In today’s food and nutrition world, gluten intolerance and sensitivities are a frequent topic of conversation. Restaurants and home cooks alike are looking for ways to reduce the amount of gluten on menus and Maria Speck’s book Simply Ancient Grains: Fresh and Flavorful Whole Grain Recipes for Living Well provides ideas from the simple to the creative.
These delicious breakfast bars from My New Roots. I can’t wait to tell y’all about them next week!
My baby basil plant. Any other recovering black thumbs out there? A neighbor shared a basil cutting with me and I am so excited that it is growing roots! New life (even in little plants) is amazing! Not to mention, the idea of having a basil plant in my container garden has visions of pesto dancing in my head 🙂
Happy weekend, y’all! I hope you have had a good week and a great weekend ahead. Thanks so much for stopping by!
Lately, I have been loving trying recipes from Weeknights Fresh & Fast by Kristine Kidd and beautiful photography by Kate Spears. This cookbook breaks up recipes by the season to encourage using the most fresh and seasonal ingredients as well as seasonal cooking styles (no grilling recipes in winter 😉 )
Mother’s Day is quickly approaching (uh oh, did you forget? Don’t worry. It’s May 10, so you still have some time)! With that in mind, I wanted to give you a few ideas for the Mom who loves to cook, spend time in the kitchen, or is thinking about doing more of either.
1. A set of colorful paring knives
Paring knives are a workhorse in the kitchen. Great for peeling, chopping, and detailed cutting, a good paring knife is a great gift someone just starting in the kitchen or an expert. These Kuhn Rikon paring knives come in fun colors and a set of three is $25 at Bed Bath and Beyond! You can find similar ones at Target for about $9.
Okay, I know it may seem silly to spend $15 on a spatula when you can get a perfectly good one for just a few dollars. But, y’all. This. Spatula. I received one as part of a wedding gift and it is absolutely my go-to, favorite spatula. The silicone blade is non-stick, the wooden handle feels great in your hand, and they thought of genius details like the ridges that keep it from sliding into the pan and how one edge of the spatula is squared off so you can get every last bit of whatever you’re making out of the pot. Buy one for your mom and one for yourself– you can thank me later 🙂
My Mom has started a tradition that I love: every year for Christmas, she gets us a Le Jacquard Francais Tea Towel that is a calendar of the upcoming year! Not only are these towels made in beautiful colors and fun designs, but the texture of the linen is so nice! Using them makes drying dishes a little more fun. A few fun options for the mom who speaks French; the mom who is also a beekeeper; the mom who loves to dance.
Have you ever enjoyed reading a cookbook as much as you enjoy using the recipes? For me, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook is one of those books. The photos are beautiful, Deb’s anecdotes that accompany the recipes are funny and relatable, and the recipes themselves are delicious! There are lots of recipes that involve baking (biscuits, cookies, home made crackers), so this is especially good if your mom enjoys baking or wants to try to bake more.
5. A ruffled, girly apron
I have several aprons that I enjoy wearing. I have one with my name monogrammed on it (in case you forgot that I’m from the South), a simple striped one with pockets, and then I have a Funktion apron with about 15 different colors, ruffles, and crocheted trim for good measure! It is so much fun to wear and it always makes me feel a little more spunky when I wear it. I have on that looks like the “Jill” style, but there are less-ruffled options. I just love all of the bright, vibrant fabric she uses. If you sew, and want to try to make your own, there are tons of patterns available online for your inspiration!
I hope you enjoy these recommendations! What are you planning to buy for your favorite mom-figure for Mother’s day?