Mother's Day by wuyunqing


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                 Mary                                                                                                                        Mother’s Day
De-stress the
                                       Southern cooking                                                                                      A sweet and savory
 day with a                              grows in popularity                                                                                  French Toast for
tranquil cup                                                                                                                                    Mother’s Day
   of tea                                                                                                                                                          ALISON LADMAN
                                                                                                                                                                      Associated Press
        friend recently
A       showed me an
        unopened box of
cinnamon-honey graham
                                                                                                                                               This easy-to-assemble casserole can be put together
                                                                                                                                             the night before, refrigerated and baked just before serv-
                                                                                                                                             ing on Mother's Day. This also is an easy recipe for the
                                                                                                                                             kids to help with. Let them whisk the eggs, layer the
crackers.                                                                                                                                    bread and pour the egg mixture.
   “I got these so I could sit
down at three o’clock                                                                                                                               BAKED SAUSAGE-STUFFED FRENCH TOAST
every afternoon for a nice,                                                                                                                    Start to finish: 1 hour 15 minutes (15 minutes active)
quiet cup of tea, and get                                                                                                                      Servings: 9
rid of my stress,” she told
                                                                                                                                               12-ounce package maple breakfast sausages, casings
me, plaintively. “But I’ve                                                                                                                   removed
just been too rushed.”                                                                                                                         6 eggs
   Another friend recount-                                                                                                                     2
                                                                                                                                                ⁄3 cup milk
ed how her home eco-                                                                                                                           1
                                                                                                                                                ⁄4 cup maple syrup
nomics professor urged
students to always set                                                                                                                         8 slices oatmeal bread
aside twenty minutes of                                                                                                                        12 slices sharp cheddar cheese
each day for a quiet cup of
tea. “Do not let anything                                                                                                                                        See FRENCH TOAST, C2
or anyone – not even your
best friends or your family
– interfere. Use a nice,                                                                                           JUDI BOTTONI / AP
China teacup, sit in a                 Chef John Besh prepares a pork belly and crawfish salad with spring vegetables and sugar
comfortable chair and put              cane vinaigrette in his New Orleans restaurant. Southern cooking, once thought of as a
your feet up, and don’t                cuisine in which everything was fried, or overcooked, or soaked in gravy or full of fat, has
think about anything that              taken on a new luster and sparked a growing interest.
worries or upsets you.”
   But this prescription for
domestic tranquility elud-
ed my friend. “I keep try-               Different cultures, tastes and
ing – I even bought myself
a very nice, special, expen-
sive teacup,” she said rue-               ingredients combine to give
fully, “but I still haven’t

                                       Southern cooking a new definition
                                                                                                                                                                                            LARRY CROWE / AP
managed the twenty min-
utes a day, all for myself.”                                                                                                                 Baked sausage-stuffed French toast is seen in this photo.
                                                                                                                                             Perfect for mom on Mother's Day morning this recipe can be
   It’s interesting that, for
                                                                                                                                             assembled the night before then just popped in the oven before
so many of us, hot tea is                            MARY FOSTER                        This year's James Beard Foundation                   she wakes up.
the ultimate beverage for                             Associated Press                cookbook awards, for example. All
relaxation and tranquility.               NEW ORLEANS — Contemporary                  three of the finalists for top American
Cold tea is a cooling,                 southern cooking is getting a taste of         book are southern — "My New
thirst-quenching, drink for
hot summer days. Coffee
                                       something fresh — respect.
                                          Even above the Mason-Dixon Line,
                                       the food of the South no longer is
                                                                                      Orleans," by John Besh; "Real Cajun,"
                                                                                      by Donald Link; and "The Lee Bros.
                                                                                      Simple Fresh Southern," by Matt Lee
                                                                                                                                              An easy egg-in-bed
is a wide-awake, and all
too often, grab-and-go
item. Hot tea is soothing
                                       about fried chicken and barbecue clich-
                                       es. It's a celebration of local, vibrant
                                       produce and carefully raised meats; of
                                                                                      and Ted Lee.
                                                                                        Food & Wine magazine will even
                                                                                      devote its September issue to the region
                                                                                                                                                 breakfast that
and relaxing, a contempla-
                                                                                                                                               anyone can make
                                       exotic ingredients like collards, okra,        and its food.
tive drink.                            pork bellies and grits; and of traditions        "We've seen a huge rise in interest in
   But about six years ago,            and cultures as deep, varied and flavor-       the food of the South outside the
Yvonne Thomasson-                      ful as the foods.                              South," says Dana Cowin, the maga-
Powers came up with at                    "The South has always been cyclically       zine's editor-in-chief. "We're seeing an                                        J.M. HIRSCH
least a partial solution for                                                                                                                                          Associated Press
                                       hip," says John T. Edge, director of           expansion of ideas for southern food
those of us who believe in             Southern Foodways Alliance. "But now           being adopted by cooks in other areas.                   Surely, Mom is worth 5 minutes work?
the restorative effects of a           it's become a permanent condition.             There are people doing wonderful                         Because that's all it takes to make these comforting
quiet cup of good hot tea              America is coming to appreciate the            southern cooking in New York, in                       baked eggs that beg to be eaten in bed on Mother's Day.
served in an elegant cup.              range of culture and tradition in the          Boston, in Chicago."                                   The egg mixture — a simple blend of eggs, sour cream,
After 20 years as a restau-            South."                                          In many ways, the South has benefit-                 dill, salt and pepper — even can be whisked together
                                          That appreciation has made it possible      ed from a growing national interest in                 the night before.
rant manager in a very                 to dine on great down-home food in
demanding environment,                                                                local and crafted foods.                                 The cooking is equally effortless. The eggs are poured
                                       places as varied as Oregon, Illinois and
she opened the Magnolia                                                                 "A few years ago you used to go to                   into ramekins then slowly baked in a water bath to keep
                                       New York.
Tea Company in                                                                        the farmer's market and everything was                 them moist. A water bath is just a baking dish filled
                                          At Hungry Mother in Cambridge,
Leesburg’s Lake Square                 Mass., for example, chef Barry Maiden          from Florida or California," says                      with hot water into which you place the ramekins in
Mall.                                  serves up what he and his partners call        Kathleen Purvis, food editor at the                    the oven.
                                       "contemporary American" food. The              Charlotte Observer and chairwoman of
   As a restaurant manager,
                                       menu sports cornmeal-dredged catfish           the James Beard Book Awards                                            See EGG BREAKFAST, C2
she side-stepped stress by                                                            Committee. "Now it's locally grown for
retreating to her office for           and other southern classics that draw on
                                       Maiden's childhood in rural southern           the most part, and that is certainly a
a quiet, undisturbed tea                                                              reflection of southern cooking, which is
break. Now she continues                                                              closely tied to the land."                                                                            Baked dill eggs
                                          "For a few years now I think southern
to indulge the passion for             cooking has become known as a serious            She also thinks the interest isn't all                                                              with shrimp
tea developed over the                 type of cooking," Maiden said.                 that new, pointing out that Craig                                                                     and sour cream
years, and offers the same                That interest also has produced a flood     Claiborne was writing about the South                                                                 is seen in this
type of escape for shoppers            of award-winning cookbooks and chefs           during the '70s, and Joe Dabney won a                                                                 photo.
and workers in the area.               that can do better than just hold their
   The enterprise began as a           own against the rest of the country.                      See SOUTHERN, C3
teashop and gift shop,
                                                                                                                                                                                            LARRY CROWE / AP
offering a mind-boggling
array of teas to choose
from, scones, baked fresh
daily, and a restful
Victorian atmosphere. It
quickly became known as
                                 Saving on groceries by knowing when to shop
a place to relax after a try-                                                                                           the grocery store. You get to take         Kraft dressings and get free produce

                                    t can be tough being frugal in
ing day of work or shop-            the right here, right now type of                                                   advantage of that. More often than         up to $1”. You can use coupons on
ping, a place to bring              world we live in. The easy way                                                      not when you visit the meat depart-        the dressing and bring your cost
granddaughters to choose         can be buying the pre-packaged                                                         ment on Thursday or Friday morn-           down and get your produce free.
their own special pot of         foods, bundle packs, super-size
                                                                                                Tanya                   ing, you will find price stickers that     You do not have to buy a big pack-
tea from the myriad of fla-      meals in a box, etc. The frugal way                            Senseney                say $3 off or $5 off meat, poultry,        age of produce. Break it down,
vors, and also as a likely       can mean buying meals to cook,                                                         seafood, etc. This is a great savings      weigh it and get it to $1. If your
                                                                                                 Coupon Queeny
place to find that very spe-     regular-size meals when eating out,                                                    to your pocket book.                       grapes are $1.99 a pound, get a 1/2
cial gift.                       instead of bundle packs using your           Have you ever visited your grocery           Another item in the grocery store       pound instead and then it’s free.
   Eventually, she expand-       coupons and buying individual              stores meat department on a                 that can sometimes add to your bill          I heard many comments from last
                                 packs.                                                                                 is fresh produce. There are ways to        week’s article on being frugal and
ed, opening the adjacent           Yes, being a Frugalista and a
                                                                            Thursday or Friday morning? This is
                                                                                                                        save on it. Try buying your bananas        loved them all. Keep sending me all
“Parlor,” and to offer ex-       coupon queen, I have found that            when they have reduced the meat to
                                                                                                                        a little green, they will last longer.     your frugal ideas. I will be listing
quisitely prepared and bea-      buying a bundle pack doesn't always        get ready for the weekend. There is         Also look for coupons where you            them all soon.
utifully served food. In no      save you money or ounces. You can          nothing wrong with the meat, they           can get free produce when you buy
time, the place became a         also buy foods that are pre-packaged,      (butchers) just have very strict FDA        another item. You can use coupons          Would you like Coupon Queeny to speak at
magnet for ladies’ groups        but instead of eating everything           rules and have to move the fresh            on that item and still get your pro-       your organization or group? Contact me at
                                                                            meat out quickly to make room for                                             for more infor-
from area churches, Red Hat      from a box, add fresh food and veg-                                                    duce free.                                 mation. Please visit her website for more
                                 etables to it. You can be a Frugalista     the fresh meat over the weekend.                Currently there is a coupon out        information: or
      See RYDER, C3              and still eat fresh.                       The weekend is the busiest time for         from Kraft that states “Buy any 2          email her at:

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