May 12, 2014

Day 14/20: My mom in the kitchen.

If you’ve so much as glanced at any form of social media today, you know it is Mother’s Day.

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In case you are wondering, I did call my mom. I did not, however, send flowers, a gift, a greeting card, or an edible arrangement. I suck.

But in honor of my mother, let me tell you a little bit about her kitchen savvy, or lack there of, and how she has evolved into a dairy-free gal just like her one and only child.

Growing up, my father did the cooking and we gathered around the table for family dinner (party-o-three) most nights in a semi-formal fashion (our dining room chairs had wheels, not so chic). My mom set the table, poured the drinks, and set out the vitamins.  My dad slaved away over pots and pans and I discussed the dichotomy of good and evil on AOL Chat. Once dinner was served, we sat together, ate, and then I politely asked “may I be excused?” 😉 Then I would quickly sign back into my AOL Chatroom or watch Dawson’s Creek (Team Pacey). My mom got stuck with the dishes. That was how it worked — whoever cooked, didn’t clean — the golden rule.

As you can see, my mom cleaned a lot of dishes since she never really cooked.  She’d heat up some canned veggies once in awhile and attempted to cook on the rare occasion that my dad was traveling for work (note: he might have traveled for work twice my entire life). Despite her culinary disinclination, I do have one distinct memory of my mother cooking. She tried to make a pot roast! She had to call her mother several times throughout the process. It was like watching a Real Housewife (not Yolanda, of course) try to prepare a Julia Child 7-coarse meal. I can’t remember if her dish was edible or not, but I am a vegetarian….

Nowadays, my mom is dairy-free. Like daughter, like mother. I somehow convinced her that giving up all dairy products would be a panacea for all of life’s ailments and would grant her eternal life. She’s an almond-milk, no cheese or butter gal, just like me. I love my mom for so many reasons, but knowing that she will have almond-milk and dairy-free food in the fridge when I visit is pretty awesome.

Happy Mother’s Day,
Carly

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