There is a woman behind the scenes at Smart Cookie whom I don’t believe many of you are aware of: my mother. What does she have to do with Smart Cookie? Quite simply, Mother Cookie is the reason this site exists. She lends her spare time to help and support me in every way, and it’s about time that you guys heard about her. Honestly, it’s hard for me to write anything comparable to the caliber of woman she really is, but I will try my very hardest.
Mother Cookie is my best friend in life. She supports me in everything I do. In fact, I think she has even more faith in me than I do half the time. Nobody supports my dream of becoming a Food Network star quite as devotedly as she does. Every time I tell her that I will make it big someday, she says, “Yes, you will,” with such conviction that it further instills my own confidence. I can see in her eyes that it is not merely a mother humoring her optimistic child’s dream; she truly believes in me. And when I do someday succeed in my dream and become the next Giada de Laurentiis, I will have Mother Cookie to thank.
Besides supporting me every step of the way, Mother Cookie also assists me in more blog-related eendeavors than I could ever ask. Just the other day, we went scouring the countryside to find the proper bowl to photograph my ice cream in. And if you’ve ever wondered who films all the Smart Cookie Videos, well, you have Mother Cookie to thank for that too. The woman is a saint.
You have to have some bit of divinity in you to put up with my kitchen meltdowns. When things go wrong and I lose my marbles, Mother Cookie helps me get things under control. And my god, after all the post-tornado-like messes I’ve caused in the kitchen, you think she would’ve turned me out onto the streets by now, but she hasn’t. Maybe it’s because the food I make is delicious, or maybe she’s just better than I deserve.
When I don’t have time to run to the grocery store to buy ingredients for a recipe, Mother Cookie makes the trip for me. When I’m playing around with different recipe ideas, Mother Cookie lets me bounce them off of her and gives me her opinion. She will always act as my taste-tester, even for something she doesn’t really like. I really don’t know how I could do this all without her.
Ironically enough, Mother Cookie isn’t big on cooking or baking. In fact, she much prefers when I do it. Despite this, I have learned a lot of the basics from her. All the simple things like boiling pasta, cooking veggies, making an Egg in Bread, and frying up a classic grilled cheese, I owe to her.
I want to succeed, to become a famous blogger or Food Network star, not just for myself, but for Mother Cookie. I want her to see that all this support she has given hasn’t been for nothing, that she raised a successful and ambitious daughter who can cook a thing or two. I want my food career to take off, not only to make myself proud, but to make her proud. I swear to God, if I ever become as wildly successful as I hope, the first thing I am going to do is buy that woman a house in the south like she always wanted. She deserves nothing more than to be happy, and I want to be able to do that for her after all she has done for me.
I know this post is a bit out of character in comparison to the others, but I hope you see now why Smart Cookie would crumble without Mother Cookie. If you are a Smart Cookie fan, please give Mother Cookie a quick thank you. Doesn’t have to be anything special. Just realize that she is like the marshmallows holding a Rice Krispie Treat together when it comes to this site.
Thank you, Mother Cookie, and Happy Mother’s Day.
P.S. This Eggplant Parmigiana is my favorite thing Mother Cookie makes. If I had to pick my last meal on Earth, this would be it.