Each dish on Curtis Stone's menu pays tribute to the moms in his life. “I’ve had strong women around me all my life, and I like to honor them.” No better way than with a laid-back Mother’s Day spread!

"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.

Chunky Guac with Feta & Mint
A recent shot of Curtis and his mom, Lorraine (Lozza) Coles (top left). Lindsay and Curtis with sons Hudson and Emerson (bottom left). Curtis, Lindsay and the boys in 2016 (bottom right).
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"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." 

For his mother, he makes a Spring Garden Salad.

Spring Garden Salad
#TBT with Lozza, Curtis and a pile of puppies!
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"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.

Smoky Grilled Chicken with Mojo
Gwen Armstrong, Curtis’s grandmother and the namesake of one of his restaurants, Circa 1941.
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"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!" 

For Maude, he makes Chocolate Hazelnut Pudding Cakes.

Chocolate Hazelnut Pudding Cakes
Maude Stone, Curtis’s grandmother and the namesake of his other restaurant, on her wedding day in 1944.
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"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."

Family photos courtesy of Curtis Stone.