I’ve been surrounded by loving moms all of my life. I’m lucky and know that. Growing up I had my own Mom and the mothers of my childhood best friends, and in my adult life, I got to add to my circle my mother-in-law and the sweet moms at my church—I’ve always seen and known in person what a great mother looks like.
Growing up, my Mom was the one that made all of the meals in our home. But, it took some practice. When my Michigan Mom married my Alabama Dad and moved south, she had no idea how to cook. She couldn’t even boil an egg, as my Dad likes to tease her. But with some practice, she got the hang of it. Now, she loves to cook and bake and is a great cook.
The moms of my childhood best friends were fantastic cooks, too. They knew what Southern food was all about. I never went hungry when I went to visit my friends. My mother-in-law and the ladies from my church have shown me many lovely new ways of cooking and have inspired what I take to our church fellowships for sure. I’m not saying it’s a competition, but I think we all like to know we’ve brought something that people are waiting to get a bite of. Evidence is when people go straight to the dessert table to get a piece of Mrs. Violet’s Pecan Pie or my mother-in-law’s Swiss Chocolate Cake, before even hitting the main dishes.
My love for cooking has been influenced by many wonderful women. And I hope my children will one day have sweet stories to tell about our times in the kitchen and favorite foods I made for them. (Maybe they’ll forget the times I burned the biscuits or had to throw out the marinara sauce that just didn’t work.)
For now, their compliments are when they say they want leftovers. When they fuss over who gets to take it to school the next day I know I’ve done well and can sit back with a nice proud smile on my face. I don’t know any cook who doesn’t love to hear wonderful words expressed about her dish or seeing every piece of food on the platter vanish. I know I love it when someone is happy eating my food. It’s worth the burnt fingers, frazzled hair from the humidity in the kitchen, and the stress that sometimes comes from pulling off enough food for a gathering (and keeping it warm).
Another cooking mom that is a standout and inspiration to many, including me, is Paula. She’s a great mother! She loves her boys with all her heart and might, and they love and respect her, too. You see how proud she is when the boys walk into the room. She has raised them to appreciate food and share their love of it with the world.
So to honor mothers everywhere, we thought we would highlight some great recipes in our May/June issue of Cooking With Paula Deen that you can whip up just for your mom.
We know she’s usually the one putting dinner on the table, so why not turn it around and prepare her a special menu. We‘ve come up with a lovely Sunday dinner that will have her blushing from the fantastic meal you made especially for her. An Heirloom Tomato and Artichoke Salad starts it off and a Lemon, Pepper, and Garlic Roasted Chicken with Roasted Asparagus and Baby Carrots paired with Pecan-Parsley Rice rounds out the main course. Plus, Mom is going to love the Raspberry Swirl Pound Cake we offer as dessert, and you will too! Click here to get the recipes!
Be sure to give Mom a gift that she can enjoy later with a cup of coffee or hot tea. Our Vanilla Bean Scones with Orange Butter are not only tasty, but also beautiful when packaged. We even have a sweet tag for you to download, print, and to attach to make it complete.
It’s time to celebrate Mom. She’ll love a special dinner or baked treat just as much as she loved the lopsided clay flowerpot and ice-pop-stick picture frame you gave her as a child. She cherishes your hard work, and it will be worth the effort to see her smile. Happy Mother’s Day!