This category in my stories should have been something I started years ago. I speak to my mother many times during the week and we often talk about food, what we are cooking for dinner, something we made over the weekend. The usual banter. There are many times I think what a great idea or she says something to me that makes me realize how resourceful she is. I learned to cook from my mom and also adopted her lack of precision, recipe abandonment, freedom to experiment. She was also brought up during World War II and has learned not to waste especially food and appreciate all varieties of ingredients. During this COVID crisis, I see my daughters cooking a lot more than they might have before the pandemic. I also see a bit of free-styling coming to the surface...using a recipe for guidance but calling me for my take on it.