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Mother’s Day Cookbook Giveaway

Jan's Stuffed Eggplant

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Lisa Schroeder is a chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, and a busy mom. Her Portland restaurant, Mother’s Bistro & Bar is “an ode to all things motherly” where Lisa’s “Mother Food,” the ultimate comfort food, if you ask me, is made from scratch daily with fresh, high-quality ingredients (just like Mom’s!).

This Mother’s Day, we’re saluting moms like Lisa who honor home cooking (and cooks) with recipes that compel families around kitchen tables. Check out the excerpts from Lisa’a book Mother’s Best and upload one of your own mom-inspired recipes to our Recipe Exchange or post a comment about your favorite “Mother Food.” I’ll pick one recipe and one comment at random on Tuesday, May 11, 2010. The random picks will each receive a copy of Mother’s Best.

Main Dishes:

Chicken Cacciatore Recipe Jan's Stuffed Eggplant Recipe
Chicken Cacciatore   Jan’s Stuffed Eggplant
Chicken and Dumplings Recipe Manhattan Clam Chowder Recipe
Chicken and Dumplings   Manhattan Clam Chowder

Breakfast/Brunch and Dessert:

Migas (Scrambled Eggs with Corn Tortillas) Recipe Mother's Crunchy French Toast Recipe
Migas (Scrambled Eggs with Corn Tortillas)   Mother’s Crunchy French Toast
Almond Poppy Seed Pancakes Recipe Coconut Cream Pie Recipe
Almond Poppy Seed Pancakes   Coconut Cream Pie

Now, go ahead and gush about mom’s cooking below or share one of her recipes with us. It could be worth a copy of Mother’s Best!

Update: Congrats to katiekat and rondash. Both will be cooking from Mother’s Best in no time. Thanks for your comments, everyone!


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  • Biffhank | 05/07/2010

    My mom worked a full time job and raised two kids when there were no convenience foods or time-savers. She still put a great meal on the table each meal and cleaned up the kitchen with my dad every time. She may not have inspired me in the kitchen with her too-busy schedule and limited time to teach cooking but she inspired me with her cooking to care about what I eat and take time to make it right. In the last 10 year or so I've gotten into baking and I think about all the desserts made in my Southern home and town. The South is very big on desserts and having a "company cake" on hand for visitors. I feel that tradition is in my veins and I'm carrying it on...even if I do live in the Northwest Pacific area now. I just mailed my mom some oatmeal berry cookies made from scratch and barely cooled from the oven to share our love of good food and me being so lucky to have such a great mom and (now) friend.

  • Millier | 05/07/2010

    My mother made the BEST divinity candy ever. When she made it at Christmas for my school parties it was green and for Valentine's parties it was red. Absolutely delicious. It took both of us to spoon it out before you could not handle it anymore. My mother also made the best homemade from scratch Coconut Cake I have ever tasted and the best Caramel Cake. Unfortunately I cannot find her recipes anywhere. I loved all of her cooking-very basic things, but the divinity and cakes were the best ever!

  • sugarshock | 05/07/2010

    Food is central to every culture, and a mom always seems to know just what to make for all occasions (from holiday dinners and special occasions to bad test scores and broken hearts). My husband remembers his mother through the recipes I was able to salvage and the others I took the time to experiment with and nail down from his memories of taste and smell. I can only hope that when my son is older and moved away, that he remembers the love I put into every meal, and that when I'm gone he feels the warmth of that love in the recipes and traditions passed down to him. Happy Mother's Day to all the Mothers of the World.

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