Instead of giving Mom another bottle of perfume which will be stowed on the shelf with last year’s scent, why not give her something she will be able to use in the kitchen this year? Here are a few wonderful items that are new on the market and guaranteed to please your Mom this Mother’s Day.

[amazon-product region=”us” text=”Cuisinart CVR-1000 Rotisserie:” type=”text”]B001RNG422[/amazon-product] (Amazon $199) Brand spanking new on the market, this rotisserie produces perfectly juicy and crisp roast chicken every time. This fabulous new appliance spins the chicken vertically, allowing the juices to flow into the bird, keeping it moist and flavorful. I love the fact that the fat drains off into a drip tray and that the accessories are dishwasher safe. Yum!

[amazon-product text=”George Foreman 360 Removable 5 Plate Grill:” type=”text”]B000A7W4Z2[/amazon-product] (Amazon $150) The great part about this new addition to the George Foreman fleet of grills is that it features removable cooking plates with cool-touch handles so that it functions as a deep-dish pizza oven, six pocket quesadilla press, an omelet maker, and a pancake grill. The other great feature is a floating hinge that accommodates larger cuts of meat.

Tomato Slicer: (Williams-Sonoma $20) The tomato slicer is a totally fun kitchen toy for Moms to make nine easy cuts in a tomato in one easy motion. The slices come out presentation perfect with little effort. No fuss, no mess, no seeds all over the counter.

[amazon-product text=”Jamie Oliver Flavour Shaker:” type=”text”]B001Q6EMRO[/amazon-product] (Amazon $29) Jamie Oliver has taken the simple mortar and pestle and created a wonderfully clever device that crushes, mixes, and releases flavor from whole spices, herbs, garlic, nuts, or citrus rinds. It makes fantastic rubs, marinades, and dressings in an instant.

[amazon-product text=”Witmer Natural Peanut Butter Hand Mixer:” type=”text”]B000A3I3BA[/amazon-product] (Amazon $10) Have you ever noticed that the oil separates in non-hydrogenated nut butters? This nifty invention screws onto any standard 16-ounce jar of peanut butter and stirs the product so that the oil is smoothly and easily stirred back into your peanut butter. No oil spills, no mess. And the mixing rod conveniently cleans itself when removed from the jar.

head-chefsHead Chefs by Fiesta: (Amazon $7 to $10 per unit) No, these are not winners on your favorite show “Top Chef.” But they are winners for kids. Head Chefs are brightly colored kids cooking tools that are fun and safe to use. The designs are comfortable to hold with cute bendable arms and legs which are dishwasher safe. The feet work as suction cups which can be affixed to counter tops. We love the purple mixing spoon, green whisk, blue pastry brush, and pink measuring cup.

Banana Holder: (Amazon $3) In these thrifty times, it’s great to have this nifty gadget that eliminates waste. Keep a sliced banana fresher, by enclosing it in this device which also saves ecologically on plastic wrap.

[amazon-product text=”Simply Strawberries 3 piece set:” type=”text”]B0018Z3YL8[/amazon-product] (Amazon $10) This strawberry colander, slicer, and huller set is seasonally on target. Cute and fun too. Here’s a great tip to prolong the life of strawberries: once washed and dried, store them in a sealable container between layers of paper towel.

[amazon-product text=”Cupcake Kit: Recipes, Liners, and Decorating Tools for Making the Best Cupcakes by Elinor Klivans:” type=”text”]0811866599[/amazon-product] (Amazon $14) Everything you need for preparing and decorating a wide variety of cupcakes. This kit is total fun for Moms, Grandmas, and kids too.

[amazon-product text=”I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti:” type=”text”]0446534420[/amazon-product] (Amazon $16) A delightful cooking memoir written by New Yorker Giulia Melucci. It chronicles her romances and heartbreaks in a humorous and fun read. A little “heartburn” in her life but mostly lots of fun.

[amazon-product text=”Glorious One-Pot Meals by Elizabeth Yarnell:” type=”text”]076793010X[/amazon-product] (Amazon $12) Nothing is easier for Mom’s than a one pot dinner and this book comes up with some wonderful new ideas. The author offers a wonderful new “infusion cooking” style using a cast-iron Dutch oven to hold layers of whole fresh foods and flash cook them in a shorter amount of time. Try the springtime paella, Indian almond curry lamb, or the Southwestern quinoa.

[amazon-product text=”Cooking with the Seasons at Rancho La Puerta: Recipes from the World Famous Spa by Deborah Szekely and Deborah M. Schneider:” type=”text”]1584797096[/amazon-product] (Amazon $23) Rancho La Puerta is one of the original locavore spas specializing in fresh local ingredients cooked simply and healthfully. The book is organized by menus so you can easily cook with seasonal fresh produce.

[amazon-product text=”EatingWell’s Comfort Foods Made Healthy By Jessie Price and the Editors of EatingWell:” type=”text”]0881508292[/amazon-product] (Amazon $16) We have to watch our wallets and our waistlines in this economy. Comfort foods are great on the wallet but not often on our figures. This book makes over the classic comfort foods into delicious and healthful treats like Philly cheese steak sandwich, chicken potpie, and cream cheese pound cake.

[amazon-product text=”Blue Eggs and Yellow Tomatoes: Recipes from a Modern Kitchen Garden by Jeanne Kelley:” type=”text”]0762431830[/amazon-product] (Amazon $27) From field to table, this organic take on cooking is a splendid and beautiful book which makes you hungry for the likes of real, fresh food. The author has a 20 year history of contributing to Bon Appetit Magazine and comes up with such delicious treats as curried yellow split pea soup with mint yogurt; pork chops with grilled nectarines; and meyer lemon pudding cake.

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