We’ve just barely snaked our way past margarita madness and the accompanying buckets of nachos and here we are with another holiday simply MADE for recipe sharing.

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Mother’s Day brunch is a classic, because every mama loves her lil’ chickens, and what better way to share the day than a lazy dazy meal with those you love.

Mimosas, egg bakes and plenty of mommy time makes the big day special. This year, I’ll be sharing the it with my not-so-little Smudge and my own mama, spreading the love up and down the multi-generational tree.

Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes foodiecrush.com

I recently made Alice’s Triple Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes with Chocolate Dipped Strawberries for a Sunday dinner fété, and happily, or maybe sad to say, there wasn’t one single bundt left for day after noshing. Strawberries and chocolate. The perfect recipe for mom appreciation day.

Get the Triple Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes with Chocolate Dipped Strawberries recipe here.

So, who’s ready for a few Friday Faves?

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Dull knife = Dull life. And lots of band-aids at our house.

Quinoa Tabbouleh with Chickpeas foodiecrush.com

We’ve spent a small fortune on cutlery in our home. We’ve tried lots of different brands and every various style. Chefs knives, carving knives, vegetable cleavers and santoku knives. They each have their place in the sun. But only if they’re sharp and only if you know how to use them.

Because Smudge had a hankering to help me cook in the kitchen and because this recipe for Quinoa Tabbouleh with Chickpeas requires a lot of chopping, I took advantage of the need-for-knife-education situation and put my girl to school. Let’s kill two birds with one stone, am I right?

Smudge has proven her place in our kitchen. She’s seen what cooking means to her mom and dad and she’s ready to graduate from cracking eggs and spreading butter on toast to wielding her way with the most savored utility in the kitchen. The home cook’s trusty sword. The extension of her right arm, or left if that’s your preference.

As Smudge comes around to her 10th birthday in 4 weeks (YIKES!) she’s ready to get into the good stuff, to graduate to the big guns. The knives that do damage. So before she does, she’s going to be schooled by the pros. And that’s where this lesson begins.

Quinoa Tabbouleh with Chickpeas foodiecrush.com

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Me and my mom. The love of chocolate runs in our DNA.

Swirled Mascarpone Brownies with Hazelnuts on foodiecrush.com

Maybe she passed her love of the cacao to me through her umbilical cord. Or maybe she transferred her chocolate loving cravings to me with each chocolate shake we’d get at Arctic Circle with a side of burgers and fries.

Either way, when it comes to dessert, chocolate is our first bite of choice. And it’s just one reason we’re both partial to super rich, fudgey, chocolate loaded brownies.

It all comes down to flavor. While some think the best flavor come from big amounts of big ingredients, it’s really the little guys who coax out the intensity of the flavors behind the scenes. Small wonder, huh?

While chocolate and mascarpone are the big names in this brownie recipe, but the nuance that binds them together is one star ingredient: vanilla.

Swirled Mascarpone Brownies with Hazelnuts on foodiecrush.com

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Grilled cheese sandwiches are probably one of the easiest, most classic sandwich recipes ever invented. Taking a photo of one is sometimes another story.

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You know how the recipe goes: 2 slices of cheese, two slices of bread, 2 slathers of sweet butter. Seriously, can comfort food really get any better? Okay, maybe when dipped in homemade tomato soup, but that’s kind of a given.

Then you have us recipe makers who just can’t seem to leave well enough alone. We simply cannot just make a simple grilled cheese.

We get all inspired and load on stuff like bacon, lobster, strawberries and definitely avocado. Sometimes they’re even healthified with trendy foodie ingredients like kale and shiitake mushrooms or begging-for-5-napkins-or-more buffalo chicken.

And that’s where the fun really begins.

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese foodiecrush.com

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The month of May. so. much. going. including the fact that the IRS is no longer banging on our doors! Let’s celebrate with cocktails and this week’s list of Friday Faves.

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Every year, the beginning of May is packed with events to celebrate with a few clinks of the glasses and shots to be shared. Pass the lime and salt please.

Kentucky Derby = classic mint juleps paired with seriously flourishing good, and bad, hat fetishes. Whoa.

Cinco de Mayo = margaritas, Mexican food fests (like my list of 70 must try recipes) and daydreams of Tulum.

Mother’s Day = champagne bubbles, languid brunches and mama love tributes.

We may have to call Betty Ford before we’re even into mid-month. Oh but, why not enjoy? May only comes once a year.

How about some Friday Faves friends?

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