Vicki Gunvalson Whipped Out This Cooking Technique for the “First Time” for a Special Reason

The Real Housewives of Orange County mom tried something fun and new to celebrate.

The O.G. of the O.C. can definitely throw down when it comes to cooking! Vicki Gunvalson spent hours in her Barbie dream kitchen to create a feast of comfort foods this weekend, whipping out the special spread in honor of Mother's Day. The Real Housewives of Orange County mom made some tried-and-true recipes, including baby back ribs, cheesy grits, baked beans with ground beef and bacon, roasted sweet peppers and homemade carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, according to her drool-inducing Instagram Stories recap of the menu. And she also challenged herself to try a new culinary technique just for the occasion.

"Our first time using the smoker for these chickens," she captioned a picture of whole chickens dressed in herbs. "Hope they turn out as good as they look."

Indeed — just take a look at these beauties:

The mom's proud celebrating wasn't just on the big day, and it wasn't just over food either: Vicki paid tribute to daughter Briana Culberson just before Mother's Day with a sweet tribute in honor of Nurses Week.

"So proud of my beautiful daughter Briana who followed her dream and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in less than 4 years," she wrote on Instagram. "Despite her recent diagnosis of lupus, relocating several times and having 2 beautiful boys she has remained passionate in her career in the ER. I love her more than words can say and am so proud of her strength."

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