Happy (Matryoshka) Mother’s Day

I was so fascinated when my Grandmother gave me a set of Russian Matryoshka nesting dolls. Matryoshka means Mother. Who could not be fascinated by opening up the “mother” doll and finding her children, one after another, etc. etc.  A history of these ingenious wood treasures says that there is a record of up to 30 little dolls-within dolls! Like a Chicken Kiev, there is a delightful surprise inside. Of course, in a Matryoshka there are many delightful surprises.

Matryoshka Russian Nesting Dolls
So then I got to thinking how much like my nesting dolls a Sweet Basil custom gift basket is. Custom Gift Baskets have long been a specialty at Sweet Basil. We always have a great selection of Ready-2-Go gift baskets on hand but on an occasion like Mother’s Day we recommend a custom gift basket where you have the fun of personalizing it by selecting items with the recipient in mind.

MatryoshkaBasketSo you begin with a basket. We have a variety of styles & sizes. Then you have many aisles to wander up and down selecting gourmet foods, spices, teas, coffees, china, linen, gadgets, cookbooks, cutlery….on the lookout for things you know your Mom would like to “nest” inside the basket.
Lisa Howe Ceramic Heart Dish at Sweet Basil

(One of our most popular items to include is a glistening handmade ceramic Heart Dish by Lisa Howe.)

And in keeping with the Matryoshka spirit of the day, as you present your basket you could say “Za Vas! (To You!) Mom!”

A Wonderful Chocolate Chip Cookie

The Chocolate Chip Cookie (CCC) was invented in the 1930s by Ruth Wakefield in Whitman, Massachusetts. Ruth and her husband Terry were the owners of the Toll House Inn. The story goes that Ruth cut up a Nestle Semi Sweet Chocolate bar to use in a batch of Butter Drop Do cookies. Folks went crazy over the results. Ruth eventually gave the recipe to Nestle to use on the package of their bar and in return they would supply her a lifetime supply all the chocolate she could use to make her cookies at the Toll House.
There must have been something in the air during the 70s! In 1975 Wally Amos began selling his Famous Amos CCCs and two years later Debbie (Mrs.) Fields opened her first CCC store.

Ruth Wakefield, Debbie Fields, Ernie the Keebler Elf, Wally Amos.

Of course there are now millions of CCCs made by the giants like Keebler, Nabisco and our grandmas and countless bakeries. (Before he became Secretary of State – and before that a senator – John Kerry, who claims CCCs have been ” a craving all my life,” opened a CCC store in Boston named Kilvert & Forbes.)

And now Sweet Basil joins the CCC ranks with a real winner. (We’ve kept it simple with the name. No “Spunkmeyer” here.)  The Wonderful Chocolate Chip Cookie.
WonderfulChocolateChipCookie Of course texture figures into CCCs in a big way. Some like crisp and some like chewy. The Wonderful Chocolate Chip Cookie takes the middle road – leaning to the crispy side. It turns out that what critic Barbara Johnson wrote about love applies to Chocolate Chip cookies: “Love is what makes two people sit in the middle of a bench when there is plenty of room at both ends.”