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This Mother's Day may be extra special for families. For some moms and their children, it will be the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic that they can gather safely without masks.
With vaccinations rolling out and COVID-19 rates of infection dropping in most places, families may finally feel comfortable hugging and celebrating.
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So this Mother's Day, usher moms and grandmothers out of the kitchen and treat them to a decadent brunch — one that looks impressive but isn't too difficult to make.
Four food professionals contributed meaningful Mother's Day brunch recipes to make the menu memorable. Choose a few of the recipes below or make them all.
Food for a crowd
Tacos top the list of Chef Arturo Franco-Camacho's favorite dishes, and he serves plenty at both of his Connecticut restaurants, the Geronimo Tequila Bar & Southwest Grill and the Camacho Garage.
For Mother's Day, this version of tacos is a crowd-pleaser and can easily serve a big group. This recipe is easy to adapt based on what you have in the fridge (and what you like!), and since guests assemble their own taco, it leaves time for the cook to socialize.
Prep time: 15-20 minutes (depends on ingredients)
Cook time: varies based on what you include
Serves: A big family — you can make as much or as little as you need
- 6 cups fresh scrambled eggs
- 6 cups fried potatoes
- 6 cups refried beans
- 6 cups chorizo or bacon, cooked
- 12 6-inch corn tortillas, heated
- 2 cups queso fresco, fresh cotija, cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
- Salsa of your choice
1. Set out bowls containing the fillings, cheese, salsa and cilantro.
2. Each person builds their own taco by placing their favorite fillings in the center of the tortilla and topping with cheese, salsa and a little cilantro.
3. Fold the filled tortilla and spread some butter on the top half of the folded tortilla and place under the broiler a few minutes to crisp the top a bit and melt the cheese inside — or eat as is.
A sweet brunch treat
Chef Brian Jupiter spends most days whipping up dishes for his two Chicago restaurants, Ina Mae Tavern and Frontier, but on Mother's Day he spends it in the kitchen with his daughter making blueberry and almond bread pudding.
"My daughter Adriana and I make this dish for Mother's Day every year,” says Jupiter. “It's easy enough to whip up with your kids and doesn't take a lot of time so you can focus on other dishes for your meal."
Blueberry and Almond Bread Pudding
Prep time: 10 minutes