Sunday, May 9, 2010

L’Opera de Mother’s Day

Today we celebrate Mother’s Day thanks to Anna Jarvis. In 1908 she created this holiday to celebrate and honor her mother. She kept promoting this holiday until President Woodrow Wilson made it official nationally in 1914.


Mothers truly are our greatest gift. For without them we would not be here. Words only fail to properly express how much you mean to us. For all the strife, struggle and sacrifice you endured. Thank you for always being there and aiding us in our time of need. For the wisdom you imparted and the tough love administered at just the right time.

To my Mother, who had me at a very young age, thank you. For maturing quickly and making me the man I am today. It is my sincere hope that I honor you with the way I live this life you have given me.

To my Wife, the strongest person I know. You truly are fearless.  Your outward beauty is only rivaled by your most gentile, kind, loving, and giving spirit. If there ever was someone born to be an amazing Mother it is you. One day some child will have the distinct privilege of calling you MOM!

Until then, there are some furry critters that wanted to wish you a Happy Mommies Day…

Tabetha

Bailey

Newbie

And a crazy boy named..Audi



To all the Mother’s in my family, thank you for doing your part in aiding my growth as a person. You keep our family growing strong and proud.

The most gratifying aspect of this blogging experience is the friends I have made. People who are quick with a supportive word and a wonderful comment for motivation. Many of you are Mothers. Amazing how you can find the time to take care of your homes and still provide your fantastic blog posts. Not to mention, the incredible dishes and recipes. Thank you for providing me with daily inspiration.

The L’Opera in the title refers to the famous French dessert, Opera Cake. This is a dessert I have enjoyed for years. However, as you have come to know by now, I have made it my own. No recipe today, this post is long enough.

My version is almond sponge cake, chocolate mascarpone cream, almond sponge cake, coffee and caramel butter cream, almond sponge cake, and chocolate and Maytag blue cheese glaze.

Yes, you read that right. Adding blue cheese to chocolate produces a chemical reaction that turbo boosts the chocolate flavor. Try it someday!

The green element of the dish is a lime gelee, topped with edible flowers.



My L’Opera Gift…Happy Mother’s Day!





That’s it for now…till we exchange a few words again…Peace!

45 comments:

  1. Hi Lazaro
    Awesome post, very touching.
    Have a great weekend x

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  2. Heaven for any mother. I am so glad people are learning about Ann Jarvis and her mom and that we are all spreading the word. I never knew anything about her until now. This cake sounds amazing and I can't wait for the recipe. Hope all the moms in your life have a great day!

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  3. What a lovely Mother's Day post. I hope someday you'll share your recipe for the Opera cake with us. I'm intrigued by the blue cheese.
    Sam

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  4. OK when I can get the tears out of my eyes for those beautiful words to your mom and wife I can only say, you are a wonderful son and husband to both and they are very lucky to have you...you don't come across many men that will find the words written with such deep feeling. I commend you for your loving family inspired words. I love those babies you have they are all gorgeous cats, we have two Alfonzo and Catrina....our babies.... hope you all have a wonderful mothers day I love this post of the past and present.

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  5. Happy Mother's Day to your Mum!!!! And your wife as she has many furry children who are ADORABLE!!!!
    Beautiful post dedicated to the women in your life. Wonderfully written as always.
    And the cake is to die for!!!!! Now I'm really wanting brunch :(

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  6. A beautiful post and a beautiful dessert! Your kitties are gorgeous!

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  7. Beautiful post! The cake looks amazing. Love the presentation.

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  8. Happy Mother's Day, I could not have said it better...

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  9. That looks good! And I have to say, all your cats are adorable. Audi is my favorite.

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  10. A very sweet and heartfelt tribute, indeed! As the mom to 3 cats and a dog, I am loving all of your kitties! Adorable.

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  11. Great Mother's Day posting! Very heartfelt and thank you for the history of the day!

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  12. Blue cheese and chocolate. Now that's and inspired combination I must surely try it someday. Gorgeous cake and I know your wife will be appreciative of your efforts.

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  13. my daughter was touching the screen and saying : cutey kitty in all four pictures of yours... then i heard the wishful thinking again that she really hopes to have a cat soon (due to my allergies we cant' have any pets at home)

    if only your mom could read what you just said Lazaro she would be tearing up like i am right now... what a touching post especially coming from a man.

    love those edible flowers hihihi!

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  14. What a great post for Mother's Day! You are so right and your wife must feel so proud she married someone like you! Your furkids are so cute! Thanks for sharing. I had to put my Mother's Day post on my Aqua Sunday blog, a lot of my family stuff goes there. I didn't cook or bake today! :D

    The cake looks amazing and it would be so interesting to try it with the blue cheese in it. I have added blue cheese to a dish that you wouldn't think would work and it was fantastic, it added something you couldn't describe...so I'm game!

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  15. Such a great post Lazaro! Your Mom did such a wonderful job of raising you to be the kind, respectful, loving man that you are today. I'm sure you have made your Mom a very proud woman because all the beauty in her shines through you. Happy Mother's day to your Mom and your wife! Beautiful cats you guys have there!

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  16. I am in the car typing on my laptop while my husband is driving. I immediately turned to him while reading your post to let him know that blue cheese boosts the flavor of chocolate :-) I learn things everyday.
    Mother's Day is a wonderful opportunity to honor the important women in your life. All women are mothers.

    Thanks for a heartwarming post

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  17. Thanks so much for this post! Very well-written, and means so much. :)

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  18. Love this post! I am the mother of two furkids myself, one who looks like Tabetha and one who looks like Bailey! Very cute, hope you all have a great Mother's Day!

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  19. Hi, beautiful words for your mom and wife, thank you for sharing. Also love your kittys; we have 2, Lenny and Squiggy. Audi looks like our Lenny.

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  20. Thank you very much for your touching comments. It never ceases to amaze how wonderful and supportive the people who read this blog are.

    I am truly moved by your sentiments and your reaction to my post.

    Thank you!

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  21. I never knew the history of Mother's day- very cool! And sweet words for your mama and wife! Love it!

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  22. What a lovely post and such a charming way to honor your mother and ALL mothers! I was so pleased to read about Anna Jarvis. I didn't know that was how Mother's Day began.
    And goodness, are those 4 lovely cats yours? How wonderful!

    I had never heard about blue cheese and chocolate being such a great combination. Am most anxious to try it.

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  23. What a lovely tribute to moms and pets that count on their "moms"!

    I am sure that your version of Opera Cake is incredibly delicious.

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  24. What a touching, thoughtful post, Lazaro...Happy Mother's Day to your Mom and your Wife; your Mom raised you to be a lovely man and I'm sure you made them both proud with this wonderful tribute...Your cats are beautiful and I really love getting the chance to see them!...I'm grateful our paths crossed; I've been lucky to "meet" some fine people like yourself over the internet in the last few months since I started blogging...Have a happy week!

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  25. Great Post!

    Hmmmmmmm never thought blue cheese would compliment chocolate, but I'll keep this in mind :)

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  26. Lazaro!!! Please forgive me for being late - it's becoming a habit *ugh* I really need a new laptop, I'm tired of fighting for PC rights with the 4 men in my life LOL

    Please thank your mother for me, for raising you to be the wonderful man you are. I'd like her recipe for parenting too, if possible ;)

    Thank you for such a lovely and moving post. I think you are every mother's hope for the grown up version of their sons :) and your blog is required reading for my boys!

    Your Opera looks divine and I am now dying to combine chocolate and blue cheese!

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  27. Love all these kitties! Especially Audi.
    Your cake sounds yummy and very original!

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  28. What cute kitties! And a very sweet post! Your opera cakes is irresistible with all those delicious components! I didn't know about the blue cheese - sounds like an interesting combo.

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  29. Heartwarming. My son was the first to call me yesterday morning. You are truely a blessing. And you do understand, we ALL are waiting for that recipe, right?

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  30. What a beautiful post for the women in your life!

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  31. What a lovely post! I'm actually moved. :) Wish I was there to eat it. :) All I got was a mani/pedi gift certificate. But, hey, I'll take it.

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner
    www.mawhats4dinner.com

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  32. Beautiful post Lazaro! I know your mom is proud of you. The edible flowers are so creative.

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  33. Another beautiful post, Lazaro. It's what makes coming to your site such a pleasure!

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  34. A beautiful post Lazaro! Your cats are adorable!

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  35. What a wonderful post Lazaro! So well said :)

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  36. This is such a sweet, heartwarming post. It was really a pleasure to read, Lazaro!

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  37. What a very sweet post! And what cute little opera cakes! Tres gourmet.

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  38. A Happy Mother's Day to your wonderful mother! She certainly raised an exceptional son :) I'm looking forward to the day when I am a mother myself, although I guess our little dogs can count for now :)

    Your version of Opera Cake looks delicious! I never would have through of adding blue cheese. That is very clever!

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  39. Hey Lazaro! I hope you had a good Mother's day with all of the Mommies in your family.
    Oh, and blue cheese and chocolate? What? Really? I'm curious about this one.
    By the way, you have a witchy kitty names Tabetha! Nice...

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  40. Lazarito, what a sweet post, I loved it! Your Opera Cake looks like it would definitely create an opera in the mouth upon tasting it! I hope you enjoyed your Mother's Day. And, I agree about your wifey likely becoming an excellent mommy ... well, what are you waiting for???? :-) Tu prima.

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  41. Oh so many cute cats! Audi does have those eyes :o) and what a wonderful post for Mother's day! not to mention the Opera, a pure delight, you could not have picked a better dessert for the occasion! Now your combo always intrigued me, the blue cheese and chocolate? I want to try it!

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  42. Your mom and wife are lucky ladies to have a decent and talented man in their life.

    I have not doubt that your mom is very proud of you for being the man that you are and of herself for raising you to become the wonderful person that you are.

    And any woman who has a man in her life who can make an Opera cake has hit the jackpot! :)

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  43. Lazaro wonderful and a touching post!
    A Very Happy Belated Mommies Day to all the lovely Mom's in your house! dessert look awesome with the deadly combo of blue cheese and chocolate!

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  44. Beautiful post. I've been wondering how mom's have time to blog myself! They are amazing women indeed.

    The tip about blue cheese and chocolate is very interesting, I will put it to the test one day soon. It just sounds so bizarre..

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