(BPT) - She's your biggest fan and the one you call whenever you need advice. Moms should be celebrated every day of the year, but there's no better time to show her you care than on Mother's Day!
This year, rather than going with the tried-and-true gift of flowers and chocolate, surprise Mom with a day of activities she's sure to remember for years to come. Esteemed celebrity chef and Iron Chef America judge Donatella Arpaia says to make Mom smile, turn to the kitchen for food, fun and a dash of love, and follow these five tips to create new Mother's Day traditions:
Tip 1: Find activities for the entire family to actively partake in.
'Start Mother's Day off right with breakfast in bed,' says Arpaia. 'Try something new this year that the entire family can indulge in together - my 'Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast Pizza'! It's absolutely delish and you can personalize it to reflect Mom's favorite ingredients. Also, don't forget her favorite coffee and fresh squeezed orange juice. It's all about the details for Mom's special day!'
Tip 2: Create divine dishes by stocking up on delicious ingredients and storing them correctly.
'If you have little helpers assisting with the preparation of Mom's breakfast pizza, assemble ingredients ahead of time and store them in the LG InstaView Refrigerator's Door-in-Door compartment, which makes them easily accessible without having to open the entire fridge,' says Arpaia. 'You can also knock twice on the glass InstaView panel and it lights up, letting you see what's inside without having to open the door and helping you keep your prized cooking ingredients front and center. Go the extra mile and write simple recipe instructions on Post-it notes for your little ones. This will make them feel so proud knowing that they made breakfast themselves ... with a little help from Dad.'
Tip 3: Make sure your kitchen is well-equipped.
The right tools - including your appliances - not only make cooking more fun, but also allow novice chefs to cook like professionals in their own homes. 'Make technology work hardest for you, even in the kitchen,' says Arpaia. 'Think like a chef and choose appliances that make every meal unforgettable. I am loving LG's ProBake Convection ovens because the heating element can be found on the back wall versus the bottom, guaranteeing even cooking on every rack, every time. Your breakfast pizza will definitely come out crispy and delicious when baked using ProBake Convection technology!'
Tip 4: Relax, enjoy a slice and give the gift of time.
'As a busy, working mom, what I treasure most is a day without cooking and cleaning - and simply being present with my family,' says Arpaia. 'After making breakfast pizza for Mom, give her the gift of your time and engage in your favorite family activity. Keep technology at bay - unless it's in the kitchen working for you! Go for a hike, play a board game, relax and enjoy! It's essential to slow down and savor those sweet moments with your whole family.'
Tip 5: Give her a gourmet experience with a celebrity chef-approved recipe.
To really wow Mom, Arpaia developed a Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast Pizza recipe you can bake at home. Given her success with the Prova Pizzabar restaurant in NYC, Mom is certain to be impressed.
Donatella Arpaia's Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast Pizza
1 pound pizza dough, at room temperature (store bought or recipe for dough attached)
1/4 cup prepared pesto
1 cup (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup cherry tomatoes halved, tossed with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper
1/4 cup thick chunks of ham
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Parmesan cheese, to taste
About 30 minutes before baking the pizza, preheat the oven to 500 F and place a large, rimless baking sheet in the lower third of the oven; for the most even cooking and optimal heat distribution, use an LG ProBake Convection oven. Place a large sheet of parchment paper on a work surface and dust the parchment lightly with flour.
Stretch dough using hands or rolling pin. Pierce the dough firmly all over with the tines of a fork.
Slide pizza with parchment onto a baking sheet, then slide it onto the hot rimless baking sheet in the oven.
When the dough is slightly puffed, at about 7 minutes, take out of oven and spread on pesto mixture, top with mozzarella cheese, cherry tomatoes, Parmesan and ham. Be sure to keep your toppings stored in a secure compartment separate from the main refrigerator, like the LG InstaView refrigerator's Door-in-Door; this provides easy access to your ingredients without having to open the entire fridge and ensures they stay fresh while prepping. Place back in oven for another 3 minutes until cheese is melted. Slide pizza out, crack four eggs (one on each quarter of pizza), place back in oven and broil for about 4 minutes or until egg cooks to over easy (LG ProBake Convection will ensure consistent heating on the top and bottom of the pizza pan).
Grab the edge of the parchment and transfer the pizza from the oven to a cutting board, again using a rimless baking sheet or back of a rimmed pan to facilitate moving it. Drop ricotta cheese by rounded teaspoonful over top, cut and serve. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Donatella's Homemade Pizza Dough
2 3/4 teaspoons fresh yeast or active dry yeast
4 1/8 cups fresh water
2 3/4 tablespoons sea salt
12 1/3 cups type '00' flour
Sprinkle the yeast over the water and let stand until the yeast is creamy, about 1 minute. Stir until the yeast dissolves. In a large bowl, add the sea salt, yeast mixture and the flour; stir until a soft dough forms.
Transfer the dough ball to a lightly floured surface and knead, adding more flour if necessary, until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Lightly coat another large bowl with olive oil. Place the dough in the bowl, turning it to oil the top. Cover with plastic wrap and store someplace warm; let rise until it doubles in size, about 6 hours.
Shape the dough into a 20-ounce ball. Place the ball on a nonstick surface or parchment paper, and then cover with plastic wrap, allowing room for the dough to expand. Let the dough rise until doubled, 8-12 hours.
Rest the dough in the LG InstaView refrigerator's Door-in-Door compartment for 2-4 hours. Knock twice on the refrigerator's glass panel to keep tabs on its progress without opening the fridge door, reducing cold air loss to keep the dough fresh. Your homemade dough is now ready to be baked. Remove dough and allow it to come to temperature for 45 minutes.
Preheat oven to as high as it can go for 15 minutes. Take sheet pan tray and spread thin layer of oil all over. Put some flour on your hand and stretch dough on table, then transfer into tray and press the dough further into shape of pan. Drizzle dough with about 2 tablespoons olive oil.