Take Mom Out to Eat -- Free! Enter Our Mother's Day Essay Contest

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.

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 protected] by 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 1.

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Amy Silverman is a two-time winner of the Arizona Press Club’s Journalist of the Year award. Her work has appeared on the radio show This American Life and in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Lenny Letter, and Brain, Child. She’s the co-curator of the live reading series Bar Flies, and a commentator for KJZZ, the NPR affiliate in Phoenix. Silverman is the author of the book My Heart Can’t Even Believe It: A Story of Science, Love, and Down Syndrome (Woodbine House 2016). Follow her on Instagram (@amysilverman), Twitter (@amysilvermanaz), and at