With Mother's Day nearly upon us, I wanted to share a few memories of wonderful celebrations we shared when my mom was still with us.
We'd start breakfast with champagne and fresh orange juice -- it must be freshly-squeezed (not necessarily by you)... I like to get mine at Gelson's Market.
Along with the champagne, we'd have blueberry muffins packed with extra blueberries and fresh strawberries with powdered sugar on the side to dip them in.
I still use boxed blueberry muffin mix -- it's like a comfort food for me, and everybody loves the special way I prepare them with an additional container of fresh blueberries.
After breakfast, we'd go to church and return to have our luncheon, which would include this as a typical menu:
Mother's Day Luncheon
Artichoke Soup (recipe is posted on my blog)
Grilled Lamb Chop Salad (from my Salad Joy cookbook)
My mother loved lamb, and it's perfect for spring.
Lamb chops are also super easy as you just grill them at the last minute.
For the Strawberry Shortcake, I make it old-school... using Bisquick mix to make oversized biscuits.
Make them the day before so they're ready in advance.
In the morning before church, I'd prepare a big bowl of strawberries sliced thin with a spoonful or two of sugar on them, and let them sit at room temperature to macerate a bit and get juicy and sweet.
At the last minute, after everyone's had a nice big lamb chop salad, I'd make homemade whipped cream using a small half pint of heavy cream.
I like to use a chilled bowl and chilled beaters so it whips faster and stiffer.
You don't want to whip the cream too long or you get butter!
Right before it's finished, throw in a teaspoon of vanilla and two teaspoons of sugar.
Cut the biscuits in half, place one each in a big bowl, put in a bunch of strawberries, put on the top of the biscuits, more strawberries and whipped cream, with a sprig of mint in the middle of the cream.
As a three-year old, I used to call it "Straw Baby Shortcake"!
Be sure to go to my blog post for the Artichoke Soup recipe, and also see more photos of my beautiful mother, Phyllis, whose memory lives on in meals like these.
I'd love to hear about the meals and memories you shared with your mom, too.