An At-Home Cafe Experience

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Looking for some great meal ideas for Mother’s Day? Mimic that favorite cafe experience and make some good cheap eats at home.

An At-Home Cafe Experience

Once upon a time the word cafe denoted a coffee house or coffee shop. It still does. But, in my experience it also suggests a restaurant that offers lighter fare.

There’s a national chain of cafes that once was my favorite. I’ve found that their prices have increased while their portions have shrunk. Hubs thinks its more “chick food” than he typically likes, but he actually goes there more often than I do.

Lighter fare, like soups, salads, and sandwiches are pretty easy to make at home. In fact, they make a perfect Mother’s Day luncheon. If you’re cooking for moms this weekend or are considering hosting a bridal or baby shower in the next few months, consider these recipes, some of my very favorites.

You can make the cafe experience at home quite easily. Prepare a few pots of soup, a couple salads, and a platter of assorted sandwiches. Offer pitchers of ice water, tea, coffee, and juice. Bon appetit!

The Cafe Experience at Home

An At-Home Cafe Experience

The At-Home Panera Experience

Mimic her favorite cafe meal by making a variety of soups, salads, and sandwiches to choose from.

Cheese Soup with Vegetables

An At-Home Cafe Experience

Roasted Vegetable SoupAn At-Home Cafe Experience

Samwiches: Brie and Bacon Panini with Mushrooms and Onions

An At-Home Cafe Experience

Turkey Avocado Baguette with Chipotle Mayonnaise

An At-Home Cafe Experience

Poorman’s Chicken Caesar

An At-Home Cafe Experience

Pear and Blue Cheese Salad with Maple Spiced Toppings

What’s your favorite soup, salad, or sandwich?

About Jessica Fisher

I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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  1. LydiaF says:

    Great idea and lovely selection of recipes. Gonna pass this on to my daughter 🙂

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