Slideshow: The Serious Eats Progressive Mother's Day Menu

Salad Course: Spring Vegetable Salad With A Poached Egg
Salad Course: Spring Vegetable Salad With A Poached Egg
"My mother's far away (I can't remember the last time I got to spend Mother's Day with her) but if we could get together this weekend, I'd love to make her this delicious bright green spring salad. (Especially because I don't think she has a lot of experience with ramps.)" —Drinks Editor Maggie Hoffman
Pasta Course: Penne Alla Norma
Pasta Course: Penne Alla Norma
"Mom is Italian, so I know I can always win her over with a good plate of pasta. She's also a huge fan of eggplant, so Pasta Alla Norma would be the perfect dish. To make it special, I'd substitute the mozzarella with some extra creamy burrata." —Sweets Editor Carrie Vasios
Main Course: Easy Roast Chicken With Asparagus and Leeks
Main Course: Easy Roast Chicken With Asparagus and Leeks
"My mother still claims that she's never had a roast chicken as good as mine, and that means a lot, because in the Alt household praise-from-mom is not easy to come by. I roast or grill a whole chicken for her a few times a year. This one is extra special, with the addition of roasted asparagus and leeks." —Chief Creative Officer J. Kenji López-Alt
Dessert Course #1: Chocolate Hazelnut Scones
Dessert Course #1: Chocolate Hazelnut Scones
"My mother is the kind of woman who says she hates cake, but will surreptitiously take it wherever she can. She also considers herself a person of class and standards, and since I don't want to get written out of her will, I'll agree. (Just kidding; love ya, Mom.) If she could be embodied in a food, she'd be a scone: cake that isn't, classy but not overly so. She's also a madwoman at the sight of Nutella, so I think this chocolate hazelnut version would be just the thing for her." —Serious Eats New York Editor Max Falkowitz
Dessert Course #2: Chocolate Souffle
Dessert Course #2: Chocolate Souffle
"My mom is a very healthy eater about 350 days of the year, but she's also very good at indulging when the occasion calls for it. And she's got a huge weakness for chocolate. So I'm thinking these chocolate soufflés would be perfect to cap off a Mother's Day meal. Though I've never made one, so I'd better get practicing..." —Senior Managing Editor Carey Jones
Ice Cream Course: Vanilla Ice Cream Without The Machine
Ice Cream Course: Vanilla Ice Cream Without The Machine
"I don't think I've ever actually cooked for my mom on Mother's Day, but if I did, I know that dessert would be one of her favorites, a classic affogato. It's easy as pie (much easier, actually), but if you want to go all out, you could make the vanilla ice cream from scratch. And since Mother's Day is largely a brunch-centric holiday, I wouldn't have to worry about using decaf, which is really no fun at all." —Official Tech Wiz Ben Fishner
Mignardises: Classic Shortbread
Mignardises: Classic Shortbread
"For better or worse, my mom and I love different desserts. Any time we eat out at a restaurant that serves tiramisu, she'll order it; I'll barely eat it. If I get ice cream, she won't touch it. (I know; who doesn't like ice cream? She doesn't have a problem with the flavor; she doesn't like eating super cold food.) Shortbread is on the list of "things my mom loves way more than I do." I'm sure she'd be happy if I made her some fat wedges of classic butter shortbread cookies." —A Hamburger Today Editor and Photographer At Large Robyn Lee