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.

Savory Shortbread the Hard Way. Grilled Cheese the Easy Way

Mistakes were made.

I used to make shortbread all the time, and had the ratio of flour, butter, and sugar memorized. When I decided to make a savory version with Spiceology’s Pink Peppercorn Lemon Thyme Rub, I thought I’d be fine by double-checking my memory with an online recipe.

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 Mistake number one: trusting my memory.

Mistake number two: not going to one of the reputable cooking websites that I normally frequent. No, I won’t give the name of blog whose savory shortbread recipe I used to refresh my memory. Suffice it to say that I should have known better when I saw that the ingredients were out of order and the sugar wasn’t listed. I assumed the half-cup of nothing in the recipe was sugar, because I’ve done this a million times, right?

 Not a mistake: combining this bright, floral, slightly spicy blend into a buttery cookie.

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 The ratios from the first recipe left me with what I optimistically called “butter crisps”. They weren’t shortbread, but they were still a tasty way to move this spice blend beyond the barbecue grill.

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It’s entirely possible that the blogger’s recipe works for her because of difference in climates. Or differences in the liquid content of the butter. These things can make a difference.

Also not a mistake: this recipe for Pink Peppercorn Lemon Thyme Shortbread. It took some tinkering to get it to work, but I can safely say this version works. The result is a crumbly cookie with a hint of the spice in rich butter.

Mistake number three: limiting shortbread cookies to the realm of sweet. Sure, chocolate-dipped shortbread’s delicious (especially when made with the following recipe, substituting Spiceology’s Raspberry Chipotle Rub for the Pink Peppercorn Lemon Thyme. Go down the street to Kakao to get the chocolate to melt.). So’s shortbread sprinkled with mapley-sweet Wine Forest Candy Cap Mushroom Sugar. But savory’s an interesting twist, and a great option if you’re don’t have much of a sweet tooth but still want a little dessert. This pairs well with chai for a spicy twist on afternoon tea.

Pink Peppercorn Lemon Thyme Shortbread

Makes one 9″x9″ baking pan

  • 1.5 sticks butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon Spiceology Pink Peppercorn Lemon Thyme Rub
  • 2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9″x9″ square baking pan.

Cream butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Mix in salt and Spiceology Pink Peppercorn Lemon Thyme Rub.

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Add flour and mix until the mixture’s combined and crumbly, but holds together when pressed.

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 Press mixture evenly into the prepared baking pan. Lightly score with a knife.

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 Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool, then cut into squares.

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 Mine are but wee Scottish shortbread, because we gave them away on Sample Saturday. You can cut yours whatever size you like.

Also not a mistake: Larder & Cupboard’s new made-to-order grilled cheese sandwiches. Five bucks gets you buttery toasted Great Harvest bread loaded with our proprietary blend of aged white cheddar, whole-milk mozzarella, and gouda. We’ve got this recipe down-pat. It’s a great $5 lunch. Add a Spindrift soda for $2. It’s a good decision.

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