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.