How to Plan a Memorial Day Family Gathering . . .

Food for the Body, Food for the Soul, Sharing Life with Everyone You Know! Memorial Day . . . a holiday to Remember . . . Why not plan a Memorial Day Family Gathering? Can't you remember as a child looking to forward to Memorial Day because school would be out for the summer? I can! We knew that AFTER Memorial Day we had three months off before we had to go back to school in September. Times have surely changed. But this year, schools actually ARE out for the summer before the Memorial Day weekend! That's a first! It's been years, maybe decades, since school was out this early. That's more of a reason to celebrate Memorial Day with a Family Gathering!!! Planning your Memorial Day Family Gathering . . . The Guest List . . . Once you … [Read more...]

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother's Day from Food and Forte! May this Mother's Day be a wonderful day of celebration, surrounded by those you love and who love you! And, may be be a day of sharing good food and memories, taking pictures, and lots of joy and laughter! God bless you all! Maribeth … [Read more...]

How to Host a Mother’s Day Luncheon!

Host a Mother's Day Luncheon for your Mom! Mother's Day Luncheons are a popular choice for hosting a meal for the girls in your family on Mother's Day, especially your mom! I have hosted three of them in recent years, and all were quite enjoyable. Of course, it's always wonderful to spend time with your family, especially when honoring your mother! How to plan a Mother's Day Luncheon . . . A Mother's Day Luncheon doesn't "just happen". It has to be planned, as does any meal for a large gathering of family and friends. With that said, it's not difficult to plan a luncheon. It just takes a little time and the commitment to follow through on the preliminary things that must be done, as well as those the day of your luncheon. Step … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day “Girls” Luncheon!

A Mother's Day Luncheon . . . "Girls only!" A few years ago, I hosted a Mother's Day Luncheon for the girls in my family. That included my mother, my sister, Jeri and her two daughters, Amber and Cara, and my daughter Candace. We also had two grand-girls: Randa and baby Jalynn. The Planning: Table settings and Tablescape . . . The theme for this Mother's Day Luncheon was Family, with the menu being from our Family Heritage recipes, and the table settings from my mother's and Grandmama Hall's collections. One of the first things that you need to do is determine what dinnerware, glassware, silverware you will use as well as your table covering and centerpiece. My  table was set with my Grandmama Hall's Eternal China, Mama's crystal … [Read more...]

Favorite Desserts for Easter from our Family!

Favorite Desserts for Easter . . . With Easter only a few days away, I decided to share some of our Favorite Desserts for Easter. Some of them are from Mama's collection, some from mine, and some from other family members and friends. But, all are delicious and perfect for your family's Easter Dinner. There are five cakes and four pies that your family and guests will love. Some are sweet, some are tart, but all are delicious! Cakes for Easter . . . Mama's Lemon Cake . . . This Lemon Cake is a throwback to the 1960's. It starts with a cake mix, which makes it an easy cake to make. Mama made it for years for our family. And, the choice of lemon is such a nice flavor for spring. Mama's Lemon Cake Grandmama Hall's Chocolate Sheet … [Read more...]