The #EveryMom Gift Guide: For Your Old Roommate Who Dreads Making Dinner, but Never Misses a Bourdain Show and Will Detour for Fried Chicken

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Gifts for Mom Who Doesn't Cook

This Mother’s Day, more than ever, we want to honor moms for all of the incredible things that they do. Whether it’s your next-door neighbor or your stepsister, there’s one everywhere you turn: the small business owner who teaches her children about starting a business, the stay-at-home mom who makes organic baby food from scratch, the power broker who still makes time to read to her daughter or son at night.


For the mom who finds cooking dinner to be a drag, but still has a strong appreciation for good food of any kind—in our case, our old roommate who runs the household on takeout, but can fill us in on the latest episode of Parts Unknown and always knows the best deals during restaurant week—here’s our best bets gift list.  See all of our gift guides in honor of #EveryMom.


Best of Cellars at Jasper Hill CollectionBest of Cellars at Jasper Hill Cheese Collection


The Cellars at Jasper Hill, an artisan cheese partnership that creates sustainable business opportunities for farmstead cheesemakers in Vermont and New Hampshire, is the real deal. Make her Mother’s Day by telling her she’s got a trio of Jasper Hill’s most popular offerings—a mild raw-milk cheese, a buttery washed-rind cheese and a 3-week-old organic cow’s milk cheese—in the mail, headed right her way.


Tacolicious Goods


If she craves Mexican, she’ll love everything from Tacolicious, a restaurant that’s inspired by the flavors of Mexico City as well as the fresh market ingredients of California. Depending on her level of reluctance to get behind a stove, either surprise her with a trio of chipotle, tomatillo and habanero salsas, which involve no cooking at all, or get her a few starter sauces. We adore the Mexican Pulled Pork: Add it with pork roast to a slow cooker, and several hours later, you have chile verde!

Tyler Florence Salad Board


She doesn’t have to do any searing, sautéing or stir-frying, and she can still make a delightful dinner using one of Tyler Florence’s new salad boards. Carved from sustainably-harvested walnut, they’re double-sided so you can cut on one side, and toss and serve on the other. Package our favorite, the Oval Salad Board, with some of Tyler’s Test Kitchen Extra-Virgin Olive Oil for a truly thoughtful set.

Margarita Mixes


All too often, margarita mixes are too syrupy, sugary and full of artificial flavors. Not this one: If she has a penchant for frozen cocktails, she’ll love this margarita mix—the classic version, Key Lime, is knockout!—which starts with a blend of key lime and tangerine juice, plus a squeeze of agave nectar.



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