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Sunday, May 9, 2021 is Mother's Day. 

It’s time to celebrate that special woman in your life. You know -- the one who gave birth to you, knew just how to apply Band-aids and get-well kisses; put up with your teenage pouting and didn’t even snicker when you wobbled around in your first high heels.

Here's a little story about my Mom.  As you well know, my mother has some sort of inborn allergic reaction to the kitchen, which she almost certainly passed on to me hence my love for all things quick when it comes to cooking. But I have to say my mother is a sheer genius when it comes to salads both of the fruit and veggie variety.

I take her lead and choose unusual and/or tropical fruits when it comes to fruit salads—I cut them up and dust with some confectioners’ sugar for that tropical island feel. Mom goes for glamorous greens, too, and somehow they always taste special. She swears it’s her salad bowl—a big, wooden thing that seems to bring the flavor out of a simple blend of mixed field greens, fresh garlic, salt, olive oil, and a bright squeeze of lemon. So simple, yet superb. Every time I make a salad that gets oohs and ahhs, I think how lucky I am to have inherited the salad queen's DNA. Ironically, I am equally lucky for her lack of culinary interest, without which I never would have a kosher kitchen career today.

So if you want to give Mom a day to remember, make a super buffet brunch in her honor! Make it big and festive, boisterous and fun, full of people celebrating your wonderful mom.

The second Sunday in May is coming up fast, so you need to prepare now. Send out the invites or make those phone calls today, while you’re thinking of it. Next, it’s time to plan your menu. (That’s where I come in.)

And since spring is full bloom, let the beautiful colors and fragrances of fresh flowers abound at your table too. Let’s give Mom a dazzling and delicious day that says “We love you!”

Choose from these 3 buffet options or mix and match to create the Mother's Day brunch of your dreams, salads, fish and desserts!


Leek and Baby Spinach Soup
Wonton Chips with Edamame Dip
Cold Smoked Fish Salad
Smoked Salmon and Goat Cheese Bruschetta
Baby Spinach and Portobello Mushroom Salad
California Avocado Salad
Long Grain and Wild Rice Salad
Avocado and Seared Tuna Steak Salad
Fish Fusilli
Spinach and Feta Fish Bites


Mango Strawberry Soup
Papaya Guacamole
Eggplant and Tomato Crostini
Potato and Goat Cheese Triangles
Roasted Asparagus Salad with Citrus Dressing
Asian Salad with Carrot Ginger Dressing
Winter Citrus Salad
Party Pinwheel Finger Sandwiches
Spring Pasta Primavera


Home-made Chocolate Fondue – with fresh fruit to dip
Low Fat Lemon Cheesecake
Strawberry Shortcake Trifle
Pavlovas with Lemon Curd Whipped Cream
Molasses Spiced Bundt Cake


• Sparkling Lemon Cocktail
Wild Blueberry Daiquiri
Crowd Pleasing Punch