2018 Mother's Day Favorites

Looking for small businesses to support? Browse the selection of food finds from across the country. They consist of something for the entire family, especially mom on Mother’s Day (May 13th). Wink!


the zen of slow cooking –  Moroccan Tagine

Easy, slow and delicious – this aromatic spice bag boasts exotic flavoring that makes cooks rejoice. The pungent cinnamon adds a subtle sweetness to a dish while the combination of the cumin, coriander seed, black peppercorns, annatto and saffron lingers on the tongue in harmony. Use it in the slow cooker with chicken. It creates a delightful broth, perfect over rice or by itself.  Owners Meg Barnhart and Jane McKay know how to bring convenience and Zen to the kitchen. Bon appétit!

Size: 2 – 0.59 packets
Suggested retail price: $8.00
Available: www.thezenofslowcooking.com


Pop Culture Iced T-Kettle 2

Finger-licking good! Owner Omar Hasan formulates a mean white cheddar kettle corn with a salty-sweet appeal. This gourmet goodness smells cheesy and tastes scrumdillyumptious, causing an addiction at first bite. Enjoy!

Sizes vary: Mini Bag (3 oz.) to Tin (6.5 gallons)
Suggested Retail Price: $0.99 to $68.99
Available: www.popculturepopz.com


J&K Style Grill KeKe’s Seasoning

Owners Kelvin and LaTonya Dooley keep a batch of this all-purpose seasoning on hand for its loyal restaurant customers. The mystery ingredients favor a balanced blend of seasoning salt, garlic and onion powders with a hint of sugar. It gives meats, vegetables and popcorn a savory boost, making home cooks look like pros. Try for yourself!

Size: 8 oz.
Suggested Retail Price: $6.00
Available: www.jandkstylegrill.com


The House of Tea Dragon Fruit Rose

Serve up a cup of roses. This bagged green tea radiates a floral fragrant that relaxes the soul. Owner Jessica Litt curates the loose-leaves from India. The bittersweet beverage gets better with each sip while the tropical superfood plays its part by providing needed antioxidants. Cheers!

Size: 1 oz.
Suggested retail price: $4.00
Available: www.houseoftea.com

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Rekaya, aka The Food Temptress, is a freelance journalist, author and co-host of the sports podcast “Black Girls Talk Sports.” She has written content for Amtrak, Writer’s Digest Books and various lifestyle magazines. She also has penned seven books in multiple genres. In her spare time, she enjoys developing recipes and exploring Virginia’s 200+ wineries.