By Merilee Kern, ‘The Luxe List’ Executive Editor
It’s that time of year again to praise mom for all that she does, and has done, on your behalf—and others. Take full advantage of this annual opportunity to shower her with gifts, including those that will help her make more of her time in the kitchen and also reward herself for a job well done with some refreshing and tasty treats—and even a few accolades. Here are four great ideas:
Wolfgang Puck Pressure Oven (www.PuckOven.com) — $250
If your mom loves to cook, then she will fall head over heels with this first-ever countertop pressure oven from the award-winning chef and celebrated restaurateur Wolfgang Puck. Resembling a traditional convection oven, the Wolfgang Puck Pressure Oven can be set to bake, toast, roast, broil, rotisserie or warm, and can create healthy meals in a fraction of the time as conventional ovens. The combination mechanics of the sealing lever and the vent release valve control the output of constant heat for even cooking. Following two and a half years of research and development, this oven maintains the benefits of a traditional pressure cooker by retaining nutrition while offering the versatility of a countertop oven.
Yonanas (www.yonanas.com) — $50
If mom likes kitchen appliances and also delicious desserts than this is the gift for her! Yonanas creates treats that look, taste, and feel like soft-serve ice cream but are actually made from frozen fruit. Unlike a juicer, the Yonanas does not separate the fiber from the fruits that are run through it, so she’ll get 100% of the fruits’ nutritional benefits. This is a great way to use up overripe fruit or take advantage of frozen fruit. Mom can even treat herself – and you – by adding chocolate into the mix. This device does not need milk, yogurt, or cream to create this delightful dessert, so vegans, diabetics, and the lactose intolerant can en joy these frozen treats. The machine even comes with a recipe book to inspire mom to get creative in the kitchen, and indulge in a nutritious way.
Takeya Deluxe Iced Tea Beverage System (www.TakeyaUSA.com) — $40
Show mom that she doesn’t need that old pitcher and tea bags when she can enjoy a high-tech solution. Takeya offers a proprietary ice tea system comprised of a stylish ice tea maker that comes in several colors and loose, whole-leaf tea packets offered in six delicious, all-natural flavors. Takeya’s ice tea system allows mom to make handcrafted, artisan ice tea beverages in just minutes. It comes with a recipe book so that mom can make special drinks like Spiced Chair Latter or Sparkling Cherry & Blood Orange drinks. It uses a patented Flash Chill technology that revolutionizes what was once a lengthy process of iced tea making. It comes with a two-quart iced tea maker, tea infuser, infuser extender, infuser holder, fruit infuser, citrus juicer and thermos jacket in addition to the recipe book and six-packet starter of tea. Meet mom on the porch for a nice, chilled ice tea as soon as she gets this easy-to-use beverage system set up.
GE X450 Digital Camera (www.General-Imaging.com) — $150
What cook doesn’t love taking pictures of their thoughtfully prepared and plated meals to share on social media? Treat her to a new camera that is user-friendly but also gives her a host of options and features that make her feel like a pro. The GE X450 is a new high-performance camera from GE that includes a convenient Eye-Fi feature, which allows mom to upload photos and videos directly from the camera to her favorite social media sites. With this camera, she can post her favorite photos or HD videos online without fumbling with cords and a laptop. The camera also features optical image stabilization for crystal-clear pictures, a 2.7” LCD screen to edit photos on the spot, and 25X optical zoom. It’s available in white or black.
“The Luxe List” Executive Editor Merilee Kern scours the luxury marketplace for exemplary travel experiences, extraordinary events, and notable products and services. Submissions are accepted at www.LuxeListReviews.com. Follow her on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/LuxeListEditor and Facebook here: www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList.
***Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above were provided at no cost and/or for a fee to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.***