There is a reason Mother’s Day is the busiest restaurant day of the year. It is so much easier to let somebody else prepare a “special” meal for the woman who means so much to us. But how many families really enjoy the crowds, the rushed service, and the bland meals that are likely to be encountered on this day? Is this really a special experience for Mom? I think not.
I recognize there is intense pressure involved in selecting just the right gift or dining experience for Mom. Expectations are high and it is very easy to fall short on some or all counts. So the Culinary Diva has a suggestion. Take time to plan, shop, and prepare a special meal for Mom. She will appreciate the thoughtfulness and it is far more enjoyable to converse, tell stories, reminisce, and snap photos in the comfort and privacy of your own abode.
For any special meal, a good starter is essential. Paulding & Company has shared with me one of its favorite soups, and it seems a fitting course for Mother’s Day since the company is owned and operated by a mother-daughter team. The Carrot Ginger Soup is so uncomplicated even a kitchen neophyte can prepare this gourmet soup with professional-like results. Mom will love it because it is filled with flavor, low in calories, and made by you. Plus, a homemade gift is the best way to show mom you care (that is, unless you can afford an array of precious stones or an authentic Rolex watch).
If the thought of cooking for Mom makes you break out in a rash, how about buying Mom a book she can use year-round like The Recipe for Radiance by Alexis Wolfer? It is full of great recipes for body, face, and skin treatments, along with a full array of foods to make Mom beautiful from the inside out. I recently made and used the Rejuvenating Eye Cream, and it is amazing and chemical free! My two Havanese puppies particularly enjoyed its fruity avocado scent. So I got the benefits of an eye cream and a puppy facial as well.
The #SundaySupper Crew has put together a lot of great suggestions on how to celebrate Mother’s Day. A special thanks to this week’s host Liz, from That Skinny Chick Can Bake. Liz is always baking something fabulous in her kitchen, so make sure you stop by and wish Liz a Happy Mother’s Day. Wishing everyone at #Sunday Supper a wonderful Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day Breakfast:
- Bacon, Cheddar and Egg Scones from Kudos Kitchen By Renee
- Chai Berry Muffins from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Chocolate Almond Prune Bread from What Smells So Good?
- Greek Breakfast Strata from Curious Cuisiniere
- Maple Almond Butter from girlichef
- Orange Julius from Neighborfood
- Rum Rolls from Daily Dish Recipes
- Slow Cooker Eggs with an Asian Accent from NinjaBaking.com
Mother’s Day Appetizers:
- Asparagus and Prosciutto Crostini from Hip Foodie Mom
- Carrot Ginger Soup from Confessions of a Culinary Diva
- Strawberry Salad with Asparagus Mousse from Delaware Girl Eats
- Vegetable Shu Mai from My Healthy Eating Habits
Mother’s Day Soups, Salads and Sides:
- Chilled Spring Pea Soup from An Appealing Plan
- I Love You Mom Melon Salad from Hot Momma’s Kitchen Chaos
- Spears in a Blanket from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- Truffled Sea Salt Shrimp Arugula Salad from Family Foodie
Mother’s Day Main Dishes:
- Betty’s Salad from Jelly Toast
- Brussels Sprouts Kofta from Soni’s Food
- Cajun Shrimp Eggplant Casserole from Food Lust People Love
- Crepes Lorraine from Noshing With The Nolands
- Greek Chicken Pizza from Casa de Crews
- Ham and Spinach Quiche from Try Anything Once Culinary
- Lightened-Up Penne & Tomato Cream Sauce with Peas & Prosciutto from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Mac & Cheese Dressed Up for Mother’s Day from Cooking Chat
- Mini Pot Pies from Jane’s Adventures in Cooking
- Paprika Shrimp from Nosh My Way
- Spring Pea and Pistachio Pasta with Ricotta from Simply Healthy Family
Mother’s Day Desserts:
- Banana Cream Pie from Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Black-Eyed Susan from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Cannoncini alla Crema from Manu’s Menu
- Chocolate Babka from Run DMT
- Chocolate Caramel Tart from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Creme Brûlée from Desserts Required
- Frozen Strawberry Cheesecake from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
- Gluten Free Lemon Curd Pie from Gluten Free Crumbley
- Lemon Cookies from Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Limoncello Lemon Pound Cake from Killer Bunnies, Inc
- Limoncello Tiramisu from La Bella Vita Cucina
- Mom’s Blueberry Pie from The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Mom’s Coconut Macaroons from MealDiva
- Mango Sorbet from Pescetarian Journal
- PB&J Macaron from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Peach Cobbler from Cookin’ Mimi
- Pina Colada Cake from The Foodie Army Wife
- Pineapple Empanadas from La Cocina de Leslie
- Scotch Tea Cookies from Shockingly Delicious
- Strawberry Shortcake Whipped Cream Cupcakes from Seduction in the Kitchen
- White Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies from Pies and Plots
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- • 1 onion
- • 1 lb. carrots
- 1-inch piece ginger
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 tsp. olive oil
- Pinch cayenne pepper, or more to taste
- 1 quart water plus 1 Tbs. light miso
- salt & freshly ground pepper to taste (or white pepper)
- Chiffonade of basil or Thai basil for garnish
- Peel and coarsely dice onion.
- Peel and slice carrots.
- Peel and slice ginger (scrape skin off ginger with the dull back-side of a paring knife).
- Peel and chop garlic.
- Warm olive oil in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Add onion, carrots and ginger.
- Sauté over medium heat until starting to soften.
- Add garlic, and continue to cook for a minute longer.
- Add cayenne, water and miso, and bring to a boil over high heat.
- Turn down to a simmer and cook, covered for 15 minutes.
- Taste, and add salt and pepper as needed.
- Continue to cook another 10 minutes, until very soft. Puree in the blender until smooth. Adjust seasonings and add more water if too thick.
- Garnish bowls of soup with a chiffonade of fresh basil or Thai basil, and serve.
Calories per serving 53
Calories from fat 16
Total fat 1.7 g
0 Mg. cholesterol
52 mg. sodium
k271 mg. potassium
Total carbohydrates 9.1 g
Dietary fiber 2.5 g
Sugars 4.4 g
Protein .9 g
Vit A 13%
Vic C 17%
Nutrition grade A
Low in saturated fat
High in dietary fiber, iron and potassium
Very high in vitamin A, B6 and C
- 1 tbsp. avocado
- 1 tbsp. grape seed oil
- 3 tbsp. whole milk
- Using a fork or blender, combine the avocado with grape see oil until creamy. Slowly add the milk until well combined
- Saturate 2 cotton pads with the mixture and apply under your eyes for 15 minutes
- Rinse with warm water and pat dry