How Our Food Editors Are Celebrating Their Moms on Mother's Day This Year
Our food editors know that the way to a mother's heart is by making her something special to eat. So, to inspire your upcoming Mother's Day creations, we asked them to share what they are planning to whip up for the holiday. Their general consensus? Spring fruits (think strawberries and rhubarb) are trending—and, of course, there's a heightened interest in breakfast baked goods.
When Riley Wofford, our Assistant Food Editor, gets to spend time with her mom, for example, celebrations tend to be on the sweeter side. "We both have a sweet tooth," she laughs. This year, her plans for Mom include making Strawberry-Rhubarb Bostock—"It is so much better than the expected French toast. It is crisp and custardy at the same time and you have to take advantage of rhubarb while you can!" she says—and Cinnamon Rolls. She admits that the rolls take time, but it's a labor of love, after all. "These are great because you can make them the night before and then proof and bake them in the morning," she adds, noting that she always makes extra icing—but that's more for her, as opposed to her mother.
Our Editorial Director of Food and Entertaining, Sarah Carey, is planning an easy midday meal for her mom this year—and she's also thinking about rhubarb. She might make a version of her baked apple French toast, but will substitute rhubarb for the apple (something she knows Mom will enjoy). Strawberry Scones with homemade Lemon Curd, one of her mom's favorite sweets, is also on deck. There will be savory things on her table, too—perhaps a frittata and a salad, says Sarah.
Deputy Food Editor Greg Lofts, on the other hand, will be celebrating his mother from afar: "My mom lives far away, so I rarely get to see her on Mother's Day," he explains. "The one thing she loves more than anything else is a handwritten letter. For her that is the best gift, short of being with her kids." If he could be with her, he'd whip up his signature "buttermilk biscuits for breakfast with soft scrambled eggs, bacon, good butter, apricot jam, honey, and so on," he shares. "She asks for the biscuits whenever we're together."
Yes, Mother's Day and breakfast goes hand in hand, but Senior Food Editor Lauryn Tyrell, a mom to two boys, aged 7 and 2, suggests looking beyond brunch. While she's hoping (and hinting!) to start the day with coffee and toast, courtesy of her older son, she's excited for dinner: Her husband excels at chicken cookery, so a simple roast with plenty of vegetables is on the menu. To recreate her pick, try our one-pan Roast Chicken with Vegetables and Potatoes, or the more elevated Peruvian-Style Roast Chicken with Potatoes, which, according to Lauryn, has "an addictive sauce and potatoes." She's also hoping that the dishes will be handled—we second that.