Friday, May 11, 2012

Celebrating Moms!

3 Generations!
With Mother's Day on my mind I thought it would be fun to share a few family recipes with you.  Many of us can think back to a childhood memory and a favourite dish that grandma, grandpa, mom, dad, an aunt, or an uncle made that was unforgettable.  Some family favourites haven't made an appearance in years, some only come out for special occasions, but I'm sure you can think of a great recipe that exists in your family (or maybe is even unique to your family).

I'm being more of a foodie today, because the first two recipes I thought of are sweets or desserts.  I of course believe in moderation and do enjoy a great dessert every once in awhile.

Grasshopper Pie

6 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup creme de menthe
2 Tbsp creme de cacao
2 cups whipping cream

chocolate wafer crust, chilled (see directions below)

In a saucepan combine marshmallows and milk.  Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until marshmallows melt.  Cool stirring every 5 minutes.  Combine liqueurs, stir into marshmallow mix.  Whip cream until soft peaks form.  Fold marshmallow mixture into whipped cream; turn into chilled chocolate crust.  Freeze several hours until firm.  If desired garnish pie with chocolate curls.

Chocolate Wafer Crust
1 1/2 cups crushed chocolate wafers (25 wafers)
6 Tbsp margarine/butter, melted

Combine and turn into 9" plate.  Press into bottom and sides and chill 1 hour or until firm.

My Aunt suggests making 1 1/2 times the recipe and filling 2 pies.

Chocolate Balls

1 - 8 oz package cream cheese
1 cup mini marshmallows
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 cup cherries (finely cut)
1/2 cup walnuts (optional)
Unsweetened coconut

In a 3 quart saucepan, melt first four ingredients over very low heat.  Remove from heat, add cherries and walnuts.  Cool completely.  With teaspoon, drop batter into small bowl filled half way with coconut.  Shape into ball with fingers.  Put on plate and refrigerate.  Keep cool.

How will you celebrate Mother's Day?
Do you have a favourite family recipe?

Happy eating,

Steph Langdon (Wheler), RD
something nutrishus counselling & coaching