Saturday, May 7, 2011

A Special Mother's Day Blog

Good afternoon fellow bloggers! I wanted to do a special Mother's Day edition entry, obviously, to celebrate Mother's Day. Mom's are a special part of our world. They brought us into this world and love us no matter what. Celebrating one day is just plain silly. You should show mom just how special she is every day, be it a phone call or knocking on her door when you want to see her. I'm guilty of not showing my mom how special she is, but I need to start, immediately. Don't waste time fighting or ignoring each other. Remember, mom won't live forever. But make the best out of the time you have and remember, she IS special. That is what Mother's Day is all about: MOM. And that is what this blog entry is all about. I am including a full day's worth of meals, starting with breakfast and working your way through lunch and dinner. So, if you are ready, let's get this ball rolling!

Ham and Cheese Breakfast Quiche

You will need:

  • 2 (12 ounce) packages frozen hash brown potatoes
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup cooked diced ham
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Squeeze any excess moisture from the potatoes and combine them with the melted butter or margarine in a small bowl.
  3. Press this mixture into the bottom and sides of an un-greased 10 inch pie pan.
  4. Bake at 425 degrees for 25 minutes.
  5. Remove pan from oven and arrange the ham and cheese evenly over the potatoes.
  6. In a separate small bowl, beat together the eggs and the cream.
  7. Pour the eggs and cream over the ham and cheese.
  8. Return the pan to the oven and bake for 425 degrees for 30 minutes, or until the custard has completely set.
  9. Serve, and watch Mom's face glow!

Now onto Lunch!

Chicken Scampi

You will need:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon peel
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or basil

  1. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper and cut into strips, then set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, melt butter over low heat.
  3. Add onion and garlic, then cook until tender, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken and increase your heat to medium.
  5. Cook and stir until chicken is cooked through, about 4 to 6 minutes.
  6. Stir in the lemon juice, lemon peel, and parsley and serve immediately over hot cooked rice or a rice pilaf.

Now onto a dinner fit for a queen!

Bacon-Wrapped Filet Mignon

You will need:

  • 4 filet mignons (about 1 and 1/2 to 2 inches thick)
  • 4 slices bacon
  • Wooden toothpicks
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • Salt and pepper

  1. Wrap each filet in a strip of bacon.
  2. Fix bacon strips to filets with toothpicks.
  3. Lightly brush the top and bottom of each filet with olive oil.
  4. Rub 1/4 of garlic onto each filet.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Grill over medium high heat until bacon starts to crisp, approximately 5 to 7 minutes per side, for medium rare (or longer if you like it well done).
  7. Serve and finish off Mother's Day with a boom!

 Pictured Above: Chicken Scampy
 Pictured Above: Filet Mignon
 Pictured Above: Ham and Cheese Quiche

I hope you all have a magnificent Mother's Day. Cherish your mom and try your best to be good to her, I mean after all, you are in this world because of her. Good night everyone!