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49 Mother's Day Breakfast & Brunch Recipes For an Easy Gift

From french toast to fail-proof frittatas and all the rosé spritzers in between, we've got you covered.<p><b>Everyone knows that Mother's Day is all about brunch</b>. Oh, right, and showing your mom you really appreciate everything she's done for you. Even after that thing last Thanksgiving. Our favorite way …

Breakfast

Crocchette di patate (Potato Croquettes)

<i>Crocchette di</i> <i>palate</i>, or <b>potato croquettes</b>, are wonderfully versatile. They are probably most often served as an antipasto, but they can also do fine …

Pallotte cacio e uova (Cheese and Egg Balls)

An iconic dish from the Abruzzo region in the <i>cucina povera</i> tradition, <i>pallotte cacio e uova—</i><b>cheese and egg balls</b><i>—</i>probably got its start as a way to …

Gattò di patate (Neapolitan Potato "Cake")

Another example of the French Bourbon legacy in Neapolitan cooking, this <i>gattò</i>—from the French <i>gateau</i>—is a savory <b>potato ‘cake’</b> made of mashed potatoes …

Mozzarella in carrozza (Fried Mozzarella Sandwiches)

Don’t know about you, but I love cheese. Just about any kind. In our house we tend to eat more cheese during the cool winter months, but the arrival …

Zuppa inglese (Italian Trifle)

<b>Zuppa inglese,</b> literally “English soup”, is actually neither English nor a soup. It is a classic Italian dessert, but the name is apt nevertheless. …

Gnocchi alla sorrentina (Potato Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella)

Potato gnocchi are pretty filling, the kind of food you may associate with the cooler weather. But, in fact, you can enjoy gnocchi all year ’round. …

Homemade Potato Gnocchi

<b>Potato gnocchi</b> are one of the easier types of ‘pasta’ to make at home and are <b></b>most definitely worth the effort. The mini-hockey pucks that are sold …

Gelato: The Basic Recipe

Today we’ll take a look at the basic recipe for everyone’s favorite summer dessert: ice cream! The Italian version of ice cream, called <b>gelato</b>, …

Insalata russa (Russian Salad Italian Style)

Russian Salad, known in Russian as Салат Оливье or Salad Olivier, was once a common feature on festive tables all over the world. <b>Russian salad</b> …

Pollo alla panna (Italian Creamed Chicken)

One of the hallmarks of Italian cooking is its utter simplicity, and few dishes exemplify this quality as well as this one. As the named implies,</b> …

Struffoli (Angelina's Honey Balls)

<b>Struffoli</b>, small balls of dough fried and then covered in honey, is the quintessential Christmas sweet of Naples and its region of Campania. Although …

Sartù di riso (Neapolitan Rice Timbale)

When we think of Neapolitan cooking—and southern Italian cooking in general—we think of pasta and pizza. So it may come as a surprise that one of the …

Cavolfiore al gratin (Cauliflower Gratin)

There’s something so comforting about creamy gratins. Who wouldn’t go for that bubbly, cheesy, warming goodness?<p><b>Cauliflower Gratin</b> is not exclusively …

Carabaccia (Tuscan Onion Soup)

<b>Carabaccia</b> is an ancient Tuscan onion soup, going back to the Renaissance. They say it was a favorite of Leonardo da Vinci—and that, as for so many …

Taralli dolci, or "Nana's Cookies"

This is a recipe near and dear to my heart. It was one of Angelina’s signature dishes. When I was a kid, our family called these “Nana’s Cookies”, …

Penne ai funghi (Penne with Mushroom Tomato Sauce)

Fall is my favorite season, and one of the best reasons to love the Fall is all the wonderful food you get to eat! The sprightly but rather thin …

Tomato Sauce 101

I’m all for convenience when it actually makes life simpler, but it’s always been a mystery to me why people buy those jars of wretched “spaghetti …

Carote marinate (Marinated Carrots)

<i>Carote marinate,</i> or <b>marinated carrots,</b> are beautiful to look at and wonderfully versatile. In season year ’round, they serve equally well as an …

Ossobuco alla milanese

Perhaps the most emblematic dish of the cuisine of Lombardy, the northern Italian region of which Milan is the capital, <i>ossobuco</i> (or <i>oss bus</i> in …

Zuppa di orzo (Italian Barley Soup)

Italian cuisine is known for pasta and risotto and polenta and, to a lesser extent, for <i>farro</i>. But did you know that Italians also enjoy barley? Here …

Bucatini all'amatriciana

It could be said that <b>bucatini all’amatriciana</b> and <i>spaghetti alla carbonara</i> are the ‘Romulus and Remus‘ of Roman cooking. No two dishes typify the …

Polpettone in umido con funghi (Meatloaf in Tomato and Mushroom Sauce)

As the temperatures dip, I find myself seeking out comfort foods. And what says ‘comfort’ more than a good <b>meatloaf</b>? And, yes, Italians make meatloaf …

Peposo (Peppery Tuscan Beef Stew)

This <b>Tuscan beef stew</b> has a long history. The story goes that it was invented by the furnace workers (<i>fornaciai</i>) who baked the terracotta tiles for …

Il ragù della domenica (Sunday Sauce)

The subject of <b>Sunday Sauce</b> always brings me back to my childhood. My passion for food began early, and most of my culinary Ur-memories lead me back …

Lasagna di Carnevale (Angelina’s Lasagna)

Among Angelina’s generation, each of the female family members had a special dish that she was known for. My great-aunt, Angelina’s sister, who we …

Aglio, olio e peperoncino (Pasta with Garlic, Oil and Hot Pepper)

Here’s another super simple pasta that I call the “mother of all pasta dishes” since its garlic and oil base forms the foundation for countless other …

Chiacchiere (Fried "Ribbons")

I wasn’t much on sweets even as a kid, but these little sugar-dusted ribbons of fried dough—variously known as <b>chiacchiere</b>, <i>nastrini</i>, <i>stracci, cenci</i>,</i> …

After The Death Of Their 12-Year-Old Daughter, Parents Find The Letter She Wrote To Her Future Self

In the wake of tragedy, Taylor Smith's parents stumbled across a letter she had written to herself 10 years in the future.