Mother's Day?

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I love mother's day... It always involves getting everyone together and dining on some type of feast in my family.. I inherited my passion for food from my mother who was always so animated about good food and looking forward to a great meal. My mom grew up in Montreal and I have heard her gush over such Eastern favorites as poutine, fresh bagels, Montreal smoked meat or fresh seafood all my life... She has a lot of the same qualities regarding food as me as well... Cranky when hungry, physically excited to get your meal and day dreaming about the next course... Do you have mother's day plans? Last year I had everyone over for a Sunday brunch which James and I prepared and we made ham and cheese brunch squares (SO GOOD... Here is the recipe)



Ingredients:

8 oz (250 g) shredded marble cheese (2 cups/500 mL), divided

24 oz (750 g) frozen toaster hash brown patties, thawed (about 10 patties) (or a bag of tiny hashbrown cubes)

8 oz (250 g) cream cheese, softened

12 eggs

1/2 tsp (2 mL) coarsely ground black pepper

8 oz (250 g) thickly sliced deli ham

4-5 green onions with tops, divided (about 1 cup/250 mL sliced)

3 plum tomatoes

Additional coarsely ground black pepper (optional)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C). Lightly brush Large Bar Pan with vegetable oil. Grate cheese using Ultimate Mandoline. Crumble hash browns over bar pan; press gently. Sprinkle with half of the cheese. Bake 13-15 minutes or until crust starts to brown.

2. Meanwhile, in Classic Batter Bowl, whisk cream cheese until smooth. Gradually add eggs and black pepper; whisk until smooth. Coarsely chop ham using Food Chopper. Slice green onions, reserving 1/4 cup (50 mL) of the tops for garnish. Place ham and remaining green onions into (8-in./20-cm) Sauté Pan; cook and stir over medium heat 2-3 minutes or until hot. Stir ham mixture into egg mixture.

3. Remove bar pan from oven to Stackable Cooling Rack. Pour egg mixture over crust. Return bar pan to oven; bake 6-8 minutes or until center is set. Meanwhile, seed and dice tomatoes using Utility Knife. Remove bar pan from oven; top with remaining cheese, tomatoes and reserved green onions. Sprinkle with additional black pepper, if desired. Cut into squares and serve using Mini-Serving Spatula.



This year we will be going for brunch at a location I will blog about but cannot reveal until Mother's Day! *evil cackle* If you are looking to make reservations for mother's day I suggest booking sooner rather than later... Here are my top five pics for AWESOME special event brunches:



5. Fairmont Palliser Hotel 403-260-1219 133 9th Avenue SW

This delicious brunch only gets last place because of its price tag. It's delicious!



4. River Cafe
403-261-7670 25 Prince's Island Park

Beautiful restaurant! Right on Prince's Island Park



3. The Ranche 403-225-3939 15979 Bow Bottom Trail SE


There's nothing quite like dining in the middle of Fish Creek Park!



2.
Carriage House Inn 403-253-1101 9030 MacLeod Trail South

Can you say chocolate fountain and AMAZING FOOD!




1. Greenwood Inn & Suites 403-250-8855 3515 26 Street NE

Rooms and rooms of food! A crepe station with flam-bayed bananas and tons of seafood as well!


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