It’s the end of Week One of my Mother’s Day giveaway series with the wonderful UnCommonGoods, and I am so glad to see that so many of you are excited about the possibility of sharing a glass of aerated wine in these lovely glasses with your mamas! So without further ado, I’m glad to announce the lucky winner, who will now get to check an uncommonly good Mother’s Day gift off their shopping list!
I’m not sure why we don’t have salmon more often in my house. It’s light and delicious and I think it is actually one of the so-called power foods, along with broccoli and blueberries and dark chocolate and bacon. What? Bacon isn’t a power food? Maybe in some people’s world’s it isn’t, but in mine, bacon is the undisputed leader of the power food brigade. But back at the salmon, periodically I realize that it is good and good for you, especially when you drizzle it in a super-simple, super-delicious buttery white wine sauce.
I recently gave myself a challenge to work veggies into everything, and I do mean everything, that I make the Southern husband for dinner. Sometimes that works out as a side dish, like mustard bacon asparagus or a nice Bloody Mary salad. But we are great pasta lovers, and as it turns out, tomatoes are not the only vegetable in town that can be best friends with your plate of pasta. As it turns out, pan-roasted cauliflower with bacon in a buttery white wine sauce is a delightful way to eat your veggies.
As a mother, and as someone who has an amazing mother, I feel it is my responsibility to tell you that Mother’s Day is going to be here in a little over one short month. That gives you about 5 weeks or so to find the perfect gift for the person who, in addition to one million other things, may have spent her birthday in 20 hours of labor, thereby missing going out to eat for her birthday dinner at a swanky restaurant. And okay, Southern daughter, you ARE the best birthday present I ever have or will get, but there’s still that 20 hours of labor thing. And so for all of you looking (as I am sure the Southern daughter is doing Right This Minute) for the perfect unusual Mother’s Day gift, I am here to help!
One of my favorite things to do is to experiment with making some of the things we usually buy in jars and cans and boxes at the supermarket. The trick is, they have to be less of an effort than getting in the car, driving to the market, putting it in the cart, waiting in the checkout line and unloading it at home. So far, the things I have figured out that are both faster and more delicious than that whole process include ricotta cheese, hummus and butter. Pickles aren’t as fast (they do have to pickle themselves for a week or two) but they taste one million times better. And now I can add peanut butter to this list!
Welcome to the latest in my series of One Bowl Suppers! If you are just tuning in to this channel now, the Southern husband and I are having a weekly one bowl supper that features a whole grain, a protein, some kind of greens, some kind of colorful veggie and a drizzle of dressing. We’ve experimented so far with steak, with seared tuna and with salmon, and this time we gave jarred tuna a go. And once again, experimenting with a completely made-up-at-the-drop-of-a-hat combo of flavors and ingredients didn’t let us down!