Feed Mom for Mother’s Day

You mean you haven’t bought something nice for your mom for Mother’s Day yet? Getting down to the wire, you know.

That’s okay. Larder & Cupboard has you covered. We’ve made a selection of gift baskets that cater to your mom’s excellent taste. They’re available at the shop, ready to go. Or we’ll help you customize a basket.

Baking With Mom – $55.50

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 My first cooking experience came from playing bakery every Friday with my mom. We’d make cookies, and my grandparents would call the house to place orders. That’s how you raise your kid for a career in the food service industry. If that was your childhood, your mom will be filled with memories from this basket with decidedly more grown-up flavors – Seed Geeks local honey, Hammons Missouri-grown black walnuts, and a selection of smoked and flavored sugars and barrel-aged vanilla from Bourbon Barrel Foods. Really want to take Mom down memory lane? Spend the day baking our honey blondies with her.

Herb Gardener – $57

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It’s prime gardening time. If your mom loves cultivating the earth, give her hand with six packets of locally-sourced, non-GMO heirloom herb seeds from Seed Geeks. For harvest time, there’s a selection of Chef’n fresh herb tools – the ZipStrip makes separating herbs from stems a breeze, while the Herbsicle and Spice Trays help her preserve her bounty into the winter.  We also have Seed Geeks specialty garden seed gifts – Greek, Indian, Mexican, Salsa, and Italian – packaged in a sturdy reusable tin.

 Cheese Lovers – $68

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If your mom still reminds you that she was forced to give up certain cheeses while pregnant with you and uses this information to inflict heaps of guilt, you can make it up to her with our Cheese Lovers Basket. It includes two Boska Professional cheese knives – one for soft cheeses and one for hard – a box of Formaticum cheese bags to extend the life of her favorite cheese for up to three weeks, a Formaticum Cheese Log so she can journal about the great cheeses she samples, and a Grace & I Fruit and Nut Press – the perfect accompaniment to a cheese plate. With our big selection of raw milk and blue cheeses, you can make up for some of the cheeses she gave up for you way back when.

Picnic Basket – $50

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Even though it’s supposed to rain on Mother’s Day, there’s no reason why you can’t spread a picnic blanket on the floor or find shelter under a porch or patio and share a picnic lunch with your mom. This basket has everything for a shared springtime snack – 2 bottles of all-natural Spindrift Soda, and locally-made benne crackers from Juniper to be topped with Salume Beddue salume, Legacy Date Night Chutney, and slices of Grace & I Fruit and Nut Press.

Local Foods Challenge Starter Kit – $68

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 Give your locavore mom a head start on June’s St. Louis Local Food Challenge with a collection of St. Louis-based pantry staples and treats. Legacy Chutney, Ozark Forest Shiitake Soy Sauce, Juniper Catsup, Missouri Wild Edibles Norton Mustard, Salume Beddu ‘Nduja spreadable salami, and an Ozark Forest meal kit will cover her for condiments and give her a meal or two. Got an extra $25 in your gift budget? Sign her up for the challenge so she can get the perks: an invitation to the opening party at Urban Chestnut Brewing Company and the closing party at Tower Grove Farmers Market, commemorative beer glass, a pound of Missouri-grown organic rice, free tastings and classes, a $20 discount on a Fair Shares CSA subscription, a totebag, and a free meal coupon from Chiptole.

Brunch in a Box – $54

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 Your mom probably doesn’t want to go to a crowded restaurant for a brunch buffet on Mother’s Day. I know I’d much rather my kid bring brunch to me. Especially this brunch: lots of Kuva Coffee, Juniper’s buttermilk biscuit mix dripping with Grace & I Raspberry Champagne Preserves or dipped in Blis Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup, with a bowl of Banner Road’s original granola on the side. Bring it to her in bed to make up for all those years you brought her burnt toast and soggy Cheerios.

Cocktail Party – $80

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A toast to Mom with this collection of the most popular cocktail mixers! Introduce her to Wineforest Wild Elderberry Shurb, a Cherry Pickford with Quince and Apple’s Tart Cherry Grenadine (which makes the best cherry soda she’s ever tasted), a brunch favorite with Stu’s Bloody Mary Mix, a selection of classic American whiskey and gin options with Dutch Spirits’ American Era Cocktail Bitters, and a sampling of sweet and savory rimmers from Bourbon Barrel Foods.

Did your mom see St. Louis Magazine’s George Mahe on Great Day St. Louis today? We have all the great goods he demonstrated, and they all make fantastic gifts for food-loving moms – the Boska Cheese Curler and P’Tit Basque sheepsmilk cheese, P&H Hibiscus Soda Syrup (which makes an easy version of Diabolito’s Flora Margarita), Tonewood Maple Cube, and Grace & I  Fruit and Nut Presses.

If you really want to impress Mom, cook for her. We have everything you need – including instructions – for making pasta alla carbonara with Pastaria fresh pasta, or hot wings and blue cheese dip. For dessert, treat her to fig and sweet tea bread pudding or lemon thyme shortbread with pink peppercorn.

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You’re totally Mom’s favorite.

Derby Day

Celebrating the Bluegrass State on Derby Day

 

Get your fancy hat and stock up on your favorite bourbon, because the Kentucky Derby’s around the corner on May 2nd. Larder & Cupboard’s stocked with great Kentucky products and ideas so you can celebrate in style without making the trip to Louisville.

For you cheese table, check out Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese. From their farm 115 miles south of Louisville in Barren County, Kenny Mattingly and his family are regulars at the Louisville Farmers Market, where they sell their raw milk, traditionally-made cheeses.

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Kenny’s Kentucky Swiss will make you forget every flavorless, rubbery Swiss cheese you’ve ever eaten. It’s strong enough to replace some of the Pecorino in your homemade version of Louisville’s beloved Hot Brown. Their decadent St. Jerome is strong and funky, a perfect match with wood-rich bourbons. It’s buttery richness and lingering sweetness pairs well with juleps.

We love Bourbon Barrel Foods. This Louisville-based company embraces the same small-batch ethos as Larder & Cupboard. The make a variety of seasonings that use reclaimed bourbon barrels in the production process.

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Soy sauce, Worcestershire, and vanilla are aged in the barrels.

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Dry seasonings – sugar, sea salt, pepper, and paprika – are given an extra flavor wallop by being smoked with fire fueled by old bourbon barrels. The results are deeper, smoky flavors. We love using all of these items in place of their less-smoky counterparts, but it’s fun to get lost in the company’s recipes. For Derby Day we like their salty Bourbon Pecan Sandies with smoked sea salt, barrel-aged vanilla, and smoked sugar (try the Mint Julep Sugar to tie them in with your cocktails).

Speaking of … Bourbon Barrel and Woodford Reserve make some fine cocktail fixings.

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If juleps aren’t your thing, try their Smoky Old Fashioned with smoked sugar, cherry bitters, and bourbon cherries. Or go north with their Classic Manhattan.

If you’re going to someone else’s Derby Day party, we’ve got the perfect gift for your host – a gift pack of Bourbon Barrel’s smoked seasonings in tiny tins.

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In St. Louis, Juniper captures the flavors of the south, and we have a wide selection of their Gift Horse line.

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Sorghum Butter’s a must-have for Derby Day brunch. Pimento cheese? That’s good for any time of day. Do a sampling with Gift Horse’s version and Martha’s Pimento Cheese. Or make Sean Brock’s pimento cheese with Milton Creamery’s Prairie Breeze, Irene’s Mayonnaise, and Juniper’s hot sauce. They ferment it in the barrels from their proprietary Four Roses Bourbon. And don’t miss Juniper’s next candy box, featuring a Derby-friendly treat.

While we don’t sell cookbooks, we have been perusing some of Kentucky’s finest in the store – “Splendor in the Bluegrass – A Cookbook by the Junior League of Louisville” and “The Kentucky Derby Museum Cookbook”. They’re both compilations of recipes from Louisville residents that are full of inspiration, including Hummingbird Cake. This now-classic made its debut at the 1978 Kentucky State Fair and went on to become Southern Living’s most-requested recipe of all time. The original Hummingbird Cake used a heavy dose of black walnuts, but they often get replaced with pecans since black walnuts can be hard to find. That’s not the case here, because we always have Hammons Black Walnuts from Missouri in stock.

Bourbon slush punch is the right way to cool off after the adrenaline rush of the race. We give our version a little twist with Quince & Apple’s Honey Lemon Syrup. It’ll knock the fancy hat right off your head.

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Bourbon Slush Punch

Yield: 8 one-cup servings

1 cup water

2 iced tea bags

1 cup bourbon

¼ cup Quince & Apple Honey Lemon Syrup

1 ½ cups fresh orange juice

6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

17 ounces small ice cubes

Mint springs or lemon slices for garnish

Bourbon Barrel Mint Julep Sugar for rimming

Boil water for tea bags. Steep until cool. Pour tea into a pitcher. Add bourbon, Quince & Apple Honey Lemon Syrup, and juices and refrigerate until ready to serve.

To serve: Place tea mixture and ice in a blender and blend until the ice is crushed and slushy. Pour into one-cup punch glasses. Garnish with mint, lemon, and Mint Julep Sugar.

And the Winner is … These Oscar Party Snacks!

I’m not a movie person. Or an award show person. But I’m a snacker, so any excuse for a party with salties and sweeties is okay by me. This weekend’s Oscars offer a chance to glam up some old favorites.

You need popcorn, of course. Go super-luxurious and easy by tossing popped corn with Ozark Forest Truffle Butter or Wine Forest Fennel Salt.

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The fennel salt’s sweet and aromatic, perfect for a late-winter hint of spring.

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In Februrary Bon Appetit published a recipe for spicy-sweet Buffalo Wing Popcorn, which we’re loving with Gift Horse Hot Sauce from Juniper.

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Or, if you don’t want to mess with baking your popcorn, make buttered popcorn with a good dose of Spiceologist’s Black and Bleu Rub. We just got our first shipment of it yesterday, and it’s delicious!

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We’re doing a smoky take on kettle corn with Bourbon Smoked Sugar and Salt:

Smoky Kettle Corn

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup popcorn kernels

1/3 cup Bourbon Smoked Sugar

3/4 teaspoon Bourbon Smoked Salt

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the popcorn and sugar. Give the kernels a quick stir and then cover with a lid.

Once the popcorn starts popping, carefully pick the pot up and give it a quick shake every few seconds until the popping slows down, between 3-4 minutes. Remove immediately from the heat and pour the kettle corn into a large bowl.

Sprinkle with salt and serve immediately.

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If you’d prefer all sweet, we have some flavorful twists on the Honey Blondies recipe that ran in Martha Stewart Living in January with bourbon barrel-aged vanilla, Seed Geeks local raw honey, and Missouri-grown Hammons black walnuts.

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Honey Blondies, L&C-Style
Makes 16

1 stick unsalted butter, plus more for pan

1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan

⅓ cup Seed Geeks Honey

¾ cup packed light brown sugar

1 large egg, lightly beaten

2 teaspoons Bourbon-Madagascar Vanilla Extract

1 teaspoon coarse salt
½ cup Hammons recipe-cut black walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8″ square baking pan. Line with parchment, leaving an overhang on two sides, then butter and flour the parchment.

Melt butter and honey in a saucepan. Stir in brown sugar, then transfer to a bowl. Stir in egg and vanilla, then flour, salt and black walnuts until just combined. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan.

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Bake until browned on edges and set, about 28 minutes. Let cool completely in pan set on wire rack, then lift blondies out of pan using parchment overhang. Cut into squares. Blondies can be stored in an airtight container up to three days.

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Top off your Hollywood-style celebration with a classic cocktail named for classic Hollywood honcho, Mary Pickford. Originally pomegranate grenadine gave her signature drink its pink blush, but we’re giving it an award-winning cherry twist with Quince & Apple’s Tart Cherry Grenadine. It won a 2014 Good Food Award – that’s like Best Picture!

Cherry (ahem) Pickford
Makes 1 cocktail

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1.5 ounces white rum

1.5 ounces pineapple juice

1 tsp Quince and Apple Tart Cherry Grenadine
dash of liquid from Woodford Reserve Bourbon Cherries

1 Woodford Reserve Bourbon Cherry for garnish

Combine everything but the cherry in a shaker filled with ice. Shake, pour into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with the cherry.