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April 24, 2012



Warm, moist, fragrant and guilt-free: Enjoy two miniature scones instead of “supersized” versions. Photo by Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.

WHAT THEY ARE: A selection of Mother’s Day gifts.
WHY THEY’RE DIFFERENT: They’re special!
WHY WE LOVE THEM: Common enough to use every day, rare enough to a
WHERE TO BUY THEM: See individual listings.

The Corkcicle cools down a warm bottle or maintains the temperature of a chilled bottle.

After the Tequila is gone, you can repurpose the beautiful Majolica bottle.


4 Special Gifts For Mother’s Day

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Looking for Mother’s Day gifts for ladies who know the difference between good and great? Here are some recent favorites we’re giving to our favorite moms: three foods/drinks and a nifty wine gadget.

  • English Scones From Georgie’s English Kitchen Garden
    British native Georgie Brooks Myrtle moved to Louisiana in the 1980s, bringing scone and shortbread recipes that had been in her family for generations. She sends them to you frozen; they quickly bake into fragrant, tender and delicious special-occasion treats. The scones, in Cranberry & Orange, Lemon and Orange & Pecan, and the classic petticoat tail shortbread, should be accented with Georgie’s Lemon Curd. Twelve-ounce boxes of scones or shortbread are $12.95; two jars of lemon curd are $18.95. Head to; then turn on the tea kettle.
  • Kimberley Wine Vinegars
    Kimberley has been handcrafting artisanal wine vinegars in California for more than 35 years, selling to cooks and foodies who appreciate great ingredients. Using quality wines and the traditional French Orléans process (here’s how vinegar is made), the vinegars are intense in flavor. The Organic Champagne, Organic Chardonnay and Organic Cabernet Sauvignon vinegars have distinct varietal flavors. Three-bottle (organic) and five-bottle gift sets (which also include Balsamic and Sherry vinegars) are available for $39.00 and $62.00, respectively.

  Intense, handcrafted vinegars add panache to recipes. Photo courtesy Kimberley.
  • Corkcicle Wine Cooler
    We’re quite enamored of the Corkcicle (see photo at left). It’s the perfect way to keep opened bottles of white and red wines at just the right drinking temperatures. No unwieldy ice bucket is needed. What looks like a real icicle is actually a reusable, gel-filled plastic icicle. Simply place it in the freezer for two hours, then use it as a bottle stopper that maintains the chilled or cools down a warm red. It’s $24.95 at

  • Clase Azul Reposado: A Terrific, Aged
    Ultrapremium Tequila
    Reposado Tequila is aged for at least six months but less than a year in oak barrels (the word means “rested”). It takes on a light yellow hue and complex flavors that make it delicious to sip, like whiskey. Clase Azul Reposado knocked our socks off at a recent Tequila tasting—nothing else came close. The complex aroma and flavors on the palate are reminiscent of smooth and balanced Cognac. That’s because Clase Azul Reposado is uniquely aged for a minimum of eight months in small oak barrels that have previously held Bourbon, Cognac and Sherry. If it were in a plain glass bottle, it would be fine with us. But as a memorable gift, it’s packaged in a reusable, hand-painted majolica pottery carafe. The particular style, called “talavera,” is distinguished by a milky-white glaze. It was first created by Spanish artisans who moved to Mexico around 1521, and discovered the high-quality local clay. Authentic talavera pottery is made in the city of Puebla and the nearby communities of Atlixco, Cholula and Tecali. A bottle costs from $70 to $100, depending on the retailer. You can buy it online at


They’re certain to leave a lasting impression.

—Karen Hochman



Recipe Books For Mom’s Favorite Foods

Taste Of Home Appetizers   The Cake Book   My Pizza: The Easy No-Knead Way to Make Spectacular Pizza at Home

Taste of Home: The New Appetizer: 230 Recipes For Today’s Party Starters
, by Taste Of Home. So much inspiration, you’ll start planning your next cocktail party just to taste them all. More information.


The Cake Book
, by Tish Boyle. A feast of nearly 200 irresistible recipes and practical guidance on ingredients, equipment and techniques. A new cake to try each week for the next 3.5 years. More information.


My Pizza: The Easy No-Knead Way to Make Spectacular Pizza at Home
, by Jim Lahey and Rick Flaste. Produce a great crust in any home oven, in fewer than five minutes. Then top it with creativity. More information.


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