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What's Cookin'?, April 20, 2007 - You Can Cook With Confidence & Style
April 20, 2007

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Mothers Day Brunch Recipes
Simple, But Elegant Menu

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Mothers Day Brunch Recipes
Simple, But Elegant Menu

Mothers Day Recipes are brunch recipes and the time is upon us!

Every year on Mothers Day, my restaurant lays out a fabulous brunch. It is the busiest day of the year at the restaurant. Not even Valentine's Day is as busy!

And that tells me, our mothers and grandmothers and yes - the wives in families are highly honored and respected and ...loved.

This is the first Mother's Day I will have without my Mom. Of course, I miss her deeply, but I take happiness from the memories I have of her.

I know how fortunate I have been to have grown up in her arms and on her knee - and once or twice - across her knee. :-)

I don't remember where I read this little story but Erma Bombeck, I believe, was the original author. I didn't write it but I really wanted to share it with you. (Thanks Erma).

"A Child's Angel." You will simply call her ...

A baby asked God, "They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow, but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?"

"Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you."

The child aked again, "But tell me, here in heaven I don't have to do anything but sing and smile to be happy."

God said, "Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you. And you will feel your angel's love and be very happy."

Again the child asked, "And how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me if I don't know the language?"

God said, "Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak."

"And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?"

God said, "Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray."

"Who will protect me?"

God said, "Your angel will defend you even if it means risking her life."

"But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore."

God said, "Your angel will always talk to you about Me and will teach you the way to come back to Me, even though I will always be next to you."

At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from Earth could be heard and the child hurriedly asked, "God, if I am to leave now, please tell me my angel's name."

"You will simply call her, 'Mom.'"

Wow! That says it all and reminds me again about how special my mother was in my life.

So what might you do for your Mom (or yourself and your family) if you don't go to my restaurant for an elaborate brunch on Mothers Day?

How about a simple but elegant Mother's Day Breakfast or Mother's Day Brunch at home? I have some great Mothers Day Recipes for you to try!

If you love to cook, like me, it makes sense to do what you love to do, even on Mother's Day. Cooking and entertaining is what I do. That's why I love my work and my website, and I love these Mothers Day Recipes. You will, too.

Cooking and entertaining is about love and sharing, so actually Mothers Day is the perfect time to entertain - my husband, my sons and their families and friends. Even on Mother's Day, there's no place like home.

Is anything more decadent and indulgent than an extravagant brunch? But one of the "rules" I have for Mothers Day Recipes and the menu at home is that the food and drink must be easy to prepare and must be items you can mostly make ahead. That way you can spend time with your loved ones outside of the kitchen.

This menu has Mothers Day Recipes that comprise a good plan when you're going to feed a crowd. Many of these Mothers Day recipes can be made ahead of time, leaving you to relax and enjoy your company.

Depending on the Mothers Day recipes you choose and the size of your crowd, you may need to adjust the amounts of ingredients.

Check the suggested Mothers Day Recipes below. If you don't like a particular item just mix and match until you find something that suits your taste (and your Mom's).

If you'd rather prepare a late afternoon or evening meal, you can also find Mothers Day recipes for Mother's Day Dinners by clicking on Mothers Day Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Menus.

What You Need To Do To Create The Perfect Mother's Day Brunch?

  • Plan your menu ahead and keep it simple. Choose your Mothers Day Recipes from the suggestions below.
  • Once you have selected your Mothers Day Recipes, do your grocery shopping and pick up some short-stemmed flowers for the table and / or other areas in your home. You can make a beautiful center piece with short-stemmed flowers without forcing people to look over or around them to see each other and carry on a conversation.
  • Do you need to buy a nice Mother's Day card?

    The Day before Mother's Day

  • Refrigerate the beverages the night before. Buy sparkling cider and orange juice and / or tomato juice for the kids and for anyone who prefers non-alcoholic drinks or serve them a "Fauxmosa" - virgin Mimosa (no champagne).
  • Prepare those items from your selected Mothers Day Recipes that can be made ahead

    The Morning Of Mother's Day

  • Put your Mom's or your own favorite CD on the player and turn it down low.
  • Start with a delicious, but easy, beverage or two. Dazzle your Mom's taste buds, and everyone elses who is of age, with a simple (extravagant) glass of champagne, or a Mimosa or a Classic Bloody Mary or how about serving the perfect Mojito!?
  • As an early morning item to accompany your beverage choices, bake off some purchased croissants with lots of butter or try serving some award-winning Bran Muffins or Blueberry Coffee Cake you made the night before or put out a tray of fresh fruit and a few slices of really delicious cheese.
  • Purchase some cooked Bay shrimp (the little shrimp) or some peel and eat shrimp and serve them with a wonderful Cilantro Lime Tartar Sauce and / or some delicious Cocktail Sauce.

    Cook As You Go - For A Small Group

    If you decided to make breakfast items on Mothers Day for 4-6 people, I have several Mothers Day Recipes for you that do not take much time but are really delicious.
  • Whole Wheat Blueberry Pancakes with a delicious blueberry syup
  • French Toast With Strawberry Butter, a favorite with children
  • Buttermilk Pancakes or basic French Toast with Warm Caramel Sauce and Maple Syrup.

    All these Mothers Day Recipes are very good and of course you can add a breakfast meat, and / or fruit slices or a fruit salad if you wish.

    Make-Ahead Mothers Day Recipes, Especially For A Larger Group

    Here are Mothers Day recipes to free up your time on that special day:
  • Baked Sausage And Cheese Omelet
  • Sausage And Cheese Strata
  • Crab And Cheddar Cheese Casserole Extravagantly Delicious!
  • Smoked Salmon Quiche or
  • Chicken And Mushroom Quiche
  • Potato And Cheddar Pie Simple, But Simply Tasty!
  • Buffet Scrambled Eggs Everyone's Favorite! Serve To A Group.

  • Cider Glazed Honey Baked Ham
    For this item, you use a pre-cooked ham and put it in your oven an hour and fifteen minutes before you want to serve it. The recipe is easy and delicious.

    And if you have an extra 15 minutes, make your own creamy mustard sauce to accompany your baked ham. It is a fabulous recipe. Just click on Mustard Sauce and enjoy!

    Scramble some eggs to go with the ham and make some oven-roasted red potatoes, and toasted bread you purchased from the bakery the day before (or you can serve those award-winning Bran Muffins or Blueberry Coffee Cake if you didn't use them on an early morning tray).

    What about serving a tasty Spinach And Strawberry Salad? or, if you'd prefer, a Grape Salad?

    Oh! Desserts! I have many dessert recipes on the website from which to choose, but here are a couple you probably haven't seen before now.

    Try serving a secret restaurant recipe for Lime Delight! or Apricot Bars.

    Enjoy your Mothers Day Recipes and the company of those you share them with!

  • As most of you know, the previous newsletter featured recipe suggestions for Cinco de Mayo.

    I am placing this Cinco de Mayo Link here for all the new subscribers that have joined the mailing list since the previous newsletter (over 200! in two weeks!).

    A special thanks goes to Karen for sharing an unusual but absolutely delicious Grape Salad Recipe with us.

    The recipe is recommended as part of the Mother's Day Brunch items (above) but I wanted to draw extra attention to it.

    I made and served this to a variety of people at home and at the restaurant over the past month and a half. To a person, the salad got rave reviews. Thanks again, Karen.

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