Gifts for Moms who love to cook
I’ll admit: I’m a fickle cook. The optimistic feelings I have when I’m wandering aimlessly through a high-end kitchen store—you know the type, stocked with exotic ingredients and specialty pans just right for the perfect meal—are quite different from the dread that fills me in my own kitchen 30 minutes before I should be feeding my family, with two kids breathing down my neck. Let’s pretend, for a moment, that this evening ritual is less mad scramble and more Martha-like. Here’s what I’d love to see in my kitchen for a night of creating delectable concoctions. Maybe you know a mom that might find serenity from a few of these items, too?
Good knives are the secret to quick prep work, and the Henckels Pro S Steel Knife Set ($399.95) is every sharp utensil she’ll need in a compact hardwood block. From a 3-inch paring knife to an 8-inch chef’s knife and four others in between (including a sharpener steel and pair of kitchen shears), dull knives—and meals—are a thing of the past.
A quartet of floral measuring cups ($19.99) can be set out for the culinary adventure ahead. These ceramic beauties will liven up any countertop and ensure you add just the right amount of sugar, spice and everything nice.
Leave it to Ree Drummond to make cooking look easy and fun. Her cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes From an Accidental Country Girl ($19.29), is a heartwarming, mouthwatering taste of Oklahoma ranch life with careful step-by-step coaching on recipes from cinnamon rolls to chicken fried steak.
For the adventurous cook, give her the Urban Cheesecraft’s Make Your Own Cheese at Home Kits $19-$50). It’s a simple way to impress dinner guests with hand-made mozzarella, queso blanco and goat cheese, and everything can be made in an hour or less.
For inspiration and instruction, a beautiful new cookbook can’t be beat. The Best Seller’s Cookbook Club is available in two to 12-month memberships; $50 for a two-month membership.
And last, but certainly not least, Cuisinart’s Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream and Sorbet Maker ($49.99) is the tastiest way to make dessert you’ll find short of heading to Baskin-Robbins. Twenty minutes or less buys you a better-than-bought batch of frozen goodness, made right at home where, you know, you can make seconds if you need to—and maybe make enough to share with your family.
Jennifer Glatt is a content strategist, copy wrangler and travel writer based in Wilmington, North Carolina. She’s also a wife and mom, book club aficionado (her club reads wine labels), serial cross-country mover and lover of good pens. She has never opted to open a gift “on time” if she could open it early without being fussed at.