Chocolate is always a hit with moms, particularly when presented in beautifully designed packaging. San Francisco-based Bridge Brand Chocolates is offering three-tin gift sets (or single tins) of their gourmet chocolate drops. Luscious, melt-in-your-mouth chocolates (31 percent white, 30 percent milk and 55 percent dark chocolate) are nestled in gorgeous pink-hued tins delicately designed with flowers and a silhouette of mom and child. As a bonus, not only will Mom savor every rich and chocolaty drop; after the gourmet chocolates are gone, she can use these keepsake tins to store jewelry, pens or other knick-knacks, fondly remembering the Mother's Day gifts you gave her.
Available at BridgeBrandsChocolate.com or at their retail outlet in San Francisco
Price: $12 for three a three-tin set; $5 for one tin
Staying on the chocolate theme, Linda Collister's delectable and loving cookbook Divine: Heavenly Chocolate Recipes is perfect for mothers who love cooking with chocolate as much as they enjoy eating it. Inspired by the pioneering farmer-owned Fair Trade chocolate brand Divine Chocolate, Collister presents stunningly crafted dessert recipes, including Balsamic and Chocolate Cake, Sticky Upside-Down Chocolate Pear Gingerbread and Iced Chocolate Tiramisu, just to name a few. Each recipe suggests Divine Chocolate's premium chocolates and cocoa â€” which are true to their name â€” and all royalties from the sale of the cookbook benefit farmers of Kuapa Kokoo, most of whom are mothers themselves. Divine isn't just a book of knee-weakening recipes accompanied by photos that make you drool â€” it is also a cookbook with a cause.
Available exclusively at Barnes and Noble retail locations
Does your mom wield a knife and chop food as part of her daily stress relief? If so, a new cutting board will be a welcome Mother's Day gift â€” especially one that will save her time in the kitchen. A new line of bamboo cutting boards from Totally Bamboo is making it easier to meet Mom's chopping needs as well as her concern for the environment. Up until now, hardwood cutting boards had to washed by hand because of the adhesives used in making them. But she can simply throw the GreenLite bamboo cutting boards in the dishwasher because they're made from organically cultivated bamboo, with no formaldehyde adhesives, dyes or stains. Plus, bamboo is a natural choice for cutting boards, with its inherent anti-bacterial qualities and scratch-resistant surface. And even better, GreenLite bamboo cutting boards are ultra lightweight â€” as opposed to traditional bamboo boards that require some heft to move around.
Available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes at TotallyBamboo.com
Price: Ranges from $10 to 35
Present your mom with a decorative clear Italian cut-glass bottle of the finest walnut oil, made from roasted walnuts grown in the agriculturally rich Central Valley in California. A traditional French method of roasting fresh walnuts in a wrought iron kettle prior to final roasting makes this gourmet nut oil ideal for drizzling on waffles, oatmeal, salads, vegetables, cooked poultry and seafood, popcorn and anywhere else butter is used. Tell Mom that a single teaspoon of walnut oil delivers her daily requirement of omega-3 fatty acids, which help protect her heart, ward off cancer and even help with weight loss. Because walnut oil is more expensive than other oils, moms seldom treat themselves. This is your chance to give your mom a delicious culinary gift that is also good for her health.
Available at OliveRevolution.com
Price: $25 for a 200ml bottle; $35 for a bottle presented in a natural unpolished sea grass tray with a stainless steel bottle pour.
With more women turning to book clubs to make and maintain female friendships, Kate Jacobs, author of Comfort Food, writes books about women relying on each other to weather the storms of life and calls book clubs featuring her books. (Her first book, The Friday Night Knitting Club, spent a year on the The New York Times bestseller list). Comfort Food, newly released in paperback, is an engaging story about a popular cooking show host, Augusta "Gus" Simpson, a widowed mother of two adult daughters. Gus is about to turn 50 and struggles with her age as younger â€” and hotter â€” cooking hosts are making their way onto the scene. Jacobs eloquently and comically portrays the emotional struggles that every woman faces as she and her kids age. Comfort Food is for Moms, foodies and anyone who likes to read a good life story centered around a food and cooking theme.
Available at major book retailers
Does your mom like to grill as much as your dad? Give her an indoor grill that rivals outdoor models. With the Delonghi Indoor Grill, Mom can prepare great-tasting grilled food in the kitchen while tending to other dishes on the stove or in the oven. The grill's 12- by 16-inch surface is large enough to make extra (perfect for family get-togethers), and the integrated splatter guard allows for clean cooking. A removable drip tray and nonstick die-cast aluminum grill plates makes clean up easy, too. This indoor grill even has a tempered glass lid so Mom can turn out the juiciest steaks, poultry and seafood. Best yet, she can grill her favorite foods all year round â€” regardless of the weather.
Available at Lowe's, Bed Bath and Beyond, Sur La Table and other cookware retailers or online at DelonghiUSA.com
To go along with Mom's new grill, give her the gift of 300 mouthwatering barbecue and grill recipes from the BBQ Queens, Karen Adler and Judith Fertig. In 300 Big & Bold Barbecue & Grilling Recipes, well known grill masters Adler and Fertig present easy how-tos for grilling, barbecuing and smoking, along with some of the best-kept secrets from expert chefs. This drool-worthy cookbook includes recipes for Slow-Smoked Country-Style Ribs, Lamb Souvlaki with Grilled Pita Bread, Planked Shrimp, Grilled Apple Rings with Bourbon Cream Sauce and many other mouthwatering dishes. This book not only teaches Mom some tantalizing tricks â€” it takes her around the world with an international collection of barbecued fare. Grill season is fast approaching, and this book will ensure your mom's backyard summer parties are the best and tastiest on the block.
Available at major book retailers
For the mom who loves freshly ground spices, the Kyocera Ceramic Everything Mill offers an adjustable dial that provides fine to coarse grinds and can be used for all herbs and spices, from coarse salts and whole seeds to dried herbs and more. The grinding mechanism is made from an advanced ceramic material that is similar in hardness to diamond, and, unlike metal grinders, the Kyocera Everything Mill won't rust. Bonus: Ceramic is chemically inert, meaning it won't react with herbs and spices, nor will it absorb their flavors. In addition to keeping counters clean (the mill is upright, with the grinder at the top), the glass base can be reused often and is dishwasher safe.
Available at KyoceraAdvancedCeramics.com
Moms like kitchen appliances that save space and "do it all." The Delonghi Rotisserie Toaster Oven is one of those appliances. Particularly appealing in the summer months when it's too hot to turn on the oven, this toaster oven offers a large cooking capacity that can bake a 12-inch pizza as well as toast six slices of bread. In addition to baking and toasting, it can also broil and keep food warm. And for those nights when succulent meat is a must for dinner, Mom can set up the rotisserie feature and let the Delonghi oven do its thing. It comes with a nonstick bake pan and broil tray. A nonstick interior and removable crumb tray makes clean up super-easy.
Available at Lowe's, Bed Bath and Beyond, Sur la Table and other kitchenware retailers or order online at DelonghiUSA.com
If your mom waxes nostalgic over heirloom recipes and stories of lavish Victorian-era meals, she will love Mrs Charles Darwin's Recipe Book, by Dusha Bateson and Weslie Janeway. This unique cookbook offers a rare glimpse behind the dining-room doors of one of most recognized scientists in the world. While Charles Darwin pursued research and theory, his wife, Emma, filled a notebook with recipes, culinary instructions and personal anecdotes of everyday life in the Darwin household. Bateson and Janeway have taken 55 recipes in Emma's collection and recreated them for today's modern kitchen. Recipes are easy to prepare and perfect for creating Victorian-type dinner parties and family get-togethers. Imagine sitting down to a feast that includes Baked Cheese Custard, Scotch Woodcock, Beef Collops, Chicken and Macaroni, Veal Cake, Pea Soup, Potato Rissoles, Arrowroot Pudding and Compote of Apples. As a bonus, all of Emma's ingredients were free-range and organic â€” giving your mom an incentive to buy local, seasonal and organic, at least for a few meals a month.
Available at major book retailers
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