She preferred Thanksgiving when family and friends gathered to celebrate our universal good fortune and nature's bounty.
But when we did celebrate Mother's Day, she wanted to eat at home rather than going to a restaurant. She had a short list of favorite dishes. She loved salads, fried chicken and cake.
Some were variations on classics she taught me to make, like egg salad. Others were recipes I had created that she always enjoyed, like a chocolate chip-banana cake with roasted walnuts.
Even though my mom barely weighed a hundred pounds and was just under five feet tall, she ate more than our teenaged sons. The last day I spent with her, she hungrily ate a Vietnamese banh mi sandwich.
Here are some of the dishes my mom enjoyed.
Egg Salad with Grilled Vegetables and Crisp Bacon
Starting with my mom's basic recipe, I've added grilled vegetables and freshly chopped parsley for color and flavor. Crisp bacon giv…