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Mother's Day Recipes and Menus

Mothers are very special and deserve all of the thanks we can give for the many things they do for us during our lifetimes. My mother is no longer with us, but I still celebrate the day in her honor, serving some of her favorite foods each year. This year, I have posted two menus that are easy and delicious. If Dad and the kids want to surprise Mom but are somewhat challenged in the kitchen, they can easily prepare and serve either meal with confidence. The breakfast menu features waffles, one of Mom's most requested breakfasts. She usually made waffles using a boxed mix or, if from scratch, always used regular all-purpose flour. At some point, I starting using whole wheat flour and Mom actually liked them more than her waffles. I posted both versions so that you can choose.

In my family, Mom was always the one to prepare the Mother's Day dinner, especially when my grandmother was still alive to join us. She just loved to cook. Of course, as we got older, we helped as much as she would allow. Although Mom sometimes experimented with gourmet or fancy meals for the immediate family, special occasion Sunday meals were always casual and included good, home-style foods. With that in mind, I decided to feature one of my mother's best main dishes for a family gathering, oven-braised beef brisket. Although it takes several hours to cook, it is all hands off time. The side dishes are the perfect accompaniments for the roast and require minimal preparation. The simple but delicious dessert features a springtime favorite, strawberries. For additional choices, similar recipe links are included on each individual recipe page. If you still don't find what you are looking for, you can use the search boxes provided or browse the Recipe Files for many more ideas. I hope you and your mother will enjoy.


Mother's Day Breakfast Menu Family Dinner Menu
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Breakfast Menu

Fruit or Vegetable Juice

Regular or Whole Wheat Waffles
served with
Butter and Maple or Berry Syrup

Maple-Glazed Bacon

Fresh Fruit and Berries

Coffee or Tea

Preparation Notes: This is a very simple breakfast menu that Dad can prepare with minimal effort and include the children in the process. Very young children can do tasks such as rinsing the berries and stirring the waffle batter. Older children can help prepare the bacon, cut the fruit, pour the juice or coffee and cook the waffles. If desired, dust the waffles with a little confectioners' sugar and top the fruit with a dollop of vanilla yogurt. To serve the breakfast in bed, place a linen napkin on a bed tray and add a small bud vase (or glass) with two or three beautiful cut flowers. If Mom prefers to eat at the dining room table, as mine did, set the table in the same manner.

Family Dinner Menu

Mom's Oven-Braised Beef Brisket

Sour Cream Smashed Potatoes

Buttered Green Beans with Onions

Nana Ranck's Cabbage Slaw

Pound Cake with Strawberries
and Whipped Cream

made with
store-bought or homemade
Old-Fashioned Pound Cake

Preparation Notes: This is a delicious family dinner menu that can be prepared by a novice, but will still intrigue the more experienced cook. If using homemade pound cake, make it at least the day before, cool, wrap with plastic wrap and store as directed in the recipe. The slaw can be prepared one day ahead or in the morning and refrigerated. In the morning, prepare the strawberries and whipped cream and refrigerate. If using fresh bulk beans, clean and refrigerate. Check the time on the brisket. Start it at least three hours before serving, keeping in mind that it can be covered and held at a low temperature in the oven for up to an hour. All that is left to do is cook the potatoes and beans according to the recipes. Even if Mom is cooking the meal, she can relax and enjoy her day.

Mom's Oven-Braised Beef Brisket

Beef Brisket Recipe Photo