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Happy Mothers Day

Mom, Dad, Aunt Dee, Terry and Great, great Aunt Concetta

Mom, Dad, Aunt Dee, Terry and Great, great Aunt Concetta

Recnetly I was asked to write about my Mom and her amazing recipes for Food52, the editors wanted to post just prior to Mothers Day and the article would appear in Food52’s Heirloom Recipies. Writing about Mom is easy but it’s difficult to reign myself in, I can get long winded. My Mother is and will always be my hero. She is an awesome cook, she created some great recipes that I use all the time. She is a great multi tasker, I honestly don’t know how she managed to make everything look effortless but she did, taking care of 5 kids, always have a great meal on the table, the house was always neat and clean. Looking back I am amazed at how she did it all. Mom is a cancer survivor, she was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast cancer, this somewhat rare form of cancer presents in a stage 3 or 4 and is very aggressive and hard to treat. She was given only a short time to live and underwent chemo, radical surgery and radiation and I am thrilled and happy to report that she defied the odds and almost 10 years after diagnosis she is still cancer free.

My Mom and Me

My Mom and Me

She is the inspiration for just about everything I cook. She mastered Italian food, her homemade pasta and pasta e fagiole was legendary. She is also a great baker, one the the most popular recipes that I added to Food52 is her Tender Yellow Cake. it’s amazing and the only yellow cake I will make. Let’s talk meatballs, hers were tender and flavorful, she also made a great pie, my particular favorite was blackberry.

My Mother does not live close to me but if she did I would give her breakfast in bed and would serve her what she used to make for us when she made breakfast for dinner, a stack of pancakes with a fried egg on top smothered in warm maple syrup and butter. It’s so good, and every time I have this it takes me back to my childhood.

pancakes and fried egg

pancakes and fried egg

A very Happy Mothers Day to all of you whether you have children or not we celebrate women, Mother, Sister, Aunt, Grandmother or pet parent whatever your role you are important and loved.

Mothers

Mothers

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  1. This is fantastic! Happy mothers day!!

    May 9, 2015
  2. Great read thanks for sharing.

    May 9, 2015
  3. A beautiful post and a lovely tribute, Suzanne. I know your mom will tear-up when she reads it.
    And as one who is childless, i really appreciate how you ended the post. Mega-hugs. 🙂

    May 9, 2015
    • I think Mother’s Day is a celebration of women and you do not have to have had children to qualify!

      May 9, 2015
  4. Reblogged this on hocuspocus13 and commented:
    jinxx ♠ xoxo

    May 9, 2015
  5. Fabulous Post… happy mothers day Suzanne. … 🙂 🙂

    May 9, 2015
  6. The guy looks like my dad except dad had a white streak down the center of his hair. the girl in the white blouse looks like his sister, Could we be related I wonder?

    May 9, 2015
    • Ha could be, I was shopping once in Kleinfelds and a cousin I didn’t know I had was working there, same last name it was so weird.

      May 9, 2015
  7. Amazing moms like ours make all the difference in the world because they raise happy children! Happy Mother’s Day to you too, Suzanne!

    May 9, 2015
  8. queensashy #

    Such a wonderful tribute to your mom… It’s the best thing you can give her for Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day to both of you!

    May 9, 2015
  9. Lovely. Happy Mother’s Day

    May 9, 2015
  10. Wonderful post Suzanne as my Mother is also Italian and a wonderful cook. I am the youngest of five! What a nice honor Food 52 and opportunity for us to learn about your Mother! Thank you for that. Pleased as pie that’s she a fighter…A most pleasant Mom’s Day to you!!!

    May 9, 2015
    • Love the Italian Mothers. Funny you are the youngest of five and I am the oldest of five, Happy Mothers Day Cheryl!!

      May 9, 2015
      • Ha! We were meant to meet my friend! Great Aunt looks like she would be a drama queen?! Causing you anguish at a young age. Happy Mom’s Day to you as well as all your followers!

        May 9, 2015
      • Thank you and to you as well! Hope you have a wonderful day.

        May 10, 2015
  11. What a wonderful post and fabulous photos 🙂 enjoy Mothers Day xx

    May 9, 2015
    • Thanks so much Elaine, I know you already had Mothers Day in the UK but I will wish again for you to have a glorious day.

      May 9, 2015
  12. I also love old pics, they have a very special mood.. Happy Mothers Day to you too, dear Suzanne! Hugs!

    May 9, 2015
    • Thank you Mila, I love old photo’s especially when they age they take on character.

      May 9, 2015
  13. What a touching post Suzanne. It shows the love and admiration you have for your mom. Have a wonderful day and I will check out those fantastic recipes. Hugs!

    May 9, 2015
  14. Wonderful article. Your mom sounds awesome! And pancakes with a fried egg….yum!! Happy Mother’s Day Suzanne, to you and your loving mom!

    May 9, 2015
    • Happy Mothers Day Michelle, hope you have a wonderful day. Yes fried egg on pancakes is amazing.

      May 9, 2015
  15. LOVE this- what a lovely post! Yay to your mom!! I want to try ALL of these recipes ASAP! 🙂

    May 9, 2015
  16. Lovely post. Happy Mother’s Day.

    May 9, 2015
  17. What a lovely tribute to your mom. You’re very lucky to have each other 🙂

    May 9, 2015
  18. A lovely post about your mother and how she inspires you. She sounds like a fantastic woman. 😉

    May 9, 2015
  19. How wonderful to see the photo of you and your Mother! Have you still got the large eyes? And I couldn’t help but notice that your Mother had great taste in shoes.

    May 9, 2015
    • Yep still with the large eyes, LOL, maybe they are a bit saggier with some age but still pretty big, I love that photo of Mom, wearing a bathrobe and rockin high heels. Thanks Johnny.

      May 9, 2015
  20. Beautiful Post Suzanne and Happy Mothers day! 🙂

    May 9, 2015
  21. I love your Mom’s shoes in each picture!!

    May 10, 2015
  22. Beautiful post and photos, Suzanne. Have a very Happy Mother’s Day!
    Cheers!

    May 10, 2015
  23. Happy Mothers Day to all the beautiful Mom’s out there. Thanks for sharing this great story about your Momma, Suzzzzz.

    I follow Food52 on instagram and love love love all that they share.

    Big love to you my friend!!

    Lynne xx
    Design The Life You Want To Live

    May 10, 2015
    • Lynne, Happy Mothers Day girl, where have you been. I have not seen a post in eon’s. Hope you are well. I have to check on what you are up to. Thank you for stopping by!!

      May 10, 2015
  24. Thank you for sharing your mother’s story. She sounds like an amazing woman. Happy Mother’s Day to both of you!

    May 10, 2015
  25. Suzanne
    It was really nice reading the post about you, your bond with mom and those special dishes that you inherited from your mom. I remember the yellow cake when you posted it. It still is on my list to make. The stash of pancakes with fried egg on the top sounds so comforting.
    Have a very happy Mother’s Day my dear friend! Have a superb day! ❤️

    May 10, 2015
  26. Beautiful post Suzanne. And pancakes with an egg AND maple syrup! How good does that sound 😉

    May 11, 2015
  27. Thanks for sharing about your mom – I’m sure you wish she lived closer. An egg on pancakes – that’s a new one for me 🙂

    May 11, 2015
    • It’s wonderful the egg on pancakes, you should give it a try, Thank you so much.

      May 11, 2015
  28. Maria DeBrango Stickel #

    Hope you had a great day. Thanks for update on your mom also.
    Love,
    Maria

    May 11, 2015
    • Thanks Maria, it’s so nice seeing our Mothers all around that table.

      May 11, 2015
  29. Suzanne this great, so amazing about your Mother, I sure wish I had money to visit I would love to cook with you and try her amazing recipes!!! My love to you and Nando!! 🙂

    May 11, 2015
  30. Sandhya #

    Very touching and beautifully written article, Suzanne. Always love your amazing recipes.

    May 11, 2015
  31. Such a heartwarming post Suzanne… so lovely to hear a little more about your Mom! Thank you so much for sharing this and I hope you both had very happy Mother’s Days!

    May 11, 2015
    • Thanks so much Margot, Mothers day was really wonderful. Wish my Mom weren’t so far away but we spoke by phone,

      May 11, 2015
  32. Glad to hear that your mom is still cancer-free–that’s wonderful!

    May 11, 2015
  33. Lovely post, Suzanne! You’re so wonderful!

    May 12, 2015
  34. That fried egg dish just reminds me of what my mom would make me :). I just love this post. I hope you enjoyed your Mother on Sunday :). l I know I did. Wonderful post Suzanne.

    K / House of KTS (formerly known as Pure & Complex)
    http://www.houseofkts.com

    May 12, 2015
  35. What a beautiful tribute! What a blessing that she is a survivor! Thanks for sharing! I definitely need to try the yellow cake! 🙂

    May 12, 2015
    • Thank you so much. The Yellow cake is so good. I really never use any other recipe now.

      May 15, 2015
  36. Such a touching post, Suzanne! Thanks for sharing, so happy that you still have your Mother around!

    May 12, 2015
  37. Suznne– love these sweet words about your mother. She sounds like an amazing person. And that picture with her and the mini-Suzanne was adorable!!

    May 13, 2015
  38. This is such a beautiful, beautiful post Suzanne. I am SO glad to hear that your mother is still going strong, against all odds! My mother has also battled with breast cancer and I continue to pray for her strength and health every day… I’ll be praying for your mum too. I love the look of your mum’s pancakes – I never would’ve thought to have an egg with maple syrup. I’ll have to try them for myself. Happy belated mothers day beautiful (for you and your mum) xxx

    May 13, 2015
  39. I could swear I had left a comment here… I came to check a recipe of yours and these photos were still on the front. Thought I’d see the photos again. You have a pretty Mama, with great taste in shoes. Your baby photo is adorable. How wonderful that your Mom is still doing well. You are fortunate to able to call her and say, “I love you, Mom.” xx

    May 14, 2015
    • Thank you Fae, yes my Mom rocked those high heels. I am very very fortunate.

      May 15, 2015
  40. What a beautiful tribute to your Mother. I really enjoyed the old photos. Wish I could give you a hug, how nice that you are able to still celebrate Mother’s day with your Mom after all she has had to go through ❤

    May 18, 2015
  41. What a beautiful post, Suzanne! Your mother sounds like a wonderful person. I am so glad she beat her cancer and is doing well. I love the photo and the recipe for the pancakes with the egg on top. Such a great idea that I never thought of. It’s amazing how recipes from our childhood can take us back to those days. I enjoyed reading about your family very much!

    May 18, 2015
    • Thank you so much Shari, I love making some of the food that I ate as a child, it brings back such great memories and feelings.

      May 18, 2015
  42. I just sent you an email – it’s under my personal name (haha that sounds funny now that I say it!!) so watch for it! It’s not from some spammer…

    May 18, 2015
    • I got it, thank you so much, your kind words touched my heart, thank you again.

      May 18, 2015
  43. I nominated you for the Creative Blogger Award! 😀 Here is the link if you choose to accept! Love you blog! http://redbirdrecipes.com/2015/05/19/the-creative-blogger-award/

    May 19, 2015
    • Oh how wonderful, thank you so much. I am afraid I have been so pre occupied I didn’t respond and I apologize. Thank you so much.

      May 31, 2015
  44. What a lovely post, dear Suzanne! Very cool too! Xxx

    May 31, 2015
  45. What an amazing recipe title, I have never come across tender ever to describe a dessert, how lovely does it sound…can’t wait to try it. Cheers to Mamas!

    June 13, 2015

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