The simplest way to thank mom this Sunday is with a homemade meal — it’s simple, but more importantly, it comes from the heart. With numerous recipes to choose from, Food Network has pulled together its favorite Mother’s Day recipes in one place — for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
1. Breakfast in bed made by the kids. Mom shouldn’t be anywhere near the stove or the sink this Sunday, so gather up the kids and let them try Giada’s recipes like Baked French Toast with Blueberries and Citrus Cream Smoothies. These recipes are easy for the little ones to make (with supervision) and delicious enough for the whole family to eat.
RECIPES: Mother’s Day Breakfast – Let the Kids Cook
2. Schedule tea time. If you’ve planned a large breakfast, opt for a lighter lunch. Ask mom to dress up (make sure she wears a hat) and have a cup of tea with her. Tea sandwiches are an old-fashioned favorite, but these recipes transform the classics. Be sure to try the Ham, Brie and Apple, Olive-Focaccia and Pesto Chicken varieties.
RECIPES: 50 Tea Sandwiches
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Want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, but you’re short on time to prepare a full fiesta? Marcela Valladolid of Food Network’s Mexican Made Easy is sharing her five simple tips to throw a quick Cinco de Mayo party at home with your family and friends.
1. Instead of making a sit-down dinner, try serving a cocktail spread with just two or three small bites.
Try these recipes, which can all be cooked in under 30 minutes:
Mexican Squash with Yogurt Dip, Sweet and Spicy Drumettes, Mexico City-Style Tacos and Shrimp-Stuffed Chiles
2. Come up with one signature cocktail, that way you don’t have to stock a full bar.
Try one of these recipes:
Watermelon and Mint “Agua Fresca” (non-alcoholic), Baja-Style Limeade (non-alcoholic), Mexican Cucumber Martinis or Chocolate Margaritas
More tips on music and home decor after the jump »
Are you a hoagie hound? Do you crave crusty bread rolls stuffed with juicy steak and cheese, or do you go crazy for cold cuts and fresh vegetables? Either way, if you have ever eaten and reveled in a particularly sensational submarine sandwich, today is your day. Celebrate this heroic holiday by crafting a few hoagies of your own. Our recipes below are easy, fast and classically delicious.
Food2.com’s recipe for Cheesy Meatball Subs is classically delicious and packed with traditional Italian tastes. Your favorite meatballs are lined on hefty sandwich buns, drenched in tomato sauce and topped with creamy mozzarella cheese.
Everyone always says that what’s inside is most important. Well, with hoagies, nothing has ever been truer — Mary Alice’s Hoagie Dip from FoodNetwork.com features your favorite ingredients from a classic lunch meat-and-vegetable hoagie but rather than served sandwich-style, it is an appetizer dip.
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We’re teaming up with food and garden bloggers to host Spring Fling 2011, a season-long garden party. In coming weeks, we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. Recently, we dove into the world of asparagus — today, we’re exploring rhubarb.
Rhubarb is a large reddish, celery-like stalk with large green leaves. Even though rhubarb is commonly paired with strawberries to create tarts, cobblers and pies, this lengthy root is a vegetable. It tends to be tart, needing the addition of ample sweeteners like sugar and additional fruits.
Here’s how to incorporate rhubarb in your Mother’s Day menu »
Creamy risotto is mixed with Bibb lettuce, Parmesan cheese and fresh lemon juice and can be served as a light main or hearty side — perfect for Mother’s Day. Tangy Italian cheese and asparagus top this Italian classic for an extra burst of flavor.
Get the recipe: Risotto With Asparagus
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Easter is right around the corner and while everyone’s busy preparing for the main course, whether it be ham or lamb, don’t forget to end your holiday meal with a sweet.
Food Network has rounded up Easter desserts for everyone at the dinner table:
Easter cupcakes: 11 adorable holiday cupcakes with one vanilla cupcake batter.
Just Desserts Buffet: Soothe your Easter sweet tooth with a buffet featuring Giada’s classic Easter pie and Paula’s family recipe for carrot cake.
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The best parts of a Peep are the little eyes and nose. No, for real. They’re tiny dots of chocolate and everyone knows that chocolate and marshmallow is one of the more amazing comfort food combinations (right up there with peanut butter and jelly). The problem is that there’s not enough chocolate on the bunny or chicks face to really satisfy. The good people at Just Born recognize the wonder of marshmallow Peeps + chocolate and came out with chocolate-covered Peeps a few years ago. They’re more expensive than the original though, and the chocolate coating is sort of chemical-y tasting. So it’s best to do-it-yourself. Homemade chocolate fondue is super-easy to make (tip: you can even make it in the microwave), and assorted Peeps and fruit and whatever else you like to dip look quite festive on a platter. Make it for Easter, or after Easter with all the leftover candy.
Get Paula Deen’s easy chocolate fondue recipe »
Tired of missing out on Easter morning festivities like egg hunts because you’re preparing breakfast? It’s time to join in on the fun thanks to Paula Deen’s French toast casserole, which can be prepped the day before and baked off the morning of. Finish it off with her decadent praline topping, made with butter, brown sugar, pecans and cinnamon.
Get the recipe: Baked French Toast Casserole with Maple Syrup
Browse Food Network’s Easter menu, complete with recipes for all-day eating!
Put all of that Easter candy to good use by making dessert a family affair. After dinner, set up a cupcake toppings bar and offer your guests a choice of sweets like jelly beans, chocolate covered cookies and fruit that will complement Melissa d’Arabian’s white chocolate frosting.
Get the recipe: Easter Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting
Browse Food Network’s Easter menu, complete with recipes for all-day eating!
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Nut-allergics, beware. Today is National Pecan Day. Though often featured in sweet pies and holiday sides, pecans are also popular in savory main dishes and, when eaten raw, are a perfectly healthy afternoon snack. So today, celebrate their natural goodness by cooking up these pecan-filled recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Start your day off the nutty way with Kelsey Nixon’s French Toast with Maple Pecan Syrup from food2.com. Sweet brioche bread is dunked in an egg, cinnamon and vanilla mixture before being cooked in a sizzling skillet and topped with a silky syrup of maple and pecans.
For lunch, toss together food.com’s Strawberry Spinach Pecan Salad — light and refreshing, this salad is a vegetarian’s dream. For an extra punch of protein, add sliced grilled chicken or tofu.
Cookingchanneltv.com’s show-stopping recipe for Pecan Crusted Double-Cut Pork Chops is a cinch to make and elegant enough to serve to company. Add a side of Emeril Lagasse’s Roasted Vegetable Pecan Relish for a hearty dinner that will leave you and your guests satisfied for hours.
Before closing the book on this nutty national holiday, try foodnetwork.com’s recipe for a Chocolate-Toffee Pecan Tart. With a buttery chocolate crust and bourbon-pecan filling, this super simple dessert is as decadent as it sounds.
Check out these other recipes for pecan-packed dishes from foodnetwork.com:
Sugar and Spice Pecans
Gussie’s Fried Chicken with Pecan-Honey Glaze
Caramel Pecan Sundaes