14 Gift Ideas For Your Mom And Dad Who Love To Cook

14 Gift Ideas For Your Mom And Dad Who Love To Cook

This is like the nicest way of saying, "Please, please make me food."

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Ah, home cooked food. The undeniable best part of going home is getting to eat your parents' amazing, warm, fresh home-cooking. The aromatic air filling your nose, the sizzling of the pan on the stove, the hustle bustle of a busy kitchen, all making your stomach rumble louder than it has been for the past few months of eating less-than-delicious dining hall food.

Truly, there's something grand about food and family, and what better way to celebrate the two than with a lovely gift for the food fanatic in your life? Here are 14 great ideas that won't break your limit college-student budget but that will just as loved and appreciated as you are!

1. Natural Bamboo Magnetic Kitchen Knife Block – $29.99

Every great chef knows the key to delicious, quick-cooking starts with the right knife. Good chefs know how to properly store them as well so as to save them from too much damage. If your food lover keeps their knives in a drawer, this is the perfect gift for them. While high-end knives themselves can often be quite expensive, this rack is cost-effective and super useful. It stores knives and kitchen scissors properly and looks professional chef AF.

2. A cute salt and pepper shaker set – $16.95

Who can say no to that adorable lil bulldog face?! I know my parents are perpetually searching for the proper salt and pepper shaker, and I've always been one for adding a little more personality to your kitchen. This bulldog holder is absolutely adorable and is sure to win over guests when they entertain!

3. Breakfast Sandwich Maker – $23.57

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and for those who love to make amazing, cheesy, English muffin breakfast sandwiches, you can't get enough of this gadget.

4. Live Simply Measuring Cups – $21.26

Aw! How cute! While most of our parents these days are experienced enough that they don't really need measuring cups anymore, these can still serve as a super cute decoration. They'll only add to the Sunday morning brunch aesthetic, even if they are just for show.

5. Thoughtfully Mason Jar Herb Garden

The secret to good, simple food is simply fresh ingredients. And it can't get fresher than your own little garden. These mason jar herbs are sure to impress; they'll add a pure, fresh aesthetic to your kitchen windowsill, give your parent some fun gardening practice, and they'll be useful when it comes time to cook!

6. Chef'n VeggiChip Food Chopper – $18.95

You throw in your chosen veggies or fruits, pull the handle, and tada! Instant chopped salad or guac! It's fun, it's fast, it's affordable. You can't go wrong. Mom and Dad will love it.

7. Spiralizer – $29.99

For the Italian pasta lovers in your parents, this is the perfect gift! Instantly spiralize your veggies and make your own zoodles! Though a little on the pricier side, it's definitely well worth it. It's high quality, durable, and not to mention a lot of fun.

8. Seville Classics Bamboo Cutting Board with Cutting Mats – $24.07

Okay, this one is actually kind of genius, I might get this for myself. If your parents are the kind of people who like using different cutting boards for meats and vegetables but don't have enough space to store cutting boards, this is literally the perfect gift for them. The bamboo board fits 7 labeled, dishwasher-safe cutting mats inside it. You pull out the one you want, put it on top of the bamboo board, and cut away, with no fear of contamination! And the best part, they're easy to clean! What a great idea.

9. ChefSofi Mortar and Pestle Set – $33.65

If you're going to make guac, do it right. Straight from the must-haves brands of many revered chefs, this mortar and pestle set is sure to wow and impress at Mom and Dad's next Mexican food night. It's also good for pesto made the right way and so much more!

10. Oil Infuser – $12.68

This gift is a bit more unique, but for the parent chef who has it all, this might just be the perfect gift. Oil is an essential ingredient and it matters so much what kind of oil you cook with. Using this oil infuser to spice up the oil (maybe with a few herbs from your mason jar herb garden!) will make for a fun home experiment.

11. Butter Churner – $39.23

While certainly on the pricier side of gifts on this list, this butter churner is sure to impress your parents. They probably think you didn't even know that butter could be hand-churned, but there's nothing better than putting fresh butter on your toast in the morning. Again, another essential fat in cooking, your parents will definitely be impressed with this beautiful, vintage gift, and even more so if you offer to churn it for them!

12. Fondue Set – $34.95

Nothing makes a dinner party better than fondue. Now that you're out of the house, let Mom and Dad have their indulgent fun with this awesome fondue set that comes with a snuffer underneath to keep the chocolate/cheese nice and melty and fun, colored forks too!

13. Sushi Kit – $19.95

Sushi nights are always the best way to get some awesome family bonding time in. Make your own customized rolls, make each other rolls, have a wasabi eating contest; either way, Mom and Dad will love the wholesome fun that this affordable and cute kit brings to the kitchen!

14. Mary Berry's Baking Bible – $37.47

If nothing else gets you psyched to go shopping for Mom and Dad's kitchen, then go with a tried and true classic, the holy grail of baking, Mary Berry's Baking Bible. It's considered one of the best baking cookbooks out there in the world, and I would have to attest, some of those recipes are pretty amazing.

I know I made this list for parents, technically, but I wouldn't be opposed to receiving any of these gifts for myself this Christmas ;)

Please note that prices are accurate and items in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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A Goodbye Letter To My Best Friend

You'll always be my puppy.

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Dear Lexie,

I grew up with you, and then I watched you grow old. For 14 years you loved our family and greeted us each morning with your puppy smile. I'll never forget those first few years of life with you.

As you and your playful soul grew, so did my love for you. I have memory upon memory of you romping around on the carpet in our living room, eagerly seeking to engage us in a playful endeavor. Your tail would wag and your tongue would flop as you ran around in circles sharing your unbridled joy with us all. I'd then find one of your many toys and send it careening through air for you to dash across the living room in a tizzy.

As you continued to grow, so did your excitement and optimism for new feats of playfulness. Even in the sweltering heat of July, you would tear across the backyard in search of lost toys and a space to play. You'd run circles non-stop and I could never keep up with you! But as soon as both of us were tired, a nice swim would cool us both down. I would sit on the pool stairs next to you, both of us drenched after a dip, and just listen to you pant away while you still held your puppy smile. You were satisfied with yet another day filled with laughter, play, and companionship.

Even in your youth, you still had your moments of love and calm. I can remember the days when we would all sit as a family watching TV and you would sit quietly at our feet. Then when the time came, you would come and rest your head on the empty seat next to me and give me those big old puppy dog eyes. You always wanted to sit on the couch, and I always eventually caved. A quick two slaps on the seat and you would enthusiastically jump on to comfortably join me.

And the one thing I'll never forget about you Lexie was your insatiable hunger! Scores of cakes and cookies left on the kitchen counter were lost to you over the years. And even after a day of looting, you'd come to us at the kitchen table to rest your head on my leg to beg for more food (and once more I couldn't resist).

As you got on in age, you began to grow a white beard which stood out on your chocolate fur. You were no longer running around as frequently as you once had, but you still had every desire to play. But the one thing that never disappeared was that beautiful puppy smile. And so as I write this goodbye to you on February 2nd of 2019, I want you to know that we all love and miss you. You were a beacon of hope for our family, and you never let your ailments dampen your wonderful spirit. I'll never forget you or the times we had. I know now that you can finally steal all the cookies and cakes you want! While today might have been sad, I will forever remember all the joy you brought to us. Here's to you Lexie, my best friend of 14 years. I hope one day I can see your puppy smile once more.


Love,

Anthony

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