Just do it: Imagine a happy mom opening the door and finding this. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)

Do moms long for breakfast in bed on their special Sunday of recognition, as seen in so many TV commercials? Here’s a no-cook alternative: Clean out the icebox for her.

It’s a dirty job, and she’s most likely the one who has to do it. Refrigerator or freezer, or both. Why? Because drips happen, odors permeate the butter, science experiments bloom. Martha Stewart recommends using hot water with mild dishwashing liquid to clean the door seals, and a mixture of 2 tablespoons baking soda to 1 quart of warm water for cleaning shelves (cleared and transferred to the sink, one at a time); “soap or detergent can leave behind a scent that foods will absorb,” says MarthaStewart.com.

You don’t even have to throw anything out — just clean and organize. And if this suggestion comes too late, create a coupon for a future cleaning. She’ll hang onto it, trust me.

The good news is, there are three customized Mother’s Day “menus” a la Recipe Finder to choose from in this very file. But first . . . .

Top recipes of the week

1. Nebraska Runzas, by Way of Washington. Savory turnovers filled with ground beef and cabbage, from Food writer Tim Carman’s mother.

2. Not Derby Pie. Planning a Derby party this weekend? We have just the dessert for you.

3. Ex-Texas Salad. A salad fit for a crowd, from Food editor Joe Yonan’s mother.

4. Banana Breakfast Bars. The filling bars come together in a snap and store for up to five days.

5. Eggs Florentine in Tomato Cups. From Nourish columnist Ellie Krieger, this is a stunning presentation of pantry staples.

A dinner, for moms who skip lunch:


(Mette Randem for The Washington Post)

(Mette Randemfor The Washington Post)

The Willard Room Caesar Salad

Gastronomer Roast Chicken and Potatoes (pictured above)

Asparagus With a Mushroom Ragout

A “dessert storm,” for moms with a sweet tooth:


(Deb Lindsey/For The Washington Post)

Creamsicle Pudding Cake (pictured above)

Dorie Greenspan’s Double Strawberry Buttermilk Panna Cottas

Savta’s Chocolate Chip Squares

For moms who eat healthfully:


(Deb Lindsey/For The Washington Post)

Asian Noodle Bowl With Peanut Dressing (pictured above)

Asian Shrimp Cakes With Avocado-Wasabi Sauce

Baked Banana and Mango Spring Rolls