Mother’s Day 2014 – 10 Course Dinner

My favorite post of the year is here again! For those of you new to my blog, I throw an over-the-top Mother’s day dinner every year. This year I scaled back the courses and only did 10 courses. In the past I’ve done as many as 13 and 14. Instead I focused on plating and added non-alcoholic pairings with each course (I don’t drink). Some of the dishes will eventually end up as posts here, but many will remain as fun glimpses of what you can do at home in your own kitchen! As always, a special thanks to Brian for taking the photos and to my wonderful guests who also helped with the dinner!

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I like to invite as many people as I can fit in my house for this dinner. One thing I’ve found, is with a dinner like this, a few more plates really isn’t much more work. This year we had 13 guests. When they arrived, we had decorated the tables in purples and yellows with hints of green. Watch for these colors to reappear in courses throughout the dinner.

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Here is this year’s bread basket. About half of these breads were made by me. Due to time constraints, I purchases some of the breads from an excellent local baker.

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1st Course – Blini Two Ways

One with duck confit, sour cherry, and peanut brittle dust

The other with a roasted beet salad with Pave de Jardis aged chevre

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2nd Course – Soup

Pea and leek soup with crème fraiche, crushed gingersnap, and pea shoots

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3rd Course – Grilled Asparagus Salad

Roasted asparagus, poached quail egg, prosciutto crisps, and miso butter

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A busy kitchen

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4th Course – Fish

Skate, forbidden rice, root vegetables, yuzu Béarnaise sauce, caviar

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5th Course – Rabbit

Rabbit wrapped in chard, millet, carrots, pickled ramps, merlot glaze

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6th Course – Palate Cleanser

Shiso granité with lime curd

This was a crowd favorite!

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7th Course – “Beef Wellington”

Tender loin, puff pastry, duxelles, roasted potatoes, green pepper mustard sauce, crispy kale, candied pecans

This may be a fancified version of a classic dish, but it was so tasty! I couldn’t resist.

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8th Course – Cheese

Selection of local cheeses, fig loaf, prosciutto, and roasted nuts

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I had fun making the hardwood boards that the cheese course and petite fours were served on.

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Good bread and cheese, does it get any better?

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Happy guests, starting to get full!

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9th Course – Dessert

Lilac panna cotta, honey gelato, honey/pecan popcorn, pecan crumble, dandelion gelee

This course had a many different textures and flavors.

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10th Course – Petite Fours

Cocoa nib shortbread, almond chocolates, quince pate de fruits

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7 thoughts on “Mother’s Day 2014 – 10 Course Dinner

  1. Amazing!! How many hours do you work on this Thayn? Days? I’m always so impressed at your attention to detail. Does Holly help out, or do you banish her from the kitchen? Inquiring minds want to know. Also… your grocery list! Is it 14 pages long?! That yuzu bearnaise sauce looks intriguing… Bravo, every year you amaze me.

  2. Thanks Amber! The grocery list is kind of crazy. I purchase a lot of it from Asian grocery stores, who seem to have a wider variety of great ingredients. Holly does help before the dinner, though she ran from kid’s sports game to game all day on the day of the dinner, so I spent most of the day cooking by myself. Ironically, the kids are starting to get old enough to help a bit, which was fun.

    The yuzu bearnaise sauce was very tasty. Yuzu are so sweet, it made the sauce light, sweet, and floral. I think that they would be even better as part of a dessert, as a yuzu curd.

    Thanks again!

  3. This looks like a meal straight out of the fancy restaurants we went to last year in France. Beautiful, and I bet it tasted great. Way to go!

  4. It all looks so amazing! I am impressed with how beautiful your plates are. A question: what is the great local bakery that you like to help fill out your breadbasket?

  5. Bon Ami bakery in Mill Creek. They made the poppy encrusted baguette. Delicious. Now I need to make it at home.

  6. The colors are GORGEOUS. Almost too pretty to eat but with you cooking of course it tasted as good as it looked!

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