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From the food editor: This Mother's Day, ask Mom what she wants

This one's for you, moms.

We are devoting much of this week's issue to Mother's Day, which is May 14.

I don't know about you, but food is always top of mind when I begin planning anything celebratory. I think I get this from my mom, someone who, more often than not, knows what she's eating for dinner when she gets up in the morning. When it comes to birthdays, holidays or major food outings, what we are going to eat is always a priority.

Food can be a nourishing adventure, a meaningful way to show someone you cared enough to chop and simmer and serve, a chance to make memories in and out of the kitchen.

And so it is on Mother's Day. Whether you're looking for a restaurant at which to spoil Mom (restaurant critic Laura Reiley has suggestions) or recipes to show her you care, we have you covered.

But perhaps the most important gift you can give Mom on Sunday is letting her control the day.

I turned to my mom for some advice.

"You know, I still really like when everyone chips in and takes care of her," she said. "And takes care of dinner, whether that's to be taken out for dinner or what. Just asking Mom what she wants to do for her day is good, too. If she says nothing, then let her do nothing."

Some of her ideas for how to spend the day:

• Plant flowers together in someone's yard. It's labor-intensive enough to get the whole family involved, but still a fun and soothing time.

• Find a cool bakery or tea shop and treat Mom to something she probably doesn't indulge in every day.

• Something low-key. Don't stress Mom out with too many plans or something she wouldn't normally be comfortable with.

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