Mother's Day Brunch: Recipes

This Sunday is all about one special lady: MOM. Make the day full of pampering and R&R for her (You know she more than deserves it).

The best way to get the day started: Let her sleep in, serve her coffee in bed, then prepare this incredible brunch (maybe serve it in bed, too!).

Ham & Cheese Crepes

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 Simple Crepes
  • 8 slices black forest ham
  • 4 large eggs
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • Chopped fresh chives

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place 4 crepes on a rimmed baking sheet. Place 2 slices ham on each crepe. Crack 1 egg into center of each; fold edges toward center. Season with salt and pepper. Bake until egg white is set and yolk is still runny, 12 minutes. Top with chives.

 

Pistachio-Apricot Granola

Yields 5 cups

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats (not quick-cooking)

  • 1 cup unsalted, shelled pistachios

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces

  • 1/3 cup honey

  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom

  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

  • 1 cup dried apricots, diced medium

Directions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, combine oats and pistachios. In a small saucepan, combine butter, honey, cardamom, and salt over medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, until butter melts, about 2 minutes. (Or, place ingredients in a medium microwave-safe bowl and microwave until butter melts, 1 to 2 minutes; stir until combined.) Pour butter mixture over oat mixture and toss until oats and nuts are completely coated. Transfer to a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet and spread in an even layer. Bake until oats are lightly golden, 30 to 35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Let cool completely on sheet on a wire rack, 20 minutes, then stir in apricots.

 

Riesling Sangria with Lychees

Serves 10

Ingredients

  • 1 orange
  • 1 cup raspberries, halved
  • 1 Asian pear—peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup dry sake
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • One 20-ounce can lychees in syrup—lychees halved, syrup reserved
  • Two 750-milliliter bottles slightly off-dry Riesling, chilled
  • Ice

Directions

Using a knife, peel the orange, removing the bitter white pith. Working over a pitcher, cut in between the membranes to release the sections. Squeeze the juice from the membranes and discard the membranes.

Add the raspberries, pear, sake, bourbon, lemon juice, triple sec, sugar and lychees with their syrup. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Stir in the Riesling and serve the sangria in ice-filled wineglasses.

Recipes courtesy of Martha Stewart & Food & Wine.

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The perfect day for Mom

She gave birth to you. She put up with everything from your Terrible Two's to your less-than-stellar rebellious teen years. 

She deserves a day to be spoiled.

Make this Mother's Day extra indulgent for Mom with these tips.

1. Start with this breakfast (here are the recipes) - Serve it in bed? Even better!

 

  • Blood Peach Bellini
  • Crêpes with Strawberries and Muscat-Yogurt Sauce
  • Soft-Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Sablefish and Trout Roe Total

 

2. Gift her.  Something that she'll enjoy - and that she can keep treating herself with.

This Happy Trails gift set is a Mom-favorite: a luxurious cowhide purse filled with indulgent lotion, wash, and two of our triple-milled goat milk soaps. Get mom one in her favorite scent here.

 

3. Dine al fresco.

Treat mom to her favorite meal (don't forget her favorite wine!) in the fresh air - and don't you dare let her clean up after.

 

3. Pamper her one more time.

If you still have young children, take over bed time duties and send mom straight to the bath tub for some quiet "me time" (something she probably rarely gets). Better yet, have this amazing brown sugar and shea body scrub there waiting for her.

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Mother's Day Brunch Menu

Crêpes with Strawberries and Muscat-Yogurt Sauce

Active: 40 MIN Total Time: 1 HR Servings: 4

The Good News Nichole Birdsall tops these crepes with strawberries, a superfruit high in vitamin C and potent antioxidants, and a creamy, orangey sauce sweetened with a splash of Bonterra Muscat dessert wine instead of sugar.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 1 large egg
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Muscat dessert wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 24 strawberries, sliced
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

Directions

In a small bowl, whisk the flour with the salt. Add the milk, egg and 1 tablespoon of oil and whisk until smooth. Cover and let rest for 20 minutes. In another small bowl, whisk the yogurt, honey, Muscat and zest.

Preheat the oven to 350°. Heat an 8-inch nonstick skillet. Rub the pan with an oiled paper towel. Add about 3 tablespoons of the crêpe batter, swirling the pan to coat evenly; pour off any excess. Cook the crêpe over moderate heat until the bottom is brown in spots and the sides are crisp, about 2 minutes. Flip the crêpe and cook for 1 minute longer. Transfer to a baking sheet; repeat to make 7 more crêpes.

Fold the crêpes into quarters and bake until hot, 4 minutes. Place 2 crêpes on each plate. Top with the yogurt sauce and garnish with the strawberries. Dust with confectioners' sugar and serve immediately.

Soft-Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Sablefish and Trout Roe Total

Time: 20 MIN Servings: 2

Andrew Carmellini's luxurious, creamy eggs are heavenly on their own, but serving them with smoky sable, briny roe and rich sour cream puts them over the top.

Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 ounces smoked sablefish, sliced 1/4 inch thick (see Note)
  • Trout roe (see Note), thinly sliced scallions and sour cream, for garnish
  • Toasted sesame, everything or plain bagels, for serving

Directions

In a medium nonstick skillet, combine the beaten eggs with the heavy cream and 1/2 tablespoon of the butter. Cook the eggs over moderately low heat, whisking them constantly, until small curds form and the eggs are creamy, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat.

Gently stir the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of butter into the eggs and season them lightly with salt. Spoon the eggs into 2 serving bowls and top with the sliced sablefish. Garnish with trout roe, sliced scallions and a dollop of sour cream. Serve right away with toasted bagels.

Notes If smoked sablefish and trout roe are unavailable, smoked salmon and salmon roe can be substituted.

Suggested Pairing Fragrant, vivid Chardonnay-based Champagne: NV Pierre Moncuit Hugues de Coulmet Blanc de Blancs Brut.

Peach Bellini

Blood Peach Bellini

Servings: makes 1 drink

The Blood Peach Bellini was originally made using super-seasonal summer blood peaches. This variation combines Campari, grenadine and white peach puree to approximate the rare fruit's flavor and color.

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces chilled Prosecco
  • 1/2 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce white peach puree (see Note)
  • 1/2 ounce grenadine, preferably EO (see Note) or homemade

Directions

In a pint glass, gently stir all of the ingredients. Pour the drink into a chilled flute.

Notes Les Vergers Boiron and the Perfect Puree of Napa Valley (perfectpuree.com) both make high-quality fruit purees, including white peach. They're available online and at specialty food stores.

EO grenadine, made by the team at Employees Only, is available at employeesonlybrands.com.

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Ways to treat mom (or yourself) this Mother's Day

Sunday is Mother's Day - a day all about treating mom. Spoiling her, because she does so much for everyone else on those other 364 days of the year.  Here are some great ways to make mom's day special this year.

Breakfast in Bed
Whether you have young kids or older, get them involved in making Mom breakfast in bed. Don't let her get up and check!  Either instruct her to sleep in, or bring her a book or her iPad.  And don't forget the fresh coffee!

Mimosa? Yes, please.
It's only one day a year - let her enjoy a late morning/early afternoon with brunch at her favorite restaurant.  And let her enjoy it - Dad can chase the 3 year old around this time.

Me Time.
Sure, mom wants to spend Mother's Day with her family, but she might also enjoy a little "me time." Let her indulge in her favorite activity - a yoga class, a spa facial, or maybe just a quiet (no interruptions!) bubble bath at home. Whatever it is, give mom some time to herself.

Girls Night or Date Night.
Does mom want a date with dad? Or a night with the girls (because you know that never happens)? Or maybe both? Whatever it is, indulge her! Let her enjoy a happy hour with her friends, or set a reservation at her favorite restaurant (or that new place she's been wanting to try, but you guys can never get away to...).

Bottom Line: Treat Mom!
You know your mom/wife better than we do, so treat her to a day you know SHE will enjoy. 

Gift Idea for Mom: Happy Trails Pouch in Rose Geranium (to enjoy during that bubble bath...)

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