“Moms do so much, it’s a shame they only get one day in return,” says L.A.-based celebrity chef Curtis Stone. (Cue the awws.)
This year, he’s making Mother's Day count with a menu paying tribute to some of the mothers he loves: his wife, actress Lindsay Price, his mother, Lozza, and his two late grandmothers, Gwen and Maude.
Curtis Stone's Mother's Day Menu
For his wife, he makes Chunky Guac with Feta & Mint.
"Lindsay is obsessed with guacamole," he says. "When she was pregnant with our older son, Hudson, I made it for her every day, so I came up with lots of different versions. This one—with feta for some saltiness and mint for freshness—is a favorite of hers. The dukkah, a blend of spices and nuts, adds nice richness.”
Get the recipe: Chunky Guac with Feta & Mint
For his mother, he makes a Spring Garden Salad.
"I come from a family of green thumbs," he says. "My mom’s dad had a small produce farm, and she was a florist. Sometimes, my mom and I compete to see who can grow more varieties of vegetables. This salad is inspired by things from our gardens, like radishes, scallions and greens.”
Get the recipe: Spring Garden Salad
For Gwen, he makes Smoky Grilled Chicken with Mojo.
"My mom grew up in the Australian countryside, where they kept animals for food. Her mom, Gwen, cooked meat over an open fire, which is why I cook my chicken on the grill. The garlicky, citrusy mojo sauce, however, is inspired by a recent trip I took to Cuba. Gwenny wouldn’t even know what it is!”
Get the recipe: Smoky Grilled Chicken with Mojo
For Maude, he makes Chocolate Hazelnut Pudding Cakes.
"Maude, my granny on my dad’s side, came to Australia from England when she was a very young girl. She was the opposite of rustic, often serving tea and scones on fine china. She also had a sweet tooth, and she used to make English- style steamed puddings. This one—made with Nutella—is less traditional, but still delicious.”
Get the recipe: Chocolate Hazelnut Pudding Cakes
Family photos courtesy of Curtis Stone.