10:09 AM EDT, May 9, 2013
Here's a Mother's Day gift suggestion that will keep you out of the mall and it's just the right fit for the occasion: Make a family cookbook on your home computer. Add photos and anecdotes to personalize the work and go to a photocopy center to bind the pages. In the meantime let's dish about other ideas:
Mad about mom. About 80 million American adults will celebrate Mother's Day on Sunday in a restaurant. (In fact, we can help you select a restaurant for Mom at OrlandoSentinel.com/mothersday.) But I'd wager there are many celebrations that will start in the home kitchen this weekend.
Here are gift ideas that don't involve making reservations:
•Cook for mom. It could be brunch or dinner, just something that shows you have been paying attention to the importance of family time around the table and her favorite foods.
If you need inspiration, today at my blog (OrlandoSentinel.com/thedish) you'll meet Winter Park mom Kellie Welsh, whose birthday celebration included a to-die-for chocolate cake with salted caramel icing. The best part of the party? Her 14-year-old twin daughters, who love to bake, made the cake. Seriously, could any other present compete with that? And, yes, I am sharing the recipe.
•Buy the book. Three recent works would make great gifts:
"Mad Hungry Cravings" by Lucinda Scala Quinn is the latest work from the guru of real family meals. The author is the executive food editor of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and mother of three boys.
Scala Quinn is an expert at keeping the family involved in the meal-making process. A trip to the grocery store can be a learning experience for little ones and setting the table and cleaning the dishes involve family members in specific and important ways. And she encourages all parents to not miss out on the gifts of sitting at home with your family around the dining-room table. Check out the book's recipe for Teriyaki-Glazed Wings at OrlandoSentinel.com/thedish. My other favorite recipes include Spinach Zucchini Lasagna and Lamb Chops Bathed in Greek Herbs.
"But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria!: Adventures in Eating, Drinking, and Making Merry" is written by New Orleans resident Julia Reed, a frequent television commentator, former reporter for the Orlando Sentinel and a contributing editor at Garden & Gun magazine.
A master storyteller, Reed gives readers an insider's view of her native Mississippi Delta and Florida's Gulf Coast as well as snippets of her global travels. Sip a perfect Pimm's Royale with her at the Paris Ritz and learn entertaining tips from accomplished hostesses ranging from Pat Buckley to Pearl Bailey and, of course, Reed's own mother. Today at my blog, I share the sangria recipe — with vodka, of course.
"Off the Eaten Path Second Helpings" by Morgan Murphy is a Southern food crawl that includes stops at The Bubble Room in Captiva Island, Frenchy's Café in Clearwater, Indian Pass Raw bar in Port St. Joe and Metro Diner in Jacksonville. If your mother likes foodie road trips this is the book for her.
Murphy's book is jampacked with stories about interesting eateries and watering holes in 16 Southern states. And the book is liberally peppered with signature recipes from each stop.
Heather McPherson can be reached at 407-420-5498, Twitter@OS_thedish and firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow daily food news at OrlandoSentinel.com/thedish.
Get the dish
Check out the Morning Mix with Scott McKenzie recipe of the week, Salmon With Mango Salsa, at OrlandoSentinel.com/thedish.
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