With Genius Recipes correspondent Kristen off for a few months trying to raise a genius newborn, we’re revisiting the column’s Greatest Hits with brand-new videos—and hearing from a few special surprise guests. Wish her luck! (And keep sending those tips.)
I’m a mama’s boy. When it comes to sons who dote on their mothers, I win first prize. I call Jean every week, send her recipes I’m excited about, and fly home to Atlanta whenever my dad goes out of town on business. She says she loves my brother and me equally, but let’s be real: We all know who’s the favorite.
As award-winning as I am in the son department, there’s one thing I’m terrible at: buying my mom gifts. For years I sent her kitchen appliances that just ended up in the closet, bottles of wine she never drank, and sweaters that still have the tags on them.
Until one day, I realized there was a priceless gift I could give her, something she’d appreciate more than anything: a home-cooked meal.
Which is why every chance I get—on Mother’s Day weekend and otherwise—I cook her a bountiful spread filled with new dishes she’s never tried. Even better when the spread is for brunch, her favorite meal. Think: olive-oil granola, mochi pancakes, and the crispiest roasted potatoes on the planet. (And, best yet, she loves when I write down all these Genius brunch recipes, so she can make them on her own.)
As it's Kristen's first year as a mom, I feel a great responsibility here to do Mother's Day justice, Genius-style. So here are some of my favorite recipes from the column over the years, carefully selected for their unparalleled cleverness—and for how much my mother will love eating them:
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