Mother's Day

On Mother's Day, you may find yourself humming that old tune that begins, "M is for the many things she gave to me" (and goes on to spell out all the fabulous things about "M-O-T-H-E-R"). Probably first on the list of the things mom has given you is food served with love. So for today, give it back by cooking up something special with these Mother's Day recipes (and if you're a mom yourself, share the recipes with your kids: hint, hint). How about an easygoing Mother's Day breakfast or brunch, with rich French toast, fluffy omelets, fresh strawberries, and, of course, a sparkling mimosa cocktail (mom deserves a Champagne toast, after all)? Or maybe mom will have a chance to sleep in (now there's a luxury) and arise just in time to savor a leisurely lunch of crispy buttermilk fried chicken and herbed cheese biscuits. If you want to pull out all the stops, prepare an elegant Mother's Day dinner of filet-mignon or perfectly cooked and juicy pork chops. (Show her all the kitchen tricks you learned from her!) And then give her a sweet surprise by baking a beautiful Mother's Day cake-whether she's a cheesecake lover or a mile-high- layer-cake kind of gal, we have cake recipes to tickle her fancy. C'mon, it's Mom; time to spoil her a little.

See Popular Mother's Day Recipes

12 Best Brunch Recipes to Make Your Mother's Day

Whether you're surprising mom with breakfast in bed or enjoying a plated meal full of fond memories, these 12 brunch recipes will make any mother's day.

Mother's Day Brunch: Skip the Crowds and Savor the Morning

We love Mom; we love brunch--so you'd think we'd absolutely flip for Mother's Day brunch. But alas, no. You see, come Mother's Day everybody and their mother (literally) is scrambling to make reservations for brunch.

A Mother's Day Tea: Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice

Good old Mom. How we love her! And as Mother's Day approaches, how we wish we were back in preschool so that a teacher would take charge of our Mother's Day gift -- a clay disk with our hand print in it, or a fan made out of lace-trimmed wallpaper.

9 Mother's Day Treats for Dad and the Kids to Make

NO BREAKFAST IN BED for Mother's Day. That's the main thing I want to say. It's become one of the worst Mother's Day rites. Daddy and the kids wake Mom up by shoving a tray in her face and screaming "Happy Mother's Day!" at her. On the tray is her breakfast, which they've prepared together. Burnt toast is supposed to be traditional at this feast, although it's my experience that the kids are more likely to have made chocolate-chip pancakes with butterscotch sauce. (Nooo, don't you dare make these Peanut Waffles with Butterscoth Sauce!) Mom feigns delight,read more

Ham, Asparagus, and Cheese Breakfast Strata

this spring-inspired egg strata with ham, asparagus, and cheese is perfect for Easter or Mother's Day breakfast or brunch.

Want Healthier Kids? Get 'em in the Kitchen!

Mother's Day is coming up, and for any number of moms, that means a morning feigning sleep while listening to the kids in the kitchen trying to figure out how to make you breakfast in bed. (Heartwarming, yes -- until you hear the mixing bowl go "crash!") But a couple recent studies suggest that there's good reason to get your kids into the kitchen more -- and not just because you're angling for a gourmet Mother's Day breakfast-in-bed next year. Kids who start cooking early are more likely to prepare upwards of five home-cooked meals per weekread more

Goat Cheese Puddings

Food & Wine

Poppy, known for simple, seasonal dishes from chef Jerry Traunfeld, keeps a molecular gastronomist in the pastry station. Dana Cree uses techniques she picked up at the Fat Duck in the U.K. and New York City's WD-50. "I learned to divorce flavors from their original textures to create something new," she says.

Total: 2 hrs
Total: 5 hrs 35 mins

Hazelnut Pavlova With Coffee Cream

Better Homes and Gardens
Total: 6 hrs 10 mins

Outrageous Yankee Cheesecake with Citrus Glaze

Smithfield

Paula learned a couple of things from her friends up North, including how to make the best cheesecake ever.

Total: 2 hrs 15 mins

Gooey Peanut Pie

Ladies' Home Journal

Trust us: adding crumbled bacon adds an appealing saltiness that plays off of the sweet flavors.

Total: 2 hrs 15 mins

Apricot-and-Blueberry Tart

Food & Wine

For the boules potlucks, Michel Keller, owner and pastry chef of Restaurant du Village in Chester, Connecticut, makes a big fruit tart using an 18-inch antique pan he inherited from his grandfather. He adapted the recipe to produce the far simpler, 12-inch version here.

Total: 4 hrs 30 mins

Crispy Chicken Leg Confit with Couscous and Olives

Food & Wine

Chef Way: Chef Donald Link cooks chicken in duck fat until it's meltingly tender.

Easy Way: Skip the duck fat and opt for olive oil instead.

Total: 3 hrs
Total: 6 hrs 15 mins
Total: 35 mins

Berry Ice Cubes

Better Homes and Gardens

Float these ice cubes in a fruit-flavored punch.

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