Want to give Mom an unusual gift for Mother’s Day this year? Why not give her a subscription for happiness all year long? Gift-box subscriptions can be ordered online, customized and arrive every week, month or quarter.
FOR THE HEALTHY HOME COOK www.sheplansdinner.com She Plans Dinner is a subscription menu plan that focuses on eating healthy. Its Fit and Healthy menu emphasizes proteins and fresh ingredients, and eliminates nearly all canned foods and starches. Most recipes are adaptable to gluten-free, Paleo or dairy-free diets, and includes a grocery-shopping list. To gift a subscription, go to checkout and use Mom’s name and email address, but your billing information.
FOR THE HEALTHY SNACKER www.lovewithfood.com The Love With Food subscription is $10/ box (three, six or 12-month gift subscriptions). Each box includes eight or more packaged snacks that are “either organic or all-natural, GMO-free, gluten-free or free of artificial junk.” For every box purchased, the company will donate one meal to a food bank in the U.S.
FOR MOMS WITH A SWEET TOOTH www.treatsie.com Treatsie is $20-$23/box (three, six or 12-month gift subscriptions). Each box includes sweet treats like cookies, candy or chocolate from three different small-batch artisan brands every month, plus a “welcome” box of the most popular treats to start off the gift subscription. You can specialize and order a subscription that sends only
FOR THE GLOBAL CONNESSIER www.trytheworld.com The Try the World gift boxes are $33-39 each (one, six or 12-month gift subscriptions). Every other month, a package will arrive full of gourmet items selected by an expert chef. There’s a new country each time. It could be Italian artichoke pate, Brazilian candy, or caramel and cookies from Paris.
FOR THE SAUCE, SPICE AND DIP LOVER shipanddip.com Ship and Dip is the perfect gift for a mom who loves chips, dips and nut butters. It costs $30-35/box (one, three, six or 12-month subscriptions). Each order contains three full-size bottles of “the best
up-and-coming condiments from across the nation.” It could be mustard, hot sauce, jam, salad dressing, nut butters, chocolate sauce, spice rub — almost anything. You also can order individual products and create your own gift box.
If you prefer a “do-it-yourself” gift box, why not give Mom a casserole that you make yourself? Try my recipe for Chicken Tetrazzini with Spring Peas Casserole, and give your Mom a night off from the kitchen.
WITH SPRING PEAS CASSEROLE
1 (7-ounce) package vermicelli
1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
1/2 cup fresh, sliced shiitake, Portobello,
cremini (or porcini) mushrooms
3 ounces finely chopped prosciutto
3 cups chopped cooked
1/ 2 cup ( 4- ounces)
shredded Parmesan cheese
2 cups Alfredo and Parsley sauce (recipe follows)
3/4 cup chicken broth
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly
1 cup fresh or frozen
baby English peas, thawed
1/2 cup slivered almonds
Alfredo and Parsley
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg 18 teaspoon cayenne
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups grated Parmesan
1/2 cup chopped fresh
1. To make sauce: Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium low heat. Add garlic, nutmeg and cayenne pepper. Add cream and simmer for 5 minutes, then add cheese and whisk quickly, heating through. Stir in parsley, and set aside. Makes 2 cups.
2. Heat oven to 350 F. Prepare pasta according to package directions.
3. Heat oil in a large pan over high heat. Saute mushrooms in oil 3 minutes. Add prosciutto and cook until crisp, about 3 to 4 minutes.
4. Stir in chicken, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, the Alfredo and Parsley sauce, chicken broth, salt and pepper until well-combined. Stir in the peas and pasta.
5. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 11-by-7-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with almonds and remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Bake for 35 minutes or until bubbly. Serves 6.
Angela Shelf Medearis is an award-winning children’s author, culinary historian and the author of seven cookbooks. Her new cookbook is “The Kitchen Diva’s Diabetic Cookbook.” Her website is www.divapro.com. ©2016 King Features Synd.