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May’s Culinary Theme: Coming Together

With wintry temps nearly behind us, May presents the perfect opportunity for coming together with your favorite friends and family.

culinary fads, and coming up with themes to unify the monthly menus. With the arrival of light jacket weather and colorful blooms, recipe editor Jennifer En can’t hide the spring in her step. Below she lets you in on all the delicious reasons why May is the perfect month for Coming Together.

With wintry temps almost behind you, it’s time to pull yourself out of hibernation and get together with your favorite people. Whether you’re hosting a Cinco de Mayo gathering, whipping up Mother’s Day brunch, or bringing a vegetable side dish to your friend’s Memorial Day potluck, May is the time for cooking meals that highlight spectacular seasonal ingredients and crowd-pleasing flavors in delectable dishes meant for sharing.

Celebrate springtime in style by preparing elegant dishes that happen to be ideal for Sunday brunches—think Tarragon Chicken with Spring Vegetable Gratin (pictured), Greek Salad Couscous Bowls, and Seared Scallops with Pea Risotto. For those laughter-filled dinner parties that go late into the night, try out some creative twists on shareable Memorial Day favorites like Pork-Chive Burgers, Greek-inspired “Spanakopita” Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, and Truffle Pizza with Burrata, Pistachios, and Honey. When you’re tasked with making something for Cinco de Mayo festivities, be casually impressive by presenting Balsamic Steak Tacos or Mexican Corn Bowls. And since nothing makes people happier than coming together over dessert, you’ll definitely want to pull apart some irresistible Sticky Monkey Bread with Walnuts and Cinnamon.

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