Mother's Day

 

The Mother of Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

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My Mother was the Queen of chocolate chip cookies. When I was younger, if there was a shalom zachor, a Kiddush or sheva brachot, my mother was asked to make her famous chocolate chip cookies.

Yet, as I mentioned in the past, growing up, our house was the healthy house. There was no junk food in our home. No soda or sugar cereal. No cakes, pies or candy. Amusingly, the one thing my mother did allow us, was her homemade chocolate chip cookies. She was famous for those confections.


 

Why Mom Wants Vitamin K2 for Mother’s Day

 

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I know this sounds weird, vitamins as a Mother’s Day present, I must be crazy.  Last year, I happened to read an article about a recent study that showed Vitamin K2 had a measurable impact on bone health.  A few days later my mother in law was telling me that she was worried about going off Fosamax, a popular drug used to increase bone mass in those who are at risk for osteoporosis.  There are many known side effects related to Foxamax and my mother in law was weighing the benefits with the potential risks.  I suggested Vitamin K2 based on the article that I had read and when she told her doctor he said it was worth a shot.

Now, a year later, her bone density has actually improved, most likely due to the Vitamin K2 and she couldn’t stop thanking me.  I realized that I had actually given her the perfect Mother’s Day gift.


 

4 Mother’s Day Brunch Menus

 

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This year the adage April Showers Bring May Flowers has proven to be quite true, and as May approaches so does Mother’s Day.  Brunch is a very special way to remind the special women in our lives that care.  Preparing brunch is a major task in and of itself, add to that the many delicious recipes out there, choosing your menu can at times be overwhelming.  Below are 4 menus to try this Mother’s Day.

 


 

DIY Tea – Make Your Own Blends

 

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Have you ever dissected a tea bag? I did and found myself in a magical world of aromas, flavors and colors.

I remember a time when Starbucks sold crushed tea in paper pouches and my cup of tea was nice, but a total stranger to me. Those days fill me
with much nostalgia for many things passed…but as far as tea is concerned, I’d never go back. See, unlike kids growing up in, say, Southeast Asia, the only teas we had in the house were Celestial Seasoning’s Red Zinger and a couple bags of Lipton. Life was beautiful, but my beverages were a drag.  Through G-d’s kindness however, years later, a simple encounter would transform me from a naive paper tea bag consumer
to an enthralled and impassioned tea enthusiast.


 

The Best French Toast Recipes

 

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A few years ago, when my two oldest grandchildren were still toddlers and were visiting for a few days, they asked for French Toast for breakfast.

Unfortunately it was Passover.


 

Happy Mother’s Day

 

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What is everyone doing today to celebrate MOM!?

We hope you took some of our ideas home and you need some last minute guidance take a look at these:


 

Memories of Mom – Recipes For Mother’s...

 

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When my brother and I were growing up, Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day were very important in our house. We spent days making cards and choosing the right gift which our Father paid for when we were little and we paid for as we got older. In addition, my Father always bought my Mother a special present and wrote a four to six line poem on his business card, which he enclosed with the gift. To this day, depending on the handbag or scarf she chooses, my Mother still finds these small cards tucked in. As I got older and the kitchen became my domain, I started to organize Mothers’ Day meals at home rather than go to a restaurant. These meals allowed me to experiment and to make some of the cooking errors my family still giggles about i.e. the lemon meringue pie that we had to eat with a spoon! Happily the kitchen is still my domain and I still have the opportunity to prepare celebratory meals for my family.

Riced Egg Mold Salad


 

A New Mom’s Mother’s Day Breakfast

 

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It’s my first mother’s day! A little over 10 months ago, Richie was born. And now I know the real reason why they have this holiday. As a being who has no expressive language and can’t do much for himself, it’s my job to do everything for him. And when he’s old enough, maybe he’ll thank me for it? I’m not sure, but  do hope he brings me breakfast in bed.

Breakfast is definitely my favorite meal. Ever. I would have breakfast for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day if I could. So when Tamar asked me to write a mother’s day post, I knew I would have to feature breakfast food. I just couldn’t decide what. When I go out for breakfast, I waver between pancakes (usually chocolate chip) and eggs. The best thing about making breakfast at home? You don’t have to decide.


 

Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed – from...

 

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Nothing makes a child happier than to do grown-up things. “Let’s surprise Mommy!” is a call no kid can resist. It makes them feel special and gives them a sense of accomplishment to surprise their mom with something they did especially for her on her special day.

Let’s get real. Most of the time, this will not happen with youngsters unless a parent is involved. So nu, it wouldn’t hurt if you gave your hubby a hint or two about what surprises you’d like (and which ones to avoid, if you get my drift.) The kids don’t have to know.


 

Mother’s Day Buffet Brunch

 

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It’s time to celebrate that special woman in your life. You know — the one who gave birth to you, knew just how to apply Band-aids and get-well kisses; put up with your teenage pouting and didn’t even snicker when you wobbled around in your first high heels.

So if you want to give her a day to remember, make a super buffet brunch in her honor! Make it big and festive, boisterous and fun, full of people celebrating your wonderful mom.


 

Lessons I learned from Mom **GIVEAWAY**

 

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Picture me and my mom baking brownies together in her cozy kitchen. I am about five years old, with long pigtails, smiling ecstatically as I smear frosting over the brownies, my clothes and my face. Mom is wearing her favorite baking apron – the one with the little pictures of mixing spoons and bowls — and beaming at her little pastry chef. She’s proud to pass on the secret family recipe for perfect brownies to a daughter who will treasure it.

Got that firmly in your mind? Good. It’s the only way you’ll see such a picture because it doesn’t exist and that sweet little scene never happened. That’s because my mother (who is a fantastic mom in just about every way) is kitchen-phobic to the point that she tried to build our house without That Room. She settled for placing it off to the side of the house by the garage so she would never have to walk through it. And she succeeded in passing on her aversion to all things culinary (except take-out food) to Yours Truly. Neither of us was likely to win a Domestic Diva of the Year award.


 

DIY Kosher – 3 Kid-Friendly Mother’s Day...

 

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Crafts - Painted Flower Pots

What can you give the woman who has it all for Mother’s Day?  Hair accessories?  A cookbook?  Perfume?  Nah. Better opt for something she can’t get herself (or return): kid-friendly craft projects made with love!


 

Dad-Friendly Dinner Recipes for Mother’s Day

 

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Mother’s Day is so much fun! Dads cooking (and not outside), kids making tchachkes, moms trying to relax while the dads are cooking and the kids are tchachke-making.

On Mother’s Day, invite over your mom and mom-in-law. Mine love to spend time with the kiddies—they think I am doing such a mitzvah by including them—and I am thrilled to have eager all-day playmates for the kids; it’s relaxing.  The only thing better than being celebrated is the opportunity to celebrate your moms and thank them for all they have done


 

Mom’s the Word – Mother’s Day...

 

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The last word in our Mother’s Day greetings comes from Stacey Herron, who works on national affiliate marketing at Kosher.com.

To me, my mother is chicken cacciatore. Let me explain. As a little girl, I was prone to becoming very attached to things. One day, I had a play date with a friend. When dinner rolled around, her mother served an amazing concoction known as chicken cacciatore. It was so delicious that I raced home and begged my mother to make it for dinner the very next night. And the next night. And the next. In fact, I remember begging her to make this same dish every single night for nearly two months despite the fact that she was sick to her stomach from too much chicken cacciatore. Interestingly enough, I never really loved chicken on its own, and tomatoes always nauseated me, but I enjoyed the down-home feeling of the dish and the lessons I learned cooking it with my mother. Although I finally got sick of chicken cacciatore (I haven’t eaten it in over 12 years!), I will always remember the time I spent with my mother in the kitchen learning how to cook. Even more so, I will always remember my mother’s sacrifices as she forced down chicken cacciatore night after night to make me happy. So, to me, my mother is and forever will be associated with that chicken cacciatore!


 

Mom’s the Word – Mother’s Day...

 

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This Mother’s Day greeting comes from Jay Eidelman who develops and manages content for Kosher.com.

My mother is a great baker of cakes. For birthdays growing up my brothers and I were always feted with her upside down apple cake, a kind of cobbler made with a cake batter topping. On Rosh Hashanah her honey cake is sublime. Sweet without being cloying and rich without any hint of the burnt caramel flavor that does in so many honey cakes. These days, it’s my mom’s stunningly scrumptious dark chocolate cake, which she makes weekly for Shabbat, that I miss so acutely living away.


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