We love our mothers, but sometimes it’s devilishly difficult to buy them the perfect gift.
“I don’t need anything,” she might say, or “Just buy me a card.”
But if a card doesn’t seem like enough and your favorite mother figure loves to cook, today’s column might help.
I’ve scouted four local kitchen shops, asking owners and employees to suggest hot new products and must-have gadgets for the chef/mom.
If your mom doesn’t like to cook, don’t worry. Some of these gifts are just right for a lady who wants to sit back and sip coffee or relax with breakfast in bed.
Warning: Some of these items are so neat you may find yourself shelling out for two of them — one for Mom, one for yourself (I’ve already asked for some of those silicone lids for my birthday). In that case, you’ll be well-equipped to prepare a special meal or dessert for the occasion, so check out the recipes on Page 3 that two local chefs learned from the women in their families.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Update: I got an email from the owner of Steger Creek, which was not featured in this article. He said they carry a wide array of gourmet foods and kitchen items, including the Charles Viancin lids and the corkcicles I suggested in the column. Those lids are apparently really hot right now, so this is another place to find them. Plus Steger Creek has lots of non-food-related gift items, as well. Click the link to learn more about the stores (they have one in Roanoke and one in Forest).
Check out the full gift guide here, along with these recipes:
Lemon Cake (submitted by Sandy Krebs, head chef of the Regency Room at Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center)
Cracker Jack Balls (submitted by Alex Eliades, owner, Bread Craft)
What do you plan to do for your mom for Mother’s Day? If you are the mom, what are your hopes for that special day?