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.

Super Sliders, Wings, and Bowls of Dip

This weekend’s the Super … excuse to eat wings, sliders, and Bowls of dip. Super, big Bowls of dip. Because of football, and because wings, sliders, and dip are among our favorite foods. It’s big game weekend, and big flavors are necessary.

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 Let’s start with sliders. So easy, and with so many ways to top them.

Bacon and Blue – any blue cheese – we have Point Reyes and Ludwig Farmstead Creamery’s triple creme Vermillion River Blue with locally-made Salume Beddu bacon. Garnish with Missouri Wild Edibles’ new Norton mustard, made with red wine from Chaumette Winery.

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Double Pepper Jack – melt local Marcoot Jersey Creamery Habanero Jack over your burger and garnish with diced Scrumptious Farms Beaver Dam Peppers for extra kick. Balance it out with some sweetness from Scrumptious Farms Fruity Catsup.

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Martha’s Pimento Cheeseburger – Put a big dollop of Martha’s Pimento Cheese on your slider.

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Mushroom SwissKenny’s Farmhouse Swiss melted with Ozark Forest Dried Woodland Mushroom Medley that have been rehydrated, then sauted in butter.

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American Classic – Marcoot’s Tipsy Cheddar, Scrumptious Foods’ Smoky Catsup, and sliced Brinery Dilly Dally pickles.

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Need some poultry for your party? We’ve got ten big hot wing recipes at Larder and Cupboard that use some of our favorite products. Here’s a sample:

Verde Hot Wings

3 pounds chicken wings, separated

1 stick butter, melted

1 bottle Mission Taco Joint Super Spicy Serrano Hot Sauce

1  cup Scrumptious Foods Beaver Dam Peppers, finely chopped

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  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a saucepan, combine butter and hot sauce and heat. Dip raw wings in the sauce.

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Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake 45 minutes or until cooked through and crispy.

3. Plate. Top with peppers.

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Our friends gave these wings, which start slow and heat to a lingering light burn, a big thumbs up.

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That’s Beckie Miller-Jacobs, owner of Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream.

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And that’s Mike Emerson of Pappy’s Smokehouse fame. When he likes your wings, you’re doing something right.

If you have wings, you’ve got to have blue cheese dip, right? We’re going to up your blue cheese dip game with award-winning Point Reyes Blue Cheese, Quince & Apple Shallot Confit with Red Wine, a handful of bacon, and very, very little work

 

Blue Cheese Dip with Shallots and Bacon

Makes 2 cups

1 16-ounce jar mayonnaise

1 cup sour cream or creme fraiche

4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled

1 jar Quince & Apple Shallot Confit with Red Wine

1 fresh shallot, minced and divided

4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled

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1. Whisk together mayo and sour cream. Add blue cheese, confit, and half of the raw shallot, stirring until well-mixed.

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  1. Place in serving bowl. Top with bacon and shallots.

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Congratulations! You just won game day! Stop by Larder and Cupboard on Friday and Saturday for samples and more recipes.