Flowers are great. So are brunches and barbecues but if you are looking for something new and different to fete mom this year – here are some ideas.
Food 52 was started by Amanda Hesser, food writer for the New York Times and over time Food 52 it has not only offered up engaging recipes and food commentary but recently bought the Danish Cookware Company Dansk. They are bringing some of the vintage Dansk cookware pieces back in brilliant new colors including this beautiful 2QT ($95) or 4Qt ($135) casserole dish – perfect for any Minnesota mom’s hotdish
Duluthian Emily Vikre, from the areas Vikre Distilling company published Camp Cocktails and is following it up now with the Family Camp Cookbook. a book for everyone who enjoys cooking and eating outdoors. Start out by learning how to build a fire easily at your campsite, or use the “sure-fire” guides for mastering any grill. With planning lists and prep steps for the recipes, you’ll quickly go from unpacking to firing up your first meal breakfast, lunch, or dinner on the trail.
Is your mom crazy about mushrooms? Send her on a guided foraging class ($55) with the gentleman forager, Mike Kempenich, and the Chick of the Woods Jaime Rock. They will tromp through the woods of Southern Minnesota looking for the elusive mushroom. If tromping through the woods isn’t your mom’s idea of a good time you can get her a Morrel share from Cooks of Crocus Hill where she will be able to pick up 1 lb of the tasty morel mushrooms foraged for her ($56) by Cooks of Crocus Hill with a mushroom crop share
If your mom is a fan of the delicate sandwich cookie the French Macaron, sign her up for a 6-hour Macaron making class at Cooks of Crocus Hill ($195). Chocolate Caramel; Strawberry Lemon; Rose and Pistachio and White Chocolate Ganache with Blackberry Jam macarons will all be made.
If wine is mom’s favorite juice, you can join her at a Minnesota Wine glass to grape class at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Minnesota wines from grape to glass. The class ($75 for non-members of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum) includes light hors d’oeuvres, extensive wine sampling of wines from around the world, and take-home Riedel wine glass.
Have a mom who loves flowers but needs a little inspiration to enhance her green thumb? The DIY seasonal Spring planter from Simple and Grand and comes with plants, instructions, and everything your mom needs to make a seasonal planter ($64.99)