our youth that involve food. We have memories of that special dish that Mom made on Thanksgiving, or a spaghetti sauce that has been handed down several generations. Not only are these memories treasured by us, but the recipes from the generations of women and cooks of your past are treasures to keep also.

Recently I was given a cookbook that had been compiled of cherished family recipes of the residents of a Atria Senior Living homes.

The staff and administration wanted to create a book of recipes that honored their residents, who were asked to share a favorite recipe and tell what it meant to them.

This book of recipes includes a collection from the hundreds that were submitted. It was a delight for me to look through it and read some of the stories. I was reminded of just how meaningful these "tried and true" family recipes are, and the valuable lessons we can learn from so many great cooks.

I noticed that there was a recipe included by a woman named Norma Love who resided in a nearby Atria. I wasn't sure where I was going to go with it, but I wanted to meet her and perhaps feature her recipe in my column.

Later, when meeting with the staff and Norma's family I knew right away I wanted to feature her recipe for Mothers' Day and honor her and all our "senior" cooks.

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