So, how's your mom's cooking?
C'mon, be honest. This year, in honor of Mother's Day, Chow Bella really wants to know about your mother's skill with a skillet, whether she's a regular Julia Child or dinner always seem to go up in flames.
So we're holding a good, old fashioned essay contest -- call it "Just Like Mom's" -- and we're asking you to send us a true story about your mother's cooking.
Write about her signature dish, or one particularly memorable meal. Tell us about her worst kitchen disaster; the skills (or lack thereof) she's passed down to you; or her prowess with a pressure cooker.
Get details on prizes and rules after the jump.
You might just win a gift certificate good for dinner out with Mom at a restaurant in town, including Vincent on Camelback, Beckett's Table or Renegade Canteen. We've also got gift cards to Honey Moon Sweets bakery and Changing Hands Bookstore to give away.
We'll publish our favorite essays online and in New Times.
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Your essay should be no longer than 500 words and may include a recipe (that won't be counted toward the 500 words). You can also include a photo, if it applies. Chow Bella contributors are not allowed to enter.
Email your entry (including your whole name and the best place to reach you) to New Times Managing Editor Amy Silverman at email@example.com by 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 1.