While we already complied some of our favorite gift ideas for moms (check our our Mother's Day Guide here), we still needed to cover the foodie mom. From cool new food products to DIY food beauty tips to some of the best food options in NYC, here are some of our favorite picks for the foodie mom.
For the Home Cook:
We love the collection of home items from JCPenney to get your morning started right like the Eileen French Press, Assam Tea Press, and the Bistro Double Wall Glass. For the kitchen, we love the Waffle Maker by Michael Graves Design and the cool BODUM kitchen gadgets.
For Moms Who Need a Protein Boost:
One of our favorite new products to give us a boost during the day is Evolve. A new protein beverage, Evolve is sweetened with stevia, cane sugar and monk fruit and contains only 110 calories, 20 vitamins and minerals and 12 grams of protein to keep moms powered through the day. The ready-to-drink pack allows active women everywhere to enhance their nutritional intake and features delicious flavors like Chocolate, Vanilla Crème, Strawberry, Mixed Berry and Café Latte. From active moms to young professionals, Evolve is a perfect addition to fit a busy lifestyle.
For the Foodie Mom who Wants to Try Something New:
MOLECULE-R, the creators behind the gastronomy DIY kits that make you a Top Chef in your own kitchen, has added to their trending product line. With Molecule-R's Popping Sugar, a carbonated sugar, you can make any dessert POP that can be added to chocolate or even ice cream.
For the Java-Loving Mom:
While we know moms can do it all, sometimes we need a gentle boost to help us start our day. For me, that is a cup of coffee that I love to enjoy first thing in the morning. One of my favorite new blends is Brooklyn Bean Roastery, a single-cup coffee brand that pays homage to Brooklyn with fun blends like Cyclone and Fuggedaboudit. For use with Keurig K-cup compatible brewer, these delicious blends are a great way to start your day as you enjoy their high-quality coffee blends.
Fun Foodie Cookbooks for Moms:
We have some great book recommendations for moms (check put Jennifer's recent column here). Some other foodie cookbooks that we love are Catherine McCord's cookbook, Weelicious: One Family. One Meal, and Lori Lange's, The Recipe Girl Cookbook.
Weelicious serves as both a cookbook and inspirational feeding guide and as an acclaimed chef and food blogger, Catherine speaks for countless parents faced with the daily challenge of feeding their families, while taking into account individual taste, allergies, and food preferences. Each recipe is crafted to educate kids and involve them in the cooking process such as the popular Cheesy Chicken Taquitos, Miso Marinated Fish and Raspberry Cream Cheese Hart Tarts. In the Weelicious kitchen theres no sneaking allowed!
The Recipe Girl Cookbook is a fun and family-friendly cookbook that features 195 new ideas for menus and entertaining. Moms will love getting in the kitchen after Mothers Day to whip up Loris no-fuss, flavorful recipes, like her SoCal 7-Layer Mexican Dip, Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Apple-Cranberry Hand Pies.
For the Mom Who Needs to Relax:
CalNaturale wine (check out our full review here), available in Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, is made with premium organic grapes and packaged in eco-friendly Tetra-Pak cartons. Its the mommy juice box that can provide the perfect mid-day break for a mom looking to let loose with her friends. 1L ($12.99) and 500mL ($6.99).
For the Fitness Maven:
CalNaturale Svelte is a line of premium protein shakes made from pure and simple ingredients. The new 11oz. size is USDA-Certified Organic, gluten-free and nondairy. The new size is 180 calories and offers 11g of protein, 5g of fiber and 6 g of sugar. Mom will love the positive affirmations on the packaging too like 'Enjoy Yourself,' 'Hello Beautiful,' and 'Looking Good.'
For Moms Who Want to Stay Home:
Dads take note: breakfast in bed is always a win, and this year we have the perfect recipe for the women in your life with Egg in the Hole Citrus Parfait from Weelicious and Breakfast Quesadillas Green Chile and Cheese Egg Bake from Recipe Girl.
For a dinner, Chef Luigi Diotaiuti, award-winning chef and owner of Al Tiramisu, Washington DCs most authentic Italian restaurant, shared his Penne with Asparagus, Smoked Mozzarella and Cherry Tomatoes. With the arrival of spring, Chef Luigi recommends taking advantage of the vegetables now in season, creating light, easy-to-prepare recipes that bring joy to weeknight dining. Chef Luigi suggests serving up these delightfully simple, yet delicious recipes that bring a bit of Italy to the family table.
Penne with Asparagus, Smoked Mozzarella, and Cherry Tomatoes
This quick weeknight pasta dish is a delicious and elegant first course for any occasion. Be sure to use a good quality smoked mozzarella because it is the main ingredient of the dish. Smoked mozzarella has a lot of advantages because it lasts for a long time and can be added to sandwiches, soups, stuffing, and pasta. It's a great addition to anything that you'd like to enrich and enliven.
1/8 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered
16 asparagus stalks, steamed for 1 minute and sliced
8 ounces smoked mozzarella, cubed
8 basil leaves
1 pound penne rigate
Heat 1/2 of the olive oil in a large wide skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook just until it releases its aroma and begins to turn blonde colored. Add cherry tomatoes and asparagus and stir to coat.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. As soon as water boils, add a pinch of salt. Add penne, stir, lower heat to medium low, and cook for 10-13 minutes, or until al dente.
Drain the pasta. Add pasta and a few tablespoons of the pasta water to the vegetable mixture. Add in smoked mozzarella and toss well to combine and melt mozzarella. Once mozzarella is melted, tear the basil leaves into the dish and stir well to combine.
Drizzle the remaining half of the olive oil over the pasta to add shine and extra flavor to the dish. Plate immediately and serve hot.
Italian Cooking Tip:
You can use smaller pieces of fresh asparagus if you prefer. Just trim the stalks and cut 1-inch pieces on the bias and add into the recipe - sauté until tender before going to the next step.
Chef Luigi says this is a great recipe for kids to help prep, especially finicky kids who dont want to eat vegetables. This fun and easy recipe lets kids have fun creating a meal that they will love to eat.
Copyright Luigi Diotaiuti, 2013, reprinted with permission
For Moms in NYC:
Make Meaning, the creative DIY gift making and events destination, and DAVIDsTEA invites families to come to Make Meanings Upper East Side and Upper West Side locations on Sunday, May 12th at 3:30PM for an exclusive Mothers Day event. Families can connect creatively as they personalize delicious cookies with dozens of edible decorations and further warm their hearts while sipping on DAVIDsTEA.
Ristorante Asellina, a rustic Italian restaurant located in the Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel, is a great place for NYC moms to enjoy an extravagant brunch featuring dishes such as Heirloom Tomato Salad , Lobster Frittata, Wild Red Snapper and Mimosa Pudding. Asellina is located at 420 Park Avenue South next to the Gansevoort Hotel Park Avenue. For more information, please call (212) 317-2908 or visit www.togrp.com/asellina.
This Mother's Day (Sunday May 12), ililiis celebrating with some lovely perks for moms including a complimentary St-Germain Champagne cocktail, a herb plant to take home, and a special Apricot Almond Cake created by Chef Philippe Massoud that honors how his mom encouraged him to bake. The a la carte brunch menu will be served, supplemented by Mother's Day specials such as Hommus & Ramps, Soft Shell Crab with harissa carrot purée and avocado semolina crust, and Wild Spring Salmon with ?finca la capallenia olive oil, young almonds and grapefruit sauce vierge. There will also be a coloring station in the lounge for kids to hang out while moms relax!
On Sunday, May 12th, 2013, the Summer Garden & Bar at Rock Center Café will host a celebratory outdoor Mothers Day Garden Party. Newly landscaped gardens and live classical music by Juilliard-trained musicians set the scene at this green oasis at Rockefeller Center. Three-course Mothers Day brunch and dinner menus feature a locally harvested bounty, with American garden specialties such as Chilled Gazpacho; Fava Bean and Asparagus Crostini; and Roasted Chicken with snow peas and new potato hash.
Guests can also dine inside at New Yorks American Grill, Rock Center Café, with scenic views of the garden. Next door, The Sea Grill, known for its menu of fresh, local, and inventive seafood dishes, serves a three-course prix-fixe brunch from 10am-3pm. Special prix-fixe menus designed for children 12 and under are available at both restaurants. To celebrate, moms are given a special takeaway gift including a spa certificate and products, as well as a garden kit with dill, marjoram, and savory seeds. Guests also receive a complimentary bag of Pastry Chef Michael Gabriels handcrafted dark, milk and white chocolate truffles to take home. For more information, please visit: www.patinagroup.com.
For Mom Who Wants Some DIY Edible Beauty:
Kelapo Coconut Oil Provides Simple Ways to Make Mothers Day Special: Mothers Day establishes a time to say thank you. But who says those two words have to break the bank? Kelapo Coconut Oil has some wonderful, but inexpensive, DIY presents to help make May 12 special for every mother. As a mom, I dont have time to run to the spa for a day away, says Lani Schneider, Kelapos Resident-Mom. Getting something like Whipped Coconut Oil Body Butter for Mothers Day is like having the spa come to you!
As a natural moisturizer with a light, fresh scent, you can add a few drops of essential oil to Kelapo where this kitchen staple quickly becomes a bathroom must-have. I love this because you can personalize it to any scent, Schneider explains. Adding a lime scent will make it tropical, while something like jasmine will create a more soothing aroma.
1 cup Kelapo Coconut Oil
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil (optional)
A few drops of your favorite essential oils for fragrance (optional)
1. Put all ingredients into a mixing bowl. Note: Do not melt the coconut oil first. It will only whip up if its solid.
2. Mix on high speed with a wire whisk for 6-7 minutes or until whipped into a light, airy consistency.
3. Spoon the whipped coconut oil body butter into a decorative jar and cover tightly. Store at room temperature, or in the refrigerator if your house is so warm it melts the oil.
Momtrends was not paid for this post. We wer given some samples.