We’re edging into strawberry season, which means that in warmer parts of the country those fragrant, ruby-hued berries are popping up at the farmers markets, and pick-your-own operations are finally open for business. In cooler areas, we’re relying on supermarket berries for now, but even those are flavorful and juicy at this time of year.
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Most everyone wants to show Mom love on her special day. For those who plan to prepare homemade gifts, we polled a few chefs around the country on what they cook to make their moms feel treasured on Mother’s Day. Take your pick of recipes, from French berry tarts to a Mexican Love Cake, and make your mother’s day!
If you’ve dropped the Mother’s Day ball this year and forgotten to pick up a present for Mom, you’re in luck, because it’s not too late to invite her to a tea party in her honor. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts used everyday craft supplies and garden-fresh fixings to create a sweet atmosphere with the decor, and assembled a menu of can-do recipes. Read on below to see what they made and learn how they did it.
If you’re planning a special meal this Mother’s Day, leave dainty fruit cups and low-fat yogurt parfaits off the menu. This Sunday, Mom’s only goal should be relaxation and enjoyment — and that, we believe, starts with a hearty breakfast in bed. Once the lady of the house has awoken (hopefully long after sunrise), load up her breakfast tray with wholesome goodies she can enjoy in big bites and generous forkfuls. Here are some of our most-satisfying breakfast dishes, perfect for a leisurely morning under the covers.
Chocolate-Banana Pancake Breakfast Casserole
A basic shortcake pales in comparison to this decadent breakfast casserole from Food Network Kitchen. The assembly is simple: Start with a layer of fluffy flapjacks, then sprinkle some banana slices and chocolate chips over the top. Don’t forget to douse the whole thing with a sweet and creamy egg mixture, then repeat the layers until your casserole dish is filled to the rim.
A bouquet of flowers will never go out of style, but these fresh, floral spins on Mom’s favorite things will have her feeling all warm and fuzzy on her special day. From flowery cocktails garnished with petals and sprigs to springtime confections that taste just-bloomed after baking, any one of these special treats will prove the perfect companion for your Mother’s Day brunch.
You’d better be extra-sweet to Mom on Mother’s Day, and baking her this pretty-in-pink cake is one festive way to do it. Anne Burrell’s Victorian Rose Geranium Cake for Food Network Magazine is imbued with the essence of real rose geranium leaves, both in the pink-tinged frosting and in the cake itself.
We’re certainly not suggesting that you tell the kids to put the brakes on hand-delivered breakfast in bed this year. But when was the last time you made exactly what you wanted, and just plain had fun whipping it up? We thought so. Treat yourself to one of these friendly, tasty dishes this Mother’s Day — it’s up to you whether you share it with the family or not (aw, we know you will!).
This batch is just a little bit more enticing than the faded, dateless box of pancake mix hiding in your pantry, don’t you think?
This weekend, get last-minute ideas for Mother’s Day from your favorite chefs. First up on Saturday, Ree Drummond is getting pampered by her kids and cowboy as they cook up filets with shrimp-peppercorn sauce and oven-roasted potatoes and asparagus. After that, the co-hosts of The Kitchen are sharing their ideas for a foolproof brunch complete with mini club sandwiches, roast beef sliders and Katie Lee’s asparagus-and-spinach frittata.
It’s off to the races this weekend at Churchill Downs for the 142nd annual Kentucky Derby. Though the race itself is only a matter of minutes, Derby fanatics turn it into the biggest party of the year. Right up there with finding the floppiest hat you can wear without tipping over is pinning down your viewing party menu. We’ve got dessert covered on race day, with boozy and minty sweet treats inspired by the Southern cocktail favorite the mint julep. Trust us, even after the horses cross the finish line, you’ll find any excuse to down these refreshing, bourbon-spiked desserts.