Obligatory old school photo of mom, Sharon, and me. I don’t care what my future children look like so long as they have Sharon’s legs. 

Please pardon our delay in announcing a winner. Maggy’s been on vacation and I’ve been in FL helping my parents move from their home of 35 years to a retirement facility. Our KitchenAid “Cook for Mom” winner is #167 Angie who says, “Having lost my mother-in-law and own mother in recent years, I will be reflecting on my happy memories of both of them. I will also enjoy basking in the love I will receive from my two girls and husband.” Congratulations!

We aren’t much of a gift-giving family, not at least in the ‘box, wrapping paper and bow’ sense. For us celebrations are about the food and the people and long-winded cards that wax poetic about our love and respect for one another. We used to do presents, but then the company and the menu were so superior (especially when we were old enough to add a splash of wine to the mix) that those earrings, blouses, and calendars just didn’t add that much to the feel of the event anymore. So we long ago decided to put all our effort (and money) into food lovingly prepared, drinks carefully selected, tables beautifully laid, music painstakingly chosen, and the moment we should share together.

On Mother’s Day, more than on any other special day, we do this for our mother because she is so worth it. She has the most generous spirit and giving heart of anyone I know. There is no person better at celebrating you than Pam Anderson. She cheers the loudest, supports the strongest, offers the most, gives the biggest. Not just to us, but to everyone in her life. So on this day, we do for her. And truth be told, she’d be happy with a grilled cheese, a bowl of homemade tomato soup and a cold craft beer, because that’s who she is. Though she is a great lover of memorable food, for her it’s far more about the moment than the dish itself. Her style is unpretentious and all-inclusive and I believe this is the greatest thing I have absorbed from all my years in her presence.

This year, we are excited to be working with KitchenAid on a special Mother’s Day series called, “Cook for Mom.” We know a lot of you will be looking for menu inspiration this week as you plan what to cook for your mom or the mother figure in your life.

Here’s the menu that mom and I created together. Today, we’re sharing the recipe for Cornmeal-Scallion Waffles with Caramel Corn and Maple Syrup and we’ll be posting the rest of the recipes throughout the week!

Raspberry Ice Bellinis

Asparagus Salad “Nests”

Cornmeal-Scallion Waffles with Caramel Corn and Maple Syrup

Strawberry-Rhubarb Galette with Whipped Cream

To help us celebrate, KitchenAid is giving away all three of the following appliances we used to one lucky winner! I think we all know that there’s no better stand mixer out there. Hands down. After using a far inferior blender for years, this is without doubt the Rolls Royce of blenders. And that waffle iron? The best. It lets you make two waffles at once!

KitchenAid Raspberry Ice 5 quart Stand Mixer

KitchenAid ‘Cook for the Cure’ Edition Pink 5-Speed Blender

KitchenAid Pro Line Black Waffle Iron

To enter, just leave a comment telling us what you’re doing for Mother’s Day this year! Giveaway closes on Friday, May 11 at 9PM EST. 

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s out there!