Mother’s Day Memory

With Mother’s Day just passed, came lots of fond memories of great family times.  Traditions revolved around gathering as many relatives together as possible to share laughter and lots of splendid dining.  Enjoying wonderful food together is that ongoing common thread through all our family gatherings.

On special days, my childhood favorites include my Mother’s amazing baked Ham with Raisin Sauce, my Grandmother’s decadent Stuffed Sweet Potatoes, my Aunt June’s scrumptious Ham Roll Ups, and my Aunt Phyllis’ Strawberry Pie.  The lists of fabulous food memories go on and on.  Finally, we got talking a few years ago about how central great food is to our family.  I decided to compile some of the family’s favorite recipes into a book, not just to help new family members prepare these dishes, but to capture them for posterity.

The project grew and grew until we realized the hundreds of recipes called for a very large book, aptly titled Fifty Years of Fabulous Family Favorites.  The limited edition hard cover version is no longer available, unless you can snare an original copy somewhere.  But we finally released it as an eBook and soon-to-be paperback, so everyone can revel in their own copy of this classic collection.  You can find it along with other titles at Quiet Thunder Publishing.

Let me include a couple recipes here for you.  I’ll start with my favorite dessert… one I remember my Mother making since 1960.  She would even make one of these for me as my birthday “pie” since I preferred it to cake.  It’s simple and totally amazing.  You can make it extra simple by using an already prepared crust.  If you prefer, try one made of butter cookie or chocolate cookie crumbs.  They both work great with the berries and require no pre-baking!

Mom’s Super Simple Raspberry Ice Cream Pie


03 Mom's raspberry pie1-1/4 c water
3-oz raspberry Jell-O

1 pint vanilla ice cream
2 c fresh raspberries
1 prepared, baked & cooled pie shell

½ pint heavy cream

Boil water; remove from heat; add Jell-O, stirring till dissolved.  Stir in ice cream till melted; chill 10-20 min in refrigerator until thick.  Fold in raspberries & pour into pie shell; chill 30 minutes.  Before serving, whip cream & decorate pie with more fresh berries.

And here’s one for my Super Simple Pepperoni Crisps, which I’ve been making for more than a decade and getting rave reviews.  There can be nothing much simpler than a one-ingredient recipe.  You will make these and share the “secret” countless times!

Super Simple Pepperoni Crisps


03 Super Simple Pepperoni Crisps2 dozen slices of packaged pepperoni on 3 layers of paper toweling.

Top with 2 more layers of paper toweling.

Microwave 60-75 seconds (depending on your microwave).  Let cool.

(Note: every microwave is different, so start at 45 seconds and then check the pepperoni to be sure it’s not burning.)

KISS Variation:  Create Perfect Pizza Pepperoni by microwaving just 30 – 45 seconds.  Cook on your pizza as usual to enjoy all the flavor without the excess grease.

The whole idea is to make great food in a super simple fashion!  It’s the ol’ KISS formula… to Keep It Super Simple.  We serve up got both volumes, presented by Quiet Thunder Publishing, as convenient eBooks… with love and laughter.

About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 20+ books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist, dedicated foodie, and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun."
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