Bob Dylan famously proclaimed, “Mama, you’ve been on my mind,” and that’s precisely how we’re feeling with Mother’s Day approaching. As a lyricist, Dylan is notoriously dense, but we’ve consulted with a few great literary minds, and we think we’ve figured out what the Nobel Laureate was getting at in the subtext of that song.
“Clearly, Dylan’s point was that he feels the best way to show affection to his mother—and indeed, to mother’s all over—is to send the gift of cheese,” said Curd Vonnegut.
“Curd is exactly right,” confirmed Ayn Rind. “Dylan makes the irrefutable point that cheese is a perfect—nay, the perfect—gift for Mother’s Day.”
Far be it from us to disagree with the experts, so we’re not even going to try. Instead, we’re going to share with you our guide for Mother’s Day gifting. Presenting, the gourmet way to make mom say cheese:
Moms know it: wine and cheese is a classic pairing. The Italians know it too, to the point that they decided to combine the two items into one. This aged cow’s milk cheese is a rose-rinded wheel that’s aged in a tub of sparkling wine. You heard that right. That long, boozy bath delivers a fruity aroma and the flavor profile of a sweet white vintage—something between a buttery Chardonnay, citrusy Sauvignon Blanc, and syrupy Gewurztraminer.
But perhaps mother would prefer her wine and cheese as individual entities. We’ve got you covered. Here’s a collection that we put together specifically to pair with white wine. It has four different cheeses, a tablet of dark chocolate, buttery oat cakes, and whipped maple cream. Just pick up a bottle or two of white and this incredible collection is complete.
Porta Rocca is made by the legendairy Italian creamery Quattro Portoni. Buffalo produce the richest of milks, and this wheel is creamy and mild, with the slightest tang of thick, fresh yogurt. Pair it with some grapes, nuts, and blossom honey to make a Mother’s Day cheese board for the ages.
Burrata is the It cheese: It’s delicious. It’s eminently photogenic. It goes well with everything. And here, it brings a luscious, ribbony texture to a trinity of Italian classics. Laid out alongside buttery, vibrantly green Castelvetrano olives and silky sheets of ruby-red Prosciutto di Parma, it serves as the anchor of a brilliant trio. Mama has just gotta burrata. Like, a lotta. Could she keep from smiling at this collection? We think notta.
Your mother deserves to be treated like royalty, so this artful board is the ideal centerpiece for her Mother’s Day spread. With its black and white chevrons, it looks like it would be at home in a French court. It also looks like it would make for the coolest backgammon board ever. No games here, though—this board is as sturdy and reliable as it is aesthetically elegant.
Made of vibrant, hammered copper, these serving dishes are as perfect for holding dips like hummus and chutney as they are for snacks like nuts, pretzels, and dried fruits. An added bonus: you can easily measure how much you’re serving, as they nest from a quarter cup at the smallest to a whole cup at the largest.
And there’s even more where that came from. Take a peek at the complete Murray’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide.