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.

Cinco de Mayo and Taco Tuesday!

Cinco de Mayo and Taco Tuesday? On the same day?!

That’s right! Larder & Cupboard has lots of new ways to create Mexican flavors, whether it’s for your annual celebration or your weekly taco night, starting with locally-made tortillas made from organic Missouri corn.

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We recently lowered the price on our frozen La Tortilla Buena corn tortillas. Use them instead of your conventional tortillas in your favorite taco and enchilada recipes. Or, try some hyper-local huevos rancheros.

Huevos Rancheros

Serves 4

4 La Tortilla Buena corn tortillas

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1 16-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 tablespoon Mission Taco Joint Morita hot sauce

1/2 cup of your favorite salsa

4 large eggs, fried

1 log Heartland Natural Chevre, cut into 8 rounds

Heat oven to 425° F.

Put the tortillas on a baking sheet and place in the oven to warm, about 5 minutes. (Cover with foil if you don’t like crisp tortillas.)

Toast the cumin in a small, dry saucepan over medium heat until aromatic, about 3 minutes. Add the beans and hot sauce.

Remove the tortillas from the oven. Spoon some beans onto each, then top each with some salsa, 1 fried egg, and some cheese. Bake until the cheese has melted.

Surely we don’t celebrate Cinco de Mayo just to have a reason to drink Mexican-inspired cocktails, right? But since it is a celebratory occasion, we can get you started. For a cool margarita twist, try Quince & Apple’s Cucumber Margarita, flavored with their Lime and Cucumber Syrup and Orange Marmalade. To give it some spice, rim the glass with Spiceologist’s Chile Margarita. This rub’s peppers and citrus notes adds heat to your drink, and is also delicious on grilled pork for tacos.

If you’re serving those Huevos Rancheros for brunch, pair them with a spicy Bloody Maria by the Sea, made with Stu’s Smoked Jalapeno Blood Mary Mix Concentrate.

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Bloody Maria by the Sea

Makes one cocktail

2 ounces tequila

3 dashes Worcestershire sauce (We love the offerings from Bourbon Barrel Foods and Colonel Pabst.)

3 dashes Mission Taco Joint Chile de Arbol Hot Sauce

½ ounce fresh lime juice

6 ounces tomato juice

2 ounces Stu’s Bloody Mary Concentrate No. 3 – Smoked Jalapeno

3 Wineforest Sea Beans, for garnish

In a shaker filled with ice, combine all ingredients except the sea beans, and shake until well-chilled. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Garnish with sea beans.

Post-brunch coffee goes south of the border, too, when you swirl a spoonful of rich buffalo milk dulce de leche from Annabella Buffalo Creamery into a cup of Stringbean’s bright, naturally sweet Mexican coffee.

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The dulce de leche’s also fantastic with Pastaria’s Askinosie Dark Chocolate or Vanilla Bean gelatos for an easy dessert. If you want to go all-out and conjure up some Tex-Mex restaurant nostalgia, we’ve got a spin on fried ice cream with Banner Road Baking Company Granola. This granola, made in St. Louis by Pastaria pastry chef Anne Croy, has been the must-have item at Larder & Cupboard this month. With bittersweet Askinosie Chocolate and rich Sump Coffee in the mix, Banner Road Kickstart makes an unexpected fried ice cream breading.

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Fried Gelato

2-4 servings

1 pint Pastaria gelato

2.5 cups Banner Road Baking Company Kickstart Granola, lightly crushed and divided

1 egg

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

½ tablespoon milk

Bolyard’s Lard for frying

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Form half-cup balls of gelato on the sheet, and freeze for two hours or until gelato is very hard.

Roll gelato in half of the crushed granola. Freeze for another 30 minutes.

Whisk together egg, sugar and milk. Brush over granola-coated gelato, then roll the gelato in remaining granola to thoroughly coat. Return to freezer for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.

Melt lard in a large heavy-bottomed sauce pan until it’s three inches deep. When lard reaches 400 degrees drop gelato balls in one at a time. Fry for 30 seconds each. Drain on paper towels. Serve drizzled with Seed Geeks Honey.