Good food is worth a thousand words—sometimes more. In My Family Recipe, a writer shares the story of a single dish that’s meaningful to them and their loved ones.


My mother, Caroline Ragsdale Reutter of Caroline’s Cakes, had a background in interior design, but good food was always a major ingredient in her life. And growing up in Lake City, South Carolina life revolved around entertaining. Caroline’s mother—my grandmother—was a fabulous cook and a gracious entertainer, and constantly entertained customers from my grandfather’s charcoal business, Ember’s Charcoal, with recipes that had been in our family for generations. There were weekly cookouts and delicious dinners with friends at Caroline’s childhood home, and whether it was a planned cocktail party or a last-minute barbecue, she quickly learned the enjoyment that food brings into everyone’s lives.

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Good food is worth a thousand words—sometimes more. In My Family Recipe, a writer shares the story of a single dish that’s meaningful to them and their loved ones. This week, in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, food writer and Maui native Alana Kysar looks back on the Hawaiian recipe that’s dearest to her heart.


I grew up on the island of Maui, part of one of the most isolated island chains on Earth. When I close my eyes and think back to my childhood, it’s easy to get lost in the days where I’d run so hard up and down Kamaole Beach Park in my ruffled two-piece fighting beach-berry wars with white beach naupaka (half-flower) berries that it felt like my legs were going to fall off. I see the bluer-than-blue ocean, the foamy white shore break, and I can still recall the way the salt, sun, and powdered-sugar sand would coat my skin with a layer of pink, sunburn covered in a thin layer of dried down salty sand, after a long day at the beach. I can still taste the foods that filled these days, the mochiko chicken and triangle musubi, the potato mac salad and Azeka’s kalbi short ribs, and the countless Spam musubi and cans of Hawaiian Sun.

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What’s your favorite way to say “thank you” to your mom? Do you take her to get her nails done, treat her to a massage, or send her flowers? Or, do you take her to her favorite lunch spot, bake her cookies, then offer to do her laundry?

This Sunday, shower your mom with gestures of your appreciation—starting in the morning with a good, old-fashioned breakfast in bed. Serve her whatever she likes best, be it scones, ricotta pancakes with maple syrup, or breakfast tacos, with a heaping mug of coffee or tea, of course. And a spring flower arrangement will get you bonus points.

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Every week—often with your help—Food52’s Creative Director Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that are nothing short of genius. Today: 10 cakes, each with the Genius seal of approval, just in time to save Mother’s Day.

Still need a present for Mother’s Day? Go bake her a cake. And for you moms out there—do you suspect your loved ones are running a little behind this year? Save them: request a cake.

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It’s seems strange that there’s only one day a year dedicated to celebrating moms—the women who taught us how to tie our shoes and blow our noses. They feed us, clothe us, and (when we’re grown) share a drink with us to recall all the times they almost lost it while taking care of us.

Mom, it’s time to return the favor: with a meal that shows just how much we appreciate you. We’ll act like the responsible adults you raised us to be; we’ll make a grocery list three days out, prep the sides the day before, and set the table that morning. This year we’re going big (or we’re not going home).

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Show mom how much you appreciate her this year with a gift that she’ll actually love and use! Featuring ten or our favorites, there’s something here for every price range and persuasion!

Continue reading “The Simply Recipes 2019 Mother’s Day Gift Guide” »

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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.

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