well, mom didn't actually cook. in fact, in one house she simply took the door off the wall oven and used the nook for a dried flower arrangement.
but she taught me well how to make reservations. she would have been delighted to throw you are pot luck party and she would have known all the best cooks in your building to invite.
"off with their heads"~~dr. joseph-ignace guillotin
"life should begin with age and its privileges and accumulations, and end with youth and its capacity to splendidly enjoy such advantages."~~mark twain - letter to edward kimmitt 1901