Recipe: Mother’s Day Brunch Menu

Mrs. Fields Mother's Day Brunch

You’ve got the gifts arranged for Mother’s Day, but what about the menu? Treat mom on Sunday to a delicious brunch that will make her mouth water, her heart swell, and her mind wonder how she got so lucky to have you. This simple menu is simple, delicious, and can be made on a large or small scale and according to taste. The star is a Mexican dish called chilaquiles that can be dressed up or down with mom’s favorite fresh flavors. Pair it with crispy hash browns or home fries, some spicy ketchup and a refreshing mimosa for a true Mother’s Day treat!

Chilaquiles
(serves 4)

12 corn tortillas
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups enchilada sauce
4 eggs
cotija cheese (optional)
guacamole (optional)
sour cream (optional)
cilantro (optional)

Directions
Heat oil in a large frying pan on medium-high heat. Warm the enchilada sauce in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cut tortillas into one-inch squares and fry in the oil until crisp and brown, then transfer to a mixing bowl. Use the still-hot pan to fry the eggs sunny-side style with a runny yolk. While the eggs are cooking, pour the enchilada sauce over the tortillas and toss until they are evenly coated. Place a generous scoop of tortillas on each serving plate, topped with an egg, followed by cheese, guacamole, sour cream and cilantro. Serve immediately.

Spicy Ketchup

1/2 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon Sriracha hot sauce

Directions
Stir together and serve with home fries or hash browns.

Gluten Free Gifts

If you think giving up gluten means giving up Mrs. Fields cookies, think again because we’ve developed a mouth-watering version of our classic chocolate chip cookie that rivals the original. Finding a gift idea for a gluten-free friend has never been so easy! Our gluten-free cookies come in a range of great gifts, alone or paired with our gluten-free taffy and gourmet popcorn. Check out some of our favorite offerings:

Gluten Free 4-Cookie Birthday Box

Gluten Free Classic 12-Cookie Tin

Gluten Free 24-Cookie Basket

Gluten Free Smile Tote

Gluten Free Combo Box

You can shop our entire Gluten Free Category of gifts to find just the right gift that will make a loved one’s day!

Mother’s Day Giveaway: Your Mom in 3 Words

It’s time for one of our favorite giveaways of the year, the chance for you to pay homage to your mom and win her a fabulous bakery fresh gift from Mrs. Fields for Mother’s Day. To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment describing your mom in three words. That’s it, then you’re entered to win one of three great prizes:

Our Mother’s Day Keepsake Tin is bursting with bite-sized cookies in her favorite flavors.

Our Happy Mother’s Day Bites Box includes a variety of bite-sized cookies and brownies, plus our luscious frosted cookies.

And finally, our Sweet Spot Box is over-the-top amazing, brimming with cookies, brownies, and lots of adoration.

Now’s your chance, so don’t wait!

Entries accepted until midnight, May 6, 2015. One entry per person, please. Must be 18 years to enter and a resident of the continental United States. Winners will be chosen randomly and notified via email.

Recipe: Tres Leches Cake

Mrs. Fields Secrets Tres Leche Cake
Cinco de Mayo is coming up next week and if you’re hosting a fiesta, we’ve got just the dessert to serve your guests. Traditional tres leche cake is simple, decadent and easy to make ahead of time, so it’s perfect for a busy host. The longer it sits soaking up the delicious three milks (evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and half-and-half), the better. Top it with freshly whipped cream, some toasted coconut and fresh strawberries and serve to adoring crowds.

Tres Leches Cake
adapted from Marcela Valladolid

1 1/2 cups  flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
4 eggs, separated
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
2 cups heavy cream, divided
3 tablespoons Grand Marnier
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup toasted coconut (for garnish)
fresh strawberries (for garnish)

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray and flour a square baking pan, then line with parchment paper with plenty of overlap.
Stir the flour and baking powder together in a medium bowl, then set aside. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites until light and frothy. Gradually add the sugar and beat to stiff peaks, mixing all the while. Next beat in the yolks one at a time until each one has been incorporated into the batter. Add the flour mixture and the milk in portions, alternating back and forth a few times until complete.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow the cake to cool for about 10 minutes, then transfer to a serving dish with at least a 1-inch lip. Use bamboo skewers or chopsticks to pierce the the cake all over, all the way through. In a medium bowl, whisk the sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and 1 cup of the heavy cream together with the Grand Marnier. Pour the milk mixture evenly over the entire cake while still warm, then cover and refrigerate overnight or at least four hours.

Before serving, whip the remaining heavy cream with a pinch of powdered sugar until thick. Spread the whipped cream on top of the cake, then sprinkle with toasted coconut and serve with fresh strawberries.

Thanks for Teachers and Nurses

Nurses Week and Teacher Appreciation are coming right up and we’ve got fabulous new gifts from Mrs. Fields to let them know just how special they are! Check out these new mouthwatering offerings…

Feel Better Bear

For the one who makes everyone feel better, day in and day out, our Feel Better Bear is always there for a supportive snuggle. Arriving with freshly baked treats, he’ll make a great addition to any Nurse’s Station.

Nurses Week Nibbler Tin

Whether you work daily with dedicated nurses, or had them make a difference during a particular period of time, our Nurses Week Nibbler Tin is a great way to treat a nursing staff who’s gone above and beyond.

Personal Nurses Week Tin

And maybe there is one special nurse who needs to be thanked in a more individual way. Our Personal Nurses Week Tin is just the ticket.

Teacher’s Appreciation Basket

Every teacher deserves an apple and this Teacher’s Appreciation Basket comes with two! Our frosted cookies dressed up as bright red apples are accompanied by an entire class of original cookies.

Teacher’s Chalkboard Crate

With cookies, brownies and a fun reusable container, our Teacher’s Chalkboard Crate is headed for top of the class, so make like a valedictorian and get yours now.

Check out these and other great appreciation gifts at Mrs. Fields. We bake fresh and deliver right to the door to make every gift occasion easy and special!

Don’t Forget the Bus Driver!

As the school year begins a wind down to the end and thanks are given to teachers and coaches and others who serve our kids each day, don’t forget the one who gets them to and from school safe and sound each day. We’ve gathered a handful of great ideas to treat the bus driver to a load of thanks.

Every driver needs a great keychain and this one is perfect.

A great reminder on this T-shirt that the most special deliveries are the kids.


We love these DIY goodies made from chocolate candies.

Sunny Day Satchel

And finally, our Sunny Day Satchel is a spot of sunshine for the one who greets each day (and each busload of noisy kids) with a smile.

Recipe: Homemade Lemon Curd

Mrs. Fields Secrets Homemade Lemon Curd
Lemon curd should be the official condiment of spring. This sweet, bright, tangy spreadable delight is perfect for waking up your taste buds after a long, cold winter. Spread it on toast or in between layers of cake, use it as a dip for berries or a substitute for your favorite jam. It’s easier than you think to make it yourself and have it on hand anytime. The key is to use fresh lemons. No back-of-the-fridge bottled lemon juice allowed.

Homemade Lemon Curd
adapted from Alton Brown

5 egg yolks
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
zest of lemons
1/2 cup cold butter, sliced into pats

Directions
Fill a medium saucepan with an inch or two of water and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. In a metal bowl, combine egg yolks and sugar, whisking until smooth, about one minute.  Add juice and zest to egg mixture and whisk smooth. Place the bowl on top of the simmering water in the saucepan, like a double-boiler. Whisk mixture until thickens, approximately 8 minutes, or until it is light yellow and coats the back of a spoon. Remove promptly from heat and stir in butter pieces one at a time, allowing each one to melt before adding another. Transfer to a jar or airtight plastic container and cover before cooling in the refrigerator before serving. Makes two cups and lasts up to two weeks in the fridge.

Great Gift Ideas for Coaches

Mrs. Fields Secrets Coach Gifts

 

Don’t let the next sports season end without taking a moment to acknowledge the coach. All those hours and hours of dedication deserve a hearty thanks, so we’ve gathered up some of our favorite gift ideas from around the web to help show your gratitude in a big way. And the best part? Each of these ideas can be personalized to make the sentiment truly sincere.

1. Personalized Word Art
2. Personalized Whistle 
3. Coach Pint Glasses
4. Thank You Big Cookie Cake
5. Personalized Tin with Cookies

Gifts with (Re)Purpose

Next week is another Earth Day and another chance to recommit to keeping our planet healthy and happy! At Mrs. Fields, we love creating unique packaging for our gourmet gifts that can be repurposed after the goodies are gone. Because giving something a second use is one of the best ways to be smart with our resources.

Here Comes the Sun Tote

Our felt totes like Here Comes the Sun are always a popular gift because they can be used again and again. It’s the perfect size for a reusable lunch bag or a toddler purse.

Spring is in the Air Planter

April showers will quickly turn to May flowers, which is why our Spring is in the Air Planter is a favorite gift right now. After the cookies are gone, the bright planter is the ideal spot for some spring blooms.

Bright Side Basket

We have a long reputation for our incredible gift baskets, not only for the gourmet goodies but the sturdy beautiful baskets. We choose beautiful baskets in useful sizes that can easily find new uses around the house.

Wishes Come True Box

More than just a gift box, our Wishes Come True Box was designed to become a fun decoration for every birthday. Let it store your favorite birthday decorations and decorate the room when those special days roll around.

Classic Tub

And finally, our Classic Tub has been a customer favorite for years, transforming into a beverage container, toy box, shoe bin and much more. Sturdy and bright, it fills so many functions!

Those are a few of our favorites, but what about you? What are your favorite ways to repurpose gifts? Share your ideas with us!

Recipe: White Cheddar Cracker Jack

Mrs. Fields Homemade Cracker Jack
In honor of the new baseball season upon us, today’s recipe is an old favorite with a homemade twist. This sweet, crunchy treat is the perfect game-watching fare whether you’re at the baseball park or on the couch. Our twist is to add a savory side to this caramel flavored classic by starting with white cheddar popcorn. The result is a home run all the way.

White Cheddar Cracker Jack

10 cups of white cheddar flavored popcorn
1 cup light brown sugar
¼ cup light corn syrup
6 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 cup lightly salted peanuts

Directions
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking liner and spread popcorn in an even layer. Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium heat then add sugar, corn syrup and water, stirring frequently. Bring mixture to a bubble that reaches 250 degrees on a candy thermometer, then remove from heat and stir in vanilla and baking soda. Immediately pour the caramel over the popcorn and fold it in with the popcorn, sprinkling the peanuts throughout. Bake for 40 minutes, stirring halfway between. Remove and allow to cool for a few minutes, before breaking into pieces and serving or placing in an airtight container.

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