Cooking with Molly Ringwald

100_5788There’s lots to love about Molly Ringwald. There are the iconic movies, for sure, her work on “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” her cute haircut and, most recently (and probably most importantly) her role as mom to 8-month-old twins Adele Georgiana and Roman Stylianos and 6-year-old daughter, Mathilda Ereni.

I recently had an opportunity to chat with Molly at an event celebrating her partnership with Ragu for their “Recipe for a Good Start” contest. Read on for some of her mommy-words-of-wisdom.

How do you find time to cook with your daughter?
We try to cook together at the beginning of every week. My husband is currently going to school for his MBA at Stanford, so he leaves on Tuesdays for that. That means every Sunday we try to make a big vat of sauce with my daughter— who loves to be a part of the cooking—so that we can use it throughout the week. I think kids are less suspicious of eating foods if they know where the food comes from. If you can get out there and actually garden with them, that’s even better.

Have you ever had to sneak certain foods into your kid’s diets?
There was a time when I was in despair thinking that Mathilda would never experiment with food. I thought she was solely existing on air—she refused to eat anything. The trick is to just to keep introducing those foods to them. One week my daughter won’t like something, and the next week she’ll turn around and love it. I’m all for sneaking healthy foods in if you can, but the older they get, the harder it is to do that.

What was your most proud mom moment?
The other day a teacher of Mathilda’s gave me a poem she had written about love. Her dad and I are both writers, and poetry is so important to us, so it was great to see that the messages we keep giving her had made their way into her work.

What do you like to do for fun with your kids?
Mathilda and I go roller skating in Venice. Her dad has roller blades, but we don’t do that. I grew up roller skating and I loved it, so it’s really fun to do that with my daughter now.

Check out Molly’s new book, “Getting the Pretty Back: Friendships, Family and Finding the Perfect Lipstick” in stores in May. And for more Molly beauty wisdom, look for her in the beauty section of our May issue.

For more information on Ragu’s recipe contest, or to enter for a chance to win a $5,000 scholarship for your kid, click here.

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  1. by Kourtney Eidam

    On March 10, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    OMG! I loved her growing up! Still can’t turn off The Breakfast Club or 16 Candles when it’s on TV.

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