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Classic mothers day recipe | chef brian huston | BlueStar

May 6, 2015



Reading, PA, May 6, 2015 – Mother’s Day is just a few days away and everyone is busy preparing for the best way to celebrate mom.  While many people look for gift certificates to spas, there is just something about a home-cooked meal and spending time with family that makes Mother’s Day special.

“My family sat down for dinner just about every night growing up.  As a chef there is nothing better than cooking for the ones you love,” says Brian Huston, BlueStar® All Star chef.  Brian Huston is the head chef and owner of Boltwood in Evanston, IL.  He previously served as chef de Cuisine of The Publican, in Chicago before opening his own restaurant.  The Evanston, Illinois native boasts a solid career of building on classical culinary training, including stages at some of the country’s finest restaurants.

Huston shows his appreciation for the moms in his life – his wife and mother – by creating special meals for them.  Huston starts the day with his wife’s favorite breakfast, an everything whole wheat bagel with black bean spread and avocado as well as some Chemex coffee with cinnamon, honey and cream.  For dinner, his mom’s favorite dish that Chef Huston makes is his traditional favorite, tomato and mozzarella salad, but Huston adds his own twist with watercress and a homemade cilantro dressing.  And despite being a James Beard-nominated chef, Huston said his mom still makes the best soups, especially her American Minestrone.

BlueStar® All Stars are a collection of chefs, critics and interior designers who are passionate about achieving restaurant quality results at home.  Says Chef Huston, “I think of BlueStar® as the Apple computer of the stove world.  The simplicity in the manufacturing of the products makes them straight forward and easy to use.  I also love the sleek design and cool colors.”  Chef Huston’s BlueStar® Platinum range is a bright traffic yellow.

Wow mom on her special day with this homemade American Minestrone.  Want more to accompany the meal?  Check out the BlueStar® blog® blog for more recipes from our All Star chefs.


American Minestrone

Step 1: Sweat all of the ingredients together

  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


Step 2: Add the following ingredients and simmer

  • 2 – 16oz cans of whole tomatoes, crushed
  • 2 – 18oz can of baked beans
  • 1 – 16oz can tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons parsley, minced
  • 3 quarts of water
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar (optional, my mom puts sugar in everything)
  • 1 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry basil


Step 3: Mix meatball mixture by hand and tear into simmering stock.  Serve with 10 ounces of spaghetti broken into thirds and cooked.  Divide evenly into bowls.  Don’t add spaghetti to soup as it will absorb too much of the liquid.

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef or turkey
  • 3/4 cups bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt


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