Mother’s Day at Casa de Flamenco was lovely from beginning to end. I woke up to find Zoe hovering over me with one gift wrapped in newspaper, and another tucked neatly in a paper sack. All the telltale signs of gifts prepared at school–some of my absolute favorite gifts to receive. This keychain was among the gifts Zoe gave to me. Zoe, Flamenco Dad, and Ayden also gifted me with several goodies I had been eyeing at Bed, Bath, and Beyond (Oh, how I love that place!). I got a stick blender, which also has a whisk and mini food-processor attachment. Also I received a kick-ass Santoku knife and bamboo cutting board. I know some folks out there wouldn’t consider the kitchenware a good gift idea for a mom. After all, I’m already in the kitchen all day. But I loves me some kitchen tools. Besides, flowers won’t last very long, and candy isn’t really a good option right now; I am on a diet, remember?
Flamenco Dad prepared a delicious breakfast for us all, complete with his coffee. I swear, I still don’t know how he and I both make coffee the same way–but his always tastes better. My sister-in-law, her husband, and their two teenage daughters came over for dinner: which we ordered in. My hubby decided that neither his mom, his sister, or I should have to cook on Mother’s Day. I’m telling you, that man is a keeper.
I’ve already put my gifts to use. In fact, I used the stick blender/food processor to make a fantastic white bean spread, which I served with toasted bread (for the gluten eaters), and veggies (for the gluten free eaters). This recipe comes from the lovely Giada de Laurentiis of The Food Network. It’s fresh, creamy, and was a great appetizer. I’ve got some leftover, which I’m going to use in a vegetarian sandwich.
White Bean Spread
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup (loosely packed) fresh Italian parsley leaves
Freshly ground black pepper
Place the beans, garlic, lemon juice, 1/3 cup olive oil, and parsley in the work bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the mixture is coarsely chopped. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Transfer the bean puree to a small bowl.