This is the lovely Mary-Roe Bentley, my darling Mother-in-law. Her Mother-In-Law was Mildred Maddocks Bentley, the founder of the Good Housekeeping Institute and Editor in Chief of the Good Housekeeping magazine and author of numerous Good Housekeeping Cook Books. Mildred worked at the magazine from 1904 until 1935. So, can you imagine being the daughter in law of someone with that station in life. My mother in law tells me how intimidating it was being a new wife with a mother in law like that looking over her shoulder.
So, now, I am the daughter in law, and I try to do everything I can to make sure Mum is happy, comfortable and full of good food.
When I became engaged to her son, some 22 years ago, she welcomed me into her family by having a ring made for me from her own mother’s diamond. She added my birthstones to the ring and presented it to me as a “welcome to our family” gift.
Mum broke her hip 2 years ago and everyone thinks it was the best thing that ever happened to her. She had been rambling around, alone, in a big house too far away for frequent visits. After she was injured, she moved to a lovely apartment 5 minutes from our home.
Now, she comes to dinner every Sunday and I delight in developing menus and preparing food that she will enjoy. Coming up with these menus is a bit tricky because she and her son (my dear husband, David) don’t like food very much. Me, a passionate foodie, married into a family of disciplined food resisters. Damn the twists of fate!
My goal has been to get Mum and David to look forward to Sunday dinner and savor every bite. I want them to enjoy the meal enough to eat a little more than they had planned. I hope that’s not evil of me. I think my plan is working. So, I created this site to share the menus and recipes I use to enchant my family and other guests that may happen to my table.