Padma’s Sweet Sea­son


Padma Lak­shmi isn’t the only foodie in the fam! The Top Chef host and cook­book au­thor spends time in the kitchen with daugh­ter Kr­ishna, es­pe­cially dur­ing the hol­i­days. “We bake a lot of sugar cook­ies,” she says. And with Christ­mas ap­proach­ing, Padma, 48, and her 8-year-old — whose dad is Padma’s on-again boyfriend, Adam Dell — are not mess­ing around. Their next project? A gin­ger­bread house! “[It] takes us days,” she says, “and com­pletely dom­i­nates our kitchen ta­ble.” Here, the mul­ti­task­ing mama — who’s work­ing with Kel­loggs this sea­son — serves Us more.


What kitchen skills would you like to pass down to Kr­ishna?

I think ev­ery­body should know how to make mashed pota­toes, roasted veg­eta­bles and two or three dif­fer­ent salad dress­ings.


How will you spend the hol­i­days?

We have an an­nual Christ­mas Day sup­per, which I cook. It’s re­ally one gi­ant pa­jama day. Then we spend the whole day play­ing Pic­tionary and cha­rades, and we’re just chill­ing. It’s one of my fa­vorite things to do all year.

“I try to teach her and raise her ev­ery day to think for her­self,” she says of Kr­ishna. What’s Padma bak­ing up for the hol­i­days? “A lot of sugar cook­ies and ap­ple pies, shetells Us.

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