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by Diane Rossen Worthington

One of my most enjoyable jobs as a food writer is trying out the latest equipment or tasting a new product. I try to keep notes on what I think any Seriously Simple cook would want in the kitchen.

For all of you trying to figure out what to give your mom this year, here are a few of my picks that will make any mom who loves to cook or eat especially happy on Mother's Day:

Vitamix Professional Series 750

The best blender ever

If your mom is a serious cook, this is the gift that will keep on giving. I use mine every day. It is the latest version, which has a well-designed 64-ounce container with five pre-programmed settings. The 64-ounce blending container has a low, wide profile designed to fit under most kitchen cabinets. The preset programs are for ease in making smoothies, frozen desserts, soups and purees -- and also for cleaning. You can also manually chop, mix and blend just about anything you can imagine to make smoothies, perfectly smooth soups, creamy ice creams, velvety sauces and lots more. This is an investment, so maybe you want to buy it as a group. Your mom will be blown away and you will be the lucky recipient of all of her new Vitamix creations.

Available at Vitamix Professional Series 750

Rouxbe: Online cooking school

For the moms out there who want to learn how to cook better, I have just the thing. How about giving her a six-month membership to the online cooking school Rouxbe?

Rouxbe is offering all Seriously Simple readers an opportunity to learn to cook with their community of students from around the world. They are serious about getting your mom to cook and gain more confidence in the kitchen. Go to and you'll get a special discount: six months of Rouxbe for $99 and then only $5 monthly for as long as you want access. You can also try a free seven-day trial. I think she'll really enjoy it. Check out this delicious recipe from Rouxbe to get her going: .

Culinary Honey from TheraBee

Passionate beekeeper Martha Van Inwegen of Paso Robles, Calif. has created an entire line of raw culinary honey as well as other honey products, TheraBee. I have sampled them and can recommend this for the mom who loves honey in more than her tea.

The Mother’s Day Special has four 3-ounce honey samplers including Lavender Vanilla, Sea Salt, Herbs de Provence and Thai Chile. Plus a box of Bliss Balls. The bliss balls have honey along with tea in the ball that you steep for a magical cup of tea.


The Chocolate Tasting Kit, by Eagranie Yuh

The best (and most fun) way to learn about chocolate is by eating it, and this interactive Chocolate Tasting Kit provides moms who are chocoholics with all the tools they need to become cacao experts. The booklet includes information on buying and tasting chocolate plus tips on hosting a tasting party. Twelve flavor profile cards help tasters put their thoughts into words while the notepads give them a place to write it all down. Now add a few bars of chocolate and boy will you have a happy mom!

Available at The Chocolate Tasting Kit



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