My chefs-in-law
A family that eats together...
Adele Hamilton, Editor Parent24 (Shawn Benjamin)
Leek and cheese pie, dripping with gooey cheese sauce. That's what my mother-in-law made the first time I met her. It was the first of many delicious meals she thoughtfully put together for me, her only daughter-in-law. 

When she passed away, her treasured recipe book came to live in our kitchen cupboard. Reading it is like a glimpse into her detailed, careful mind: 'Eggs should be at room temperature...'

Her hand-written notes speak of the many years of experience gained cooking for her family of seven hungry kids on a shoestring budget.

When the family gathers, my sisters-in-law treat us to one or more of their mom's recipes. And they're all wonderful cooks. I never have to persuade my teen to come to a big family party - the food alone is enough to attract him.

Unfortunately their cooking skill hasn't rubbed off on me, but with seven in their family, there are enough skilled chefs to make up for one dud in-law.

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Read more about family gatherings in Zayaan Schroeder Mollagee's column: My childhood Eid.

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