I have spent the last two days in my home office. You know those days that you’re so into a project that you forget you’re in your pajamas until 3 pm?
I was in my zone.
I ran across a folder my mom, who we lost in June, had kept of all the cooking classes she attended in my home and other places I taught. She had them collected in a special folder that was clearly labeled with one of my original business cards taped to the front. “Jo Cessna, Natural Cook” the card read.
It really touched me that she had gathered and kept my recipes with such care. I smiled and was a bit sad as I looked through the folder. Inside, among all of the printed recipes, I found a piece of paper that she had written “Some recipes I like” in her beautiful handwriting. Three simple recipes: tomato soup, salmon loaf, fried apples.
So for lunch today I made the Tomato Soup – in place of the canned tomato soup I used my home canned tomatoes and in place of milk I used coconut milk. I cooked it over low heat as she directed; simple and delicious, perfect for a cold day. My husband got home and was chilled to the bone, so I served him the remainder. Again, perfect yet simple food that satisfied. We enjoyed the soup the soup together celebrating my mom and how my love of cooking keeps her with us.
As I studied the paper and turned it upside down I realized there were 9 angels dancing across the top. Magical.