A Last-Minute Mother’s Day Brunch That You Can Throw Together in the Morning — Mother’s Day

So you're hosting Mother's Day brunch and, for whatever reason, you're down to the wire with barely a plan in place. Mom is coming over in just a few hours and you haven't put one thought into what to make. Don't worry — you still have time to pull this off. And there's no need to run out for a dozen doughnuts and a box of joe — you can do this just the way you pictured. This menu will help you put together a fast, fancy, and celebratory brunch together in little to no time. This menu feeds six people and can be made before mom arrives. We've even included a timeline on exactly how you to can pull this off. You've got this!


How My Kids’ Allergies Reshaped My Identity as a Mother and Cook — Mother’s Day Menu

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I recently went to a dinner party at the home of a friend who happens to be a wonderful cook. I was in the kitchen sipping a glass of wine when I glanced at the refrigerator and noticed a list with all of the guests' names on them. Over half of them — including mine — had food restrictions, allergies, or sensitivities listed after their name.

Have you had this experience? A vegetarian friend coming to dinner? Your daughter has gone vegan? Your son has a nut allergy? Your best friend is gluten-free and your own tummy may do better without dairy?

This is the age we are living in, where people are more and more vested in what they are putting into their bodies — whether it is for better health or ethical reasons. Now more than ever you are what you eat, which means who you are can change, too.


This Is What You Should Always Order as a Wedding Guest — Ultimate Summer Wedding Guide

Deciding whether or not you're going to go to a wedding is never the hard part. This is your former coworker's sister's best friend we're talking about. You wouldn't miss it for the world! You even know what you're going to wear! The hard part? Figuring out which box to check for your seated dinner. Do you want the chicken, fish, steak, or the vegetarian option?

How are you supposed to know what you'll want to eat on a Saturday in September? You're not even sure what you want for dinner tonight!

As someone who used to work at a wedding magazine and someone who has attended a few dozen weddings (in just the last couple of years), I have formed my very own strong opinion: The vegetarian option is always the best.


A South Indian New Year’s Eve: 5 Festive Recipes to Welcome the New Year — South Indian New Year’s Eve

Our goal for ringing in the new year? Do it with a flash of color, vibrant flavor, heat, soulfulness, and, of course, sparkle. And no food said that for me this year like the creations coming out of Asha Gomez's kitchen. This year, the chef and restaurateur became a cookbook author and published one of the year's most celebrated cookbooks: My Two Souths.

Asha shared a few recipes with us for a New Year's Eve menu inspired by her two souths — Kerala, the southern-most Indian state where she was born, and the American South, the region she now calls home. I chatted with Asha about the power of spice in her cooking, why fusion is considered the "F word," and how food is always about celebration.


A Menu for a Kinda Classic, Kinda Romantic Date Night In — Date Night In

After living in New York for so many years, planning many date nights out to hip restaurants with my once boyfriend (now fiancé), we've both come to deem the date night in superior. Staying in means that we can honestly and truly catch up with one another in our own relaxed environment, while we're sipping pre-dinner drinks on the couch. It also means that we get to cook together, which is not only interactive, but also just simply fun. Plus, we can leave our slippers on — and cozy is romantic.

The meal doesn't have to be fancy; make something you both enjoy and you'll win. Need inspiration? Here's a menu that's not too fussy and feels just right for date night — a little bit classic, a little bit romantic, and extra delicious.

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A Fantasy Menu for Alice Waters on Bastille Day — Bastille Day

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Alice Waters has said that creating a menu "means creating your own reality." For many years at her famous restaurant, Chez Panisse, she offered up a very special menu for Bastille day, and for the last two decades, she has served a meal that celebrates Northern California garlic.

In that same spirit, I’ve created an imagined menu in tribute to her for Bastille Day.


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