Mom’s Recipes for Lucky Readers
Hello readers! What a fabulous day in Boston! It is in the 70’s and sunny, and my Mom and I had a great time together! My Mom does home organizing (amongst other things) and I now have the most amazingly organized closet filled with some wonderful new garments. A new haircut and a delicious brunch later, my Mom is back on the road to go home and I am missing her terribly. Don’t you hate to say goodbye when family visits?
In order to save some money last night my Mom brought some food with her that she had made at home. Some of my favorite summertime meal are what I think of as French snacky dinners: bits of pate, cheese, soup, and salad that are amazing separately and create perfect harmony on your plate. They are the perfect meals for good conversation and a warm breeze. That is exactly what my Mom brought into my kitchen last night and, along with some glasses of white wine, we spent quality time catching up and talking about one of our favorite topics: food.
I talk about my Mom a lot in this blog, often getting inspiration from meals she has made or including tips she has used over her years as a culinary master. And tonight, my dear friends, I have a real treat for you. Mom has so kindly offered to share two of her recipes with you from last night. Both are simple, extremely flavorful, and I cross my heart they would please anyone from your next door neighbor to the Queen of England.
Spicy Red Pepper Paprika Soup
1 can diced tomatoes, strained
1 onion, chopped
1 jar of roasted red peppers (or roast 2 peppers of your own)
1/2 pint chicken stock
1 chili pepper, chopped
2 tablespoons paprika
1/3 cup cream
Soften the onion in a little olive oil. Add the tomatoes, red peppers, and chicken stock. Reduce for 5 minutes.
Add the chili flakes and paprika. Reduce further for 20 minutes.
Add the cream and puree the soup in a blender. Then sieve the soup to get out any tomato or pepper seeds and any unnecessary chunks.
Serve with a splash of cream or some fresh parsley.
Chicken Liver Pate
*Note: I know many people dislike chicken livers. Please take my word that you will adore this. My best childhood friend refused to eat this when we were 9, and then one day she tried it. And she fell in love. Now we are 24. Since October my Mom has made this for her at least 4 times, per her personal request. It is an addiction that will last a lifetime 🙂
1 onion, chopped
1 pint chicken livers (Mom encourages organic)
1 pint mushrooms, chopped
3 tablespoons white wine
2 tablespoons brandy
4 tablespoons butter
Fry the onion until soft in a little oil.
Rinse the chicken livers and add them to the onions.
Add the mushrooms and cook until the livers are cooked through.
Add the white wine, brandy, and 2 tablespoons of butter. Cook a few more minutes.
Put the mixture into a food processor and process until smooth.
Melt the last 2 tablespoons of butter.
Put the pate into a bowl. Smooth the top. Cover with the melted butter and refrigerated until the butter is set (you do not have to eat the butter on top, it is to help conserve the pate. But if you are like me, a little extra butter couldn’t hurt!)
Serve with your favorite crackers or crusty french bread.
We ate both of these things with some lettuce salad (dressed with my Mom’s white balsamic dressing, based on this recipe), some chopped tomatoes, crackers, and a local Vermont brie cheese. I couldn’t get enough!
It was so wonderful having my Mom around with me all of last night and today; we hadn’t seen each other since Christmas (far to long, Mom!). And tonight Z gets home…he has actually been away at his parents house for his spring break! I’m now off to enjoy the warmth while its still around. I keep forgetting its only March! And so many thanks to my Mom, for not only the amazing food and organizational help, but for being the most wonderful, amazing Mom ever!
What is your favorite family recipe?