by: REVIEW PHOTO: BARB RANDALL - A friend of Randalls shared his ingenius method of weaving bacon into a mat. It can be used as a platter for serving eggs or rolled up burrito-style filled with cooked eggs, potatoes and peppers.Mother’s Day 2013: What will make that day most memorial for the mothers in your life? For suggestions I asked experts — who also happen to be moms — to give me the straight scoop on how they really want to celebrate Mother’s Day. What I discovered is no surprise: Mom wants to spend time with her families. They would appreciate being pampered a bit, and it would be nice to have someone else take care of preparing and cleaning up a special meal — meal — brunch or dinner (or both!). That’s not too big an order, is it?

To help you kids out I offer a few recipes that can be made with minimal supervision from dad or another responsible adult. Vanilla scented granola can be made days ahead but the woven bacon mat should be made right before you eat it. If you want a test run on these recipes and more, plan on attending the Parent-Child Mother’s Day Brunch class I am teaching Saturday at In Good Taste in Lake Oswego. We’ll be making vanilla scented granola and yogurt parfaits, gingerbread scones with lemon breakfast cream, special scrambled eggs served on a woven mat of bacon, ultimate fruit salad and perfect lemon bars. There is a fee for the class and I recommend you bring an apron. Visit or call 503-639-2665.

Some other comments my experts shared were that they love handmade art and cards and cannot get enough hugs and kisses from their children. Moms really are pretty easy to please.

Bon appetit! Eat something wonderful!

Vanilla scented granola

Makes about 8 cups

Nonstick vegetable oil spray

4 cups old-fashioned oats

1 cup sliced almonds

1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup honey

2 tablespoons sugar

4 teaspoons vanilla extract

Position rack in middle of oven and preheat to 300 F. Lightly spray a large baking sheet with nonstick spray.

Mix next 5 ingredients in a large bowl.

Combine oil, honey, and sugar in small saucepan; over medium heat, bring to simmer. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour hot liquid over oat mixture; stir well. Using hands, toss mixture until thoroughly mixed.

Spread granola on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. Transfer sheet to rack; cool granola completely. (Can be made 2 weeks ahead. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.)

(Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit, March 2002.)

Woven bacon mat

I learned this trick from a friend — it is sheer genius!

Heat the oven to 400 F.

Weave bacon together and then place the mat onto a rack placed on a baking sheet so that the fat will drip off onto the baking sheet. Bake for about 25-35 minutes or more to your preferred doneness. You can use the bacon mat to hold cooked eggs of any kind or stuff it with fried potatoes, peppers and scrambled eggs for a breakfast burrito.


Randall welcomes your food questions and research suggestions. She can be reached at 503-636-1281, ext. 100, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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