I'm back and so very glad to be. My cooking juices flow best between semesters, and I just taught my last class til I start again in September. First on my list: a lovely Mother's Day dinner for my family. There will be 8 of us.
Here's what I'm thinking so far, and I would appreciate any thoughts.
Chilled Asparagus Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette (Flexitarian Table) (Beetlebug, I agree with you, what a loathsome title for such a lovely book).
Daube of Beef in the Style of Gascony
Fried Cornmeal Porridge Cakes in the Style of Gascony (both from Wolfert's The Cooking of Southwest France. Not only have I wanted to cook from this for a while, but it's particularly appropriate since Paula calls this cuisine "women's cooking". Oakjoan, I know you are a fan).
Sauteed Baby Artichokes with Garlic and Wine (more Flexitarian)
Apricot Honey Almond Tart (Wells, At Home in Provence)
Ice Cream from The Perfect Scoop (haven't yet decided which)
I have made some cranberry vodka and will make some signature cocktail that involves fresh lime juice. We'll have lots of wine and laughs (3 generations....times to cherish, for sure).
So, Happy Mother's Day, and I'd love to hear your comments as well as what you might be planning.