Mother’s Day is coming up and sometimes it seems difficult to find just the right treat for Mom But have no fear Laurie Forster is here to help us choose the right gift for all the Moms in your life—your Mom, your mother-in-law, your BFF and maybe a little something for YOU!
For your Mother-in-law:
Whether your Mother-in-law is like a second mother or your toughest critic—her heart will melt when you give her a bottle of wine along with the perfect pairing—truffled popcorn. An easy way to glam up freshly popped corn this recipe will forever change the way you look at this healthy snack. Add a DVD of your favorite chick flick and you have a night that you and your Mother In law will be sure to be best buds!
Wines: Gruet Brut NV Sparkling Wine, New Mexico $17.99 & Edna Valley Chardonnay 2015, Central Coast $15
2 tablespoons truffle butter (or regular salted butter)
1 tablespoon truffle oil (white)
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2-3 tablespoons chopped chives
Melt the truffle butter in a small ramekin in the microwave (about 30 seconds), add truffle oil and set aside.
Place a 3 quart saucepan over medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons coconut oil and popcorn kernels to the pan. Close the lid and shake pot back and forth, on the stove and pop the popcorn until you start to hear the popping slow down.
Remove from the stove. Put half the popcorn in a large zip lock bag or brown paper Bag. Drizzle half the truffle butter/oil mixture, salt and chives into the bag and shake thoroughly to coat the popcorn. Add the second half of popcorn and the rest of the truffle butter/oil mixture to the bag and repeat.
For your BFF:
Let’s face it no one knows more about the ups and downs you experience as a Mother than your BFF and she’s always there to cheer you on. So this Mother’s Day make your BFF’s day with a basket of cheer that includes one of the hottest wines of the season–Rose. Grab some artisanal cheese and charcuterie that will be the perfect pairing for both of you to celebrate a day just for YOU.
Wine: Noble Vines 515 Vine Select Rose 2016, Central Coast, California $14.99
For your Mom:
In Kindergarten Mom pretended your stick figures were a work of art and later in high school she read your English essay as if it were one of the great classics. Moms just plain love anything you craft yourself so why stop now? Make your dear Mom a batch of Red Wine Truffles that are delicious alone or better yet dipped in her favorite red. The recipe calls for just a little red wine so there will be plenty leftover to sip on while the truffles are setting up.
Wine: Belle Ambiance Dark Red Wine Blend 2015, California $9.99