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Cooking Our Way Through Quarantine

(by Mary Kate Magee)

On Career Day in second grade, we were asked to pick our dream job and role model. I wanted to be a movie star, and my role model was the most glamorous woman I knew: my mom.

She is nothing short of fabulous. When my two sisters and I were growing up, we often played dress-up with her old prom gowns and bridesmaid dresses, with costume jewelry and the whole bit. I loved flipping through her magazines that arrived in the mail, looking at the beautiful fashion photos. Mom taught us that she was a goddess and we were her goddesses in training—strong women worthy of love and respect. She was a big proponent of Girls Nights, when she would put our hair in curlers, paint our nails, and apply face masks. Pampering was very important because it makes you feel good from the inside out, and she always says you are only as beautiful on the outside as you are on the inside. She also believes that being a child at heart keeps you young and happy, and that cleaning day