I cannot recall what permutation of search words plus random craving brought me to this dessert from Martha Stewart, but sure I'm glad it did. Don't you just want to grab this cupcake look-a-like from the picture and eat it in two bites?
In honor of Mother's Day, this post is a simple offering of a lullaby and a favorite recipe from my own mum, one that reminds me of her every time that I make it. And maybe a question to ponder: What nourishes you, and do you have enough of it?
Q: I'm doing a surprise brunch for my mom on Mother's Day (there will be 6 of us total), and I need help planning a menu! I want to make something unexpected (read: no quiche!), delicious and fun. One problem is that everyone is arriving at noon and I don't get home from church until about 10:30, so I will need to have some things done ahead of time. My brother has volunteered to do mimosas and Bloody Marys, so I just need to figure out the food menu.
This recipe started out on a splattered, stained note card in my grandmother's kitchen, and it has made its way into a lovely cookbook that's very personal to me (more on that below). The filling could not be easier to make. You can use it several different ways, but I think these two-bite tartlets would be perfect for Mother's Day or a little girl's baby shower.
We have a secret fondness for those ginormous, over-the-top cakey muffins that walk the line between muffin and cupcake. (Case in point: Sarah Rae's Double Chocolate Butterscotch Muffins made us swoon.) These are not everyday muffins. No, these are most definitely special occasion muffins!
We love serving poached eggs with hollandaise at brunch gatherings, but doing more than a few can end up feeling annoying and time-consuming when hungry guests are waiting out in the dining room. Luckily, eggs can actually be poached ahead of time and then reheated right before serving. Here's what to do!
There are myriad ways to express love and none is better than the other. Much depends on timing and personality and intention. But one of the most common and most powerful ways is though labor--or, to be more descriptive, through making an effort beyond one's own self-concern.
And the kitchen is a perfect place for this labor of love to be expressed.