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Mother’s Day Recipes From Food Network Moms

In 1908, Anna M. Jarvis campaigned for the creation of an official Mother’s Day to honor her mother and for peace. Anna petitioned the superintendent of her mother’s church.  She got her wish as the first Mother’s Day celebration took place May 10 of that year.  Anna then spent the rest of her life protesting people for celebrating Mother’s Day.  She ridiculed florists for selling flowers and even petitioned the US  Postal Service to remove the words “Mother’s Day” from a stamp that also feature her own mother on it.  Apparently she was just a tad bit crazy.

Marcela ValladolidMother’s Day is just around the corner.  Rather than prodding mom into the cattle car that is the Olive Garden lobby how about actually cooking her something?  After learning about the originator of Mother’s Day the idea of you cooking for your mother shouldn’t seem quite as crazy.

The Moms of the Food Network have put together a few recipes to help you show your mom a little love.  Marcela Valladolid (pictured above with son Fausto), Sandra Lee, Paula Deen, Gina Neeley and Giada De Laurentiis help you to make a it a Mother’s Day to remember:

: Cream Cheese Filled Bisquits

: Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

  • 2 cups biscuit mix (suggested: Bisquick)
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • Milk, to moisten
  • Flour
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cut cream cheese into biscuit mix until cornmeal consistency. Add enough milk to moisten.
  3. Place dough-like mixture onto floured surface and knead 2 or 3 times. Don’t knead too much or your biscuits will be tough.
  4. Roll dough to desired thickness using a rolling pin and cut out with round cookie cutter. Place biscuits on a greased cookie sheet and bake until golden brown, approximately 15 minutes.

Notice this is a Paula Deen recipe without any butter in it.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 15 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 12

Culinary tradition: USA (Southern)

: Lazy Sunday Mimosa

: Recipe courtesy The Neely’s

  • 1/2 cup pink sanding sugar
  • 1 (750-ml) bottle brut Champagne
  • 4 tablespoons pineapple juice
  • 4 tablespoons blood orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons orange liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier)
  1. Dip the rims of the champagne flutes in water. Dip again in the sanding sugar.
  2. Divide Champagne between 2 glasses. Add half of both juices to each glass and top with orange liqueur.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 2

Culinary tradition: USA (Southern)

: Guac’ with Fresh Baked Tortilla chips

: Recipe courtesy Marcela Valladolid

Guacamole:

  • 4 firm, ripe avocados, halved, pitted, and peeled
  • 1/2 medium white onion, minced (about 4 tablespoons)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 medium lime, freshly squeezed (about 2 tablespoons)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Chips:

  • 12 fresh corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • Kosher salt

To make the guacamole:

  1. In a medium bowl, coarsely mash the avocado. Lightly mix in the onion, cilantro and the lime juice. Season the guacamole liberally with salt and pepper.

To make the chips:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Brush each tortilla lightly with oil. Slice the tortillas into 8ths. Using 2 baking sheets, distribute half the chips onto each sheet, making sure they are evenly spread out and not overlapping. (If the chips overlap they will not crisp in the oven.)
  3. Bake on the top rack until golden and crispy, about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven to a serving bowl. Season with salt and serve immediately.

Cook’s Note: Season your chips with chipotle powder and/or garlic salt before baking for extra flavor.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 15 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 6

Culinary tradition: Mexican

: Sparkling Cider Mimosa

: Recipe courtesy Sandra Lee

  • 1 (25.4-ounce) bottle sparkling apple cider
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  1. Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and pour into chilled champagne flutes.

Preparation time: 2 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

Culinary tradition: Italian

: Jade’s Mini Pancakes with Blueberries

: Recipe Courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

Pancakes:

  • 1 cup buttermilk pancake mix (recommended: Krusteaz Buttermilk)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pint blueberries
  1. Preheat a griddle or large skillet over medium heat.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the pancake mix and water until just blended and slightly lumpy. Melt the butter on the griddle. For each pancake, add 1 tablespoon of batter to the griddle. Cook for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes each side until golden brown.
  3. In a clean bowl, using an electric hand held mixer, beat the heavy whipping cream until thick. Add the sugar and vanilla. Continue whipping until the cream forms stiff peaks.
  4. Top the pancakes with whipped cream and fresh blueberries.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time: 8 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

 

half-assing it

“Restaurants Open On Christmas”

As a chef it disturbs me that so many Americans are afraid of cooking a meal. What am I talking about?

A quick look at Google Trends will reveal that the most popular searches Christmas Day 2009 were “restaurants open on christmas,” “cracker barrel hours,” “huddle house,” “dunkin donuts open on christmas.”  Sad.

Restaurants open on ChristmasIt is one day, folks, cook something!  This trend is very disheartening to anyone like myself who loves to cook – that someone refuses to cook even one meal, even on Christmas Day – they just have to eat out.  Mother’s Day is another day that baffles me.  I can think of no bigger slap in the face to mom than dragging her to some ubiquitous Olive Garden, making her sit in a crowded lobby for hours and then shoving that carcinogen laced pseudo-food down her throat.  Dido for Valentine’s Day.

One of the great experiences in life is for family and loved ones to gather together and share with one another – share their art, their stories, their food and their love.  Going to eat at a restaurant on Christmas Day, to me, tells those around you that they are a burden.  That you only visit loved ones because society’s folkways suggest you are a heel if you do not, or rather society’s folkways expose you as a heel if you do not.

I understand that some people feel overwhelmed by a lot of the activities during the holidays but how about cutting out all of the trivial stuff and just sit down noshing and sharing with those who love you.  But if circumstances dictate that you must go out and consume lethal amounts of additives, saturated fats and hydrogenated oils then here are links to IHOP, Denny’s and Waffle House, but I implore to throw together something easy and spend the rest of your time with the ones you love.

It is one day, cook something!

Hear is a great dish that is ready literally in seconds:

Recipe: Oyster Stew

Ingredients

  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 1 pint oysters
  • 1 stick real butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a sauce pan or even in a large microwaveable bowl combine milk and oysters and heat to a simmer then add butter and season to taste.
  2. Enjoy!

Don’t Wait to Honor Mom on Mother’s Day

Sunday is Mother’s Day. This, along with Valentine’s Day, is the busiest day of the year in the restaurant industry. As with V-day I am baffled at the number of people who believe the best way to show your love for someone is to spend 2 hours sitting in the lobby of a fern bar waiting for a table. How about some numbers – 80% of the people who are taking mom out for her special day will do so between 11AM and 2PM Sunday. That is crazy! That means tens of millions of people trying to eat at the same time. What is wrong with taking her out Saturday night? Maybe take her shopping Saturday afternoon and stop by her favorite lunch spot.

Not to mention the message that sends to mom, “I know that you cooked me virtually every meal for the first 18 years of my life, but the one meal a year I am supposed to provide for you involves hanging out in the foyer of O’Apple Tuesday’s Garden and Cantina if you want to collect. Sorry I just don’t have time to cook for you myself.”

Nice logic – We can spend three hours at a chain restaurant, but I don’t have time to make something out of Rachael Ray’s 30 Minute Meals.

The rub – if you refuse to cook then by all means take mom out to eat – she deserves it – but do you really have to take her after church like the other 27 million people in the country?

Food for thought.

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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