Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Mom
|A vintage cake tin -- go ahead, make my day.|
To you, this looks like a beat up piece of crap someone bought at Goodwill for a couple bucks. To Mom, it looks like the super awesome, well loved cake tin she's been dying for, and we promise she won't just not mind that you bought it at Goodwill for a couple bucks, she'll applaud you for it. Go to etsy.com for deals on vintage kitchen items, or hit up Kitchen Switchin', a consignment boutique in Phoenix for less tarnished but still wonderful treasures.
A Basket of Goodies from Urban Table Larder
This fall, Traci Zitzer opened a tiny dream of a shop in a room of the old house that serves as home to JAM, a boutique in Old Town Scottsdale. Now JAM's housing not only Zitzer but a Thursday evening market and Friday evening food truck event. You'll be pleased if you only make it to Urban Table Larder, which features an amazing spread in such a small place: artisan-made salts, sugars, syrups -- all non-perishable items designed to make a mom/chef drool. Top off your basket with some kitchen tools and a bauble from JAM, and you'll have one happy maternal unit.
Ice Cream Maker and a copy of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home
Until any of our favorite local ice cream makers bust out with their own cookbooks, we're sticking with Jeni's guide to homemade ice cream -- and alongside we'll give Mom an ice cream maker. Cuisinart makes a good one, or you might want to spring for the new KitchenAid mixer, which our own chef-expert Andy Broder recommends for the cool ice cream attachment. This is a gift Mom can experiment with on her own, or with the kids. And you'll get to be a guinea pig (or just a pig). What could be better?