Monday, April 28, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

Sunday May 11 is Mother's Day. What better way to honor our mother's then by feeding her and thanking her for all the years of feeding us.

Make her breakfast
Whether it is breakfast in bed or a nice meal around the table, you can make pancakes or waffles, made-to-order omelets, scrambled eggs with bacon or sausage or whatever mom loves. An easy and filling option is baked oatmeal. You add your favorite dried fruits, fresh fruit like apples or strawberries or nuts to customize to mom’s tastes. It can be baked in a large pan or in individual ramekins for a fancy touch.

Serves 6

3 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups milk
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
dried fruits, nuts and fresh fruits
butter, for greasing pan(s)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Generously butter with bottom and sides of 9" x 13" baking dish or individual ramekins.

Mix all ingredients together. Pour ingredients into pan(s). If using individual ramekins, set each on top of a baking sheet to help clean up and spills.

Bake ramekins for 25 minutes, full pan for 45 minutes. Mixture should be bubbly and oatmeal cooked through.

This is great reheated later in the week, so I suggest making extra.

Make Mom a Picnic
Whether the sun is shining or not, why not treat mom to a picnic. You can spread out a blanket in a nearby park, under your favorite tree or in the living room. Mom will love an excuse to use her picnic basket or other basket she has. Pack fried chicken (homemade or purchased), make tea sandwiches with crusts removed, or visit mom's favorite sandwich shop to fill the basket. Also, make some fresh-squeezed lemonade, brownies and don't forget to pack plenty of napkins, utensils and any of your favorite condiments (including salt and pepper).

A 5-Star Dinner
A great dinner does not have to include reservations to her favorite restaurant. Why not try to recreate her favorite meal at home. Whether it is a great local restaurant which may have a cookbook of their best sellers, or a chain restaurant with many copy cat recipes available online, you can create a meal that mom will love.

If your mom is anything like mine, I'm sure she will care less about what you make, then the fact that you took the time to make mom a meal and spend some good one-on-one time with her. Thank you moms everywhere for all of your love, your guidance and being there whenever we need you. We love you!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Dining out for Life

Dining out for life is an annual fundraising event in April where restaurants contribute a night's profit to AIDS charities in their own cities. Over 2,800 restaurants participate nationwide. Visit the website to see which restaurants participate in your state (click on the title of this post for a direct link).

I was a bit disappointed to see that only one Michigan city was participating, but we do have one! Ten Grand Rapids restaurants are participating on Thursday, April 28 with some participating for breakfast, lunch and dinner. San Chez Bistro, a Spanish Tapas restaurant, one of my favorites in downtown Grand Rapids is including in the list so I am considering road tripping it for a great cause.

Friday, April 04, 2008

April 4

Today in 1932, Vitamin C is first isolated by C.G. King at the University of Pittsburgh. Can you imagine 76 years ago, no one would tell you to drink a glass of orange juice when you had a cold?

Vitamin C is responsible for repairing our body tissue. It helps our bodies absorb iron as well as create Vitamin E.

Humans are the only mammals who do not produce Vitamin C on their own and therefore we have to get it from our diet alone. Foods high in Vitamin C are citrus fruits, like oranges, lemons and limes; other fruits like cantaloupe, kiwi, papaya and mango; carrots; dark greens such as broccoli, collard greens, kale; strawberries; sweet potatoes; sweet red peppers; and tomatoes.

So ward off scurvy and enjoy a fruit salad with melon, kiwi and mango or add some carrots, sweet red peppers and tomatoes to your salad.