Over the last while my mom and I have gotten in to the habit of occasionally sending a meal to one another. We'll just make double of whatever we are making for our own family and share, no fanfare, just our way of showing our love and appreciation. After seeing this pattern developing we started to discuss the idea of doing a cooking day and making a bunch of meals together in one afternoon. We kept putting it off because we were busy but couple of weeks ago my mom and sisters and I finally had our cooking day!
Because my friend and my sister are both living at my parents' house right now we have the unique advantage of having five cooks in three households. So each cook chose a meal and brought the ingredients to my mom's house. We had two meals going at a time and we all pitched in to help with chopping and mixing and doing dishes along the way.
After our afternoon's work we all went home with six meals: BLT Pasta, White Chili with corn meal dumplings, Chicken Pot Pie, Baked Penne, Meat Loaf, and Chicken Lo Mein w/ fried rice. We are all enjoying our tasty meals one at a time! Looking forward to doing another one sometime soon!
Here are a couple of links that were helpful when planning our cooking day: