What are You Going to Cook for Mom?

May 01, 2013, 17:04 pm  Posted by Lark

You’re a good kid. Or maybe not, but you do love your mother. Why else would you have gotten that tattoo? Now make her something nice for Mother’s Day, and tell her we say hi. Here are some recipes we think your mom might like:


This is me with my mom, and I was careful not to put any recipes in this post that she would not like. I might be 500 miles away, but my step dad's not! (Ahem. Hint.)



Moms have come to expect breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day, and they should get it. Your mom has probably prepared at least 12,317 meals for you, approximately. If you are a grown-up and don’t live with your mom, and don’t want to break into her house early in the morning lest you get shot, then you might just have to plan the breakfast thing instead of surprising her with it. She’ll still appreciate it, I bet. Anyway, how about a momelette?! I am going to just give you some delicious ideas because I know you can figure out how to make an omelette.

  • Bacon, fig, and goat cheese make a delicious omelette filling. Cut your bacon and figs into small, bite-size slices and fry them separately–the bacon until it’s crisp and the figs until they’re saucy. Put your crisp bacon and saucy figs inside the omelette along with some goat cheese and maybe some rosemary? Mm-mm. (I might even consider blending the rosemary into the egg mixture in my food processor.)
  • Sweet potato and kale: Peel and cube the sweet potato, and then fry it in lots of butter or coconut oil with a dash of salt, and maybe some sage. Did I say use lots of butter or oil? Sweet potatoes need oil, and your mom needs good cholesterols! Unless she doesn’t. Cut the kale into bite-size pieces first. I cannot express how important this is, and dudes don’t seem to get it. So dudes, cut mom’s kale! And then sautee it in some butter or coconut oil with a dash of salt too, but you will likely need to add a bit of water. (Kale does not seem to have a lot of its own moisture.) I think for this one, it will be important to add the filling before the egg in the omelette is completely cooked, because sweet potato is soooo much better when it’s embedded in egg. I also would be willing to bet the farm that some swiss cheese would be a perfect finisher! And salsa? No, that’s crazy.
  • Smoked salmon, capers, and cream cheese. This sounds fancy, but it’s very easy, because you really don’t have to do anything to the fillings before putting them in the omelette. You might add some very finely diced red onion too, depending on how mom feels about onions and onion breath.
  • Yard foods! If mom is an adventurous eater, try making her momelette with dandelion greens and chickweed, maybe garnished with some violets to make it pretty. Or perhaps a plain cheese omelette garnished with cucumber, chive, and mint relish? Just peel and dice the cuke, chop the herbs, and mix it all in a bit of apple cider vinegar and salt, and just a dash of brown sugar.
Hint: I beat a little bit of flour and milk, cream, or yogurt into my omelette eggs to make them fluff up nicely!

Mom-nom-nom! (Image used under Creative Commons from juanelos.)


Not Your Mom’s Pot Pie

Er, yes your mom’s. You are her sweetie-pie, but savory pie will make an excellent dinner! This chicken pot pie is not your standard boxed clump of ice flipped upside-down on a plate, and I would even venture to say it’s better than your average homemade chicken pot pie. This here is springtime comfort food from the rustic kitchen of the one and only Ashley English. You can find this and 59 other delicious pie recipes in her beautiful book, A Year of Pies. First, you’ll need to use one of these basic pie crust recipes. <– That’s your secret weapon. Next step, get your pot pie on!



Seriously Sinful Chocolate Cake

What? Wow, if your mother is on a diet or anything, just skip this part. I mean, this thing is decadent, and it has lard in it. I know this is not for everyone, but if you’re into this sort of thing, you know how delicious it is! This recipe comes from Cake Ladies, authored by Asheville’s very own cake entrepreneur, Jodi Rhoden. Aside from the recipe, I feel compelled to share the story of the recipe’s creator, Dye-Scott Rhodan (no relation).


Now for the horrible, terrible, delicious recipe!



And finally, don’t forget the flowers! But you don’t have to buy that $40 dozen of roses! Last Mother’s Day, I walked around my neighborhood for about 20 or 30 minutes and was able to put together the most beautiful bouquet for my mother-in-law with all the wonderful wild and, um, feral flowers that were in bloom! I’ll share pics as soon as I find them…


Mountain laurel, daylily, poppy, corn flowers, red clovers, oxeye daisy, holly leaves, a green onion blossom, buttercups, and peace lily leaves made a lovely Mother's Day bouquet!


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