FROM CAKES TO CASSEROLES, THESE CARE PACKAGES WILL GIVE THEM A MOMENT FOR THEMSELVES
Few things in life are more stressful or time-consuming than becoming a new parent. Having a baby completely upends the lives of the parents, with any semblance or “me time” replaced by time spent caring for the new addition to the family.
What is a Good Gift for New Parents?
Sending a gift to a new parent lets them know that you’re thinking about them and the little one, but most care packages for newborn parents are gifts for the baby, not the parents: baby clothes, toys, stuffed animals, and the like. But sending a gift to the parents can finally allow them to take a moment for themselves – and no gift is more welcome than food!
The best food gifts for new parents are ones that spoil them a little and don’t require too much work – sweet treats that can be eaten right out of the box, meals that don’t require any heating, and heat & eat comfort foods like casseroles. Treat the new parents in your life to a moment of (delicious) joy – ship these tasty, comforting, and easy foods to them with Goldbelly!
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Lasagna and Heat & Eat Comfort Foods
Broder’s Meat Lasagna
In 1981, Molly and Tom Broder took an inspirational trip to the culinary capital of Bologna, Italy, and the following year, they opened Broders’ Cucina Italiana in Minneapolis., Since then, it’s become a cornerstone of the community, and one of the very best Italian restaurants and markets in America. This Lasagna Siciliana is their classic meat lasagna. It’s made with housemade egg pasta layered with mozzarella, ricotta, housemade Italian sausage, and long-simmered tomato sauce.
Tanoreen’s Lamb Baked Eggplant
Tanoreen is Chef Rawia Bishara’s love letter to the traditional family-style Palestinian and Middle Eastern dishes she grew up eating. She opened Tanoreen in 1998 as a small ten-table restaurant in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. It’s since expanded to a larger location, and Bishara has published two cookbooks and been nominated for a James Beard Award.
This hearty, warm-spiced tender baked eggplant casserole is a house specialty. It’s layered with lamb, eggplant, potato, zucchini, onions, and tomatoes, and accompanied with rice & vermicelli pilaf.
Gramercy Tavern’s Mushroom Lasagna
One of America’s most iconic restaurants and a nine-time James Beard Award winner, New York’s Gramercy Tavern was a leading pioneer of the farm-to-table movement since its inception in 1994. Chef Michael Anthony’s contemporary American menu and fiercely seasonal menu showcases Gramercy Tavern’s relationships with local farms and purveyors.
This mushroom lasagna is a longtime favorite. The pasta is made in-house and rolled out daily, and mushrooms are roasted until golden brown and mixed into a buttery mushroom sauce with Ricotta and Grana Padano.
Goldberg’s Choose-Your-Own Savory Casseroles
Atlanta’s Goldberg’s Fine Foods has stood at the tasty intersection of Jewish deli and Southern comfort since it first opened its doors in 1972. Take your pick from a variety of six homestyle casseroles: Chicken Divan (chicken, broccoli florets, cream, and cheddar cheese atop buttery pasta), Chicken Pot Pie in a golden pastry crust, Chicken Tetrazzini (chicken with red bell peppers and onion, celery and garlic, noodles and mozzarella), beef or veggie lasagna, and shrimp & grits.
Panbury’s Double Crust Hand Pies
Founded in Atlanta in 2014 by two South African expats, Panbury’s savory meat pies and vegetarian pies are a nod to traditional British street food with the twist of South African, Australian and other international flavors. Their single-serving hand-pies are flaky, hearty, and absolutely gourmet, and are available in flavors ranging from Steak & Stout to Country Chicken to Veggie Thai Curry and Cajun Gumbo.
Curry Up Now’s Indian Burritos
What started as a San Francisco food truck in 2009 has since grown into a beloved Indian concept with locations all across the country. Curry Up Now is giving Indian street food a modern and innovative twist, with fun spins on traditional Indian favorites. Take your pick from delicious Indian burritos in flavors including Chicken Tikka Masala, Paneer Tikka Masala, Butter Chicken, Butter Paneer, and Vegan Chana Masala.
Bagels & Sandwiches New Parents Will Love
Russ & Daughters’ New York Brunch
When Joel Russ opened his shop in 1914, countless New York shops specialized in “appetizing,” best defined as foods that go with bagels. Russ passed the shop on to his daughters in the 1930s, and today it’s run by fourth-generation owners.
Russ & Daughters is one of the last of its kind, and this Brunch Kit is a taste of what’s made them so famous: New York’s finest Nova, all natural cream cheese, hand-rolled bagels, chocolate babka, and Private Blend coffee with a Russ & Daughters mug.
Ess-a-Bagel’s New York Bagel Brunch Kit
Ask a New Yorker where they go for the best bagels in New York City, and there’s a good possibility that they’ll tell you Ess-a-Bagel. Family-owned for over 35 years, Ess-a-Bagel is beloved for its big, chewy, crusty hand-rolled and kettle-boiled bagels made the old-fashioned way. This Brunch Kit partners them up with Nova and cream cheese – choose to add on fish salads, too.
Sal, Kris & Charlie’s The Bomb Sandwich
Known as the “Sandwich King of Astoria,” Sal, Kris & Charlie’s has been one of Queens’ most popular sandwich shops for more than 70 years. “The Bomb” is their most legendary sandwich: it’s loaded with a mix of Italian and American cold cuts, American and Provolone cheese, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, hot peppers, sweet peppers, and a schmear of mayo and mustard.
Campo’s Choose-Your-Own Philly Sandwich
Ambrose and Rose Campo opened their eponymous grocery store and butcher shop in 1947 and, decades later the Philadelphia deli is still slingin’ legendary Philly cheesesteaks and hoagies. This Choose-Your-Own Pack lets you take your pick from a variety of iconic Philly sandwiches, including Philly Cheesesteaks (with vegan and gluten-free options), Italian Hoagies, and Roast Pork, Provolone and Broccoli Rabe.
Central Grocery’s Muffuletta
Central Grocery first opened its doors in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter in 1906 and not much has changed since. It’s the birthplace of one of the city’s most iconic sandwiches: the Muffuletta.
Each muffuletta sandwich is made on a 10-inch round Sicilian sesame loaf that stays crusty despite all its fillings. It’s piled with ham, salami, mortadella, Swiss, Provolone, and a signature briny marinated olive salad made with olives and other tasty pickled veggies.
Liebman’s Complete Jewish Deli Dinner
When Joseph Liebman opened Liebman’s Kosher Deli in 1953, there were over 100 Jewish delis in the Bronx. Today, Liebman’s is the only one standing, and it remains a true taste of old New York. This Complete Jewish Deli Dinner is a taste of what put them on the map: Pastrami & Corned Beef Sandwiches, Matzah Ball Soup, Pickles, Knishes, Coleslaw, and Chocolate Rugelach.
Delicious Cakes & Cookies
Ina Garten’s Beatty’s Chocolate Cake
Gift in style, the Ina Garten way! Ina’s signature chocolate cake is absolutely to-die-for, and it’s made with layers of rich chocolate cake and creamy chocolate buttercream frosting. The secret ingredient? Freshly brewed coffee, which deepens the richness and flavor of the chocolate.
Carousel Cakes’ Oprah’s Favorite Red Velvet Cake
Carousel Cakes’ recipe for success may be straightforward, but it’s also nearly impossible to duplicate: First-class ingredients, five decades of expert baking skills, and the extra effort of mixing everything by hand and with love go into every cake.
Their signature Red Velvet Cake is a mild chocolate flavored cake in a perfectly beautiful shade of rich red and topped with a pure, thick cream cheese frosting. It was one of Oprah’s Favorite Things!
Caroline’s Cakes’ 7-Layer Caramel Cake
Known as the “Home of the World’s Best Caramel Cake,” Caroline’s Cakes have been delighting thousands with their classic 7-layer Southern style cakes since Caroline Ragsdale Reutter served her first cake in 1982. This 7-Layer Caramel Cake is their most popular layer cake by far: the moist yellow cake layers are filled with Caroline’s famous “melt-in-your-mouth” caramel icing.
Famous 4th Street Cookie Co.’s Choose-Your-Own 18 Cookie Pack
Famous 4th Street Cookie Co. has been making Philadelphians happy since it was founded in Philadelphia by David and Janie Auspitz in 1978. This Choose-Your-Own pack lets you take your pick of their most famous cookies made with all-natural ingredients, including oatmeal raisin, peanut butter, chocolate macadamia nut and white chocolate cranberry.
Big Fat Cookie’s Giant Cookie 8-Pack
When we say these cookies are GIANT, we mean it: Each one is six ounces, just shy of half a pound! These cookies are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and are a serious indulgence. The Assorted Classics Giant Cookie pack is a celebration of the world’s four favorite cookie flavors: oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip, triple chocolate, and 50/50 mixed.
Ferrara Italian Bakery’s Italian Cookie Tray
With secret recipes that span three centuries, Ferrara Italian Bakery is a fifth generation family-owned bakery that has continued to hand-craft Italian desserts from the same location in NYC’s Little Italy since 1892.
This tray of Ferrara’s delicate & buttery cookies are the perfect sweet treat. Using secret Old World recipes that are over 100 years old, Ferrara bakes perfect rainbow (tricolori), pignoli (almond-flavored cookies studded with pine nuts), fudge-swirled cookies & more.
Other Sweets For New Parent Gifts
Georgetown Cupcakes’ Best Seller Cupcakes
At Washington, DC’s legendary Georgetown Cupcake, sisters Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne are baking up classic cupcakes using only the finest ingredients including European sweet cream butter, Valrhona and Callebaut chocolate, Madagascar Bourbon vanilla extract, and fresh fruits and citrus.
This a variety of 12 of their most popular cupcakes, including Coconut, Cookies & Creme, Peanut Butter Fudge, and Red Velvet.
Shortbread Society’s Millionaires Shortbread Tray
You’ve never had shortbread like this! Chef “Scottish Francis” Legge (who starred on season 5 of “Masterchef”) and his wife Christine are so obsessed with proper shortbread that they’ve created a variety of decadent and delicious shortbread creations. This Millionaires Shortbread is their most popular offering: Traditional buttery shortbread, topped with rich Highland caramel and rich, dark chocolate ganache.
Martha Stewart’s Lanandary Banana Pudding
Martha Stewart is an icon and the last word in all things delicious. This is her signature Banana Pudding, made with plenty of bananas, cream, and Nilla Wafers. It’s incredibly creamy and luxurious, and just might be the best banana pudding on earth.
Tartine Bakery’s Brownies
Tartine Bakery was founded by Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson in San Francisco’s Mission District in 2002, and since then it’s gone down as one of the most beloved and influential bakeries in America. Fans include the James Beard Foundation, which awarded Prueitt and Robertson “Best Pastry Chefs in America.” Tartine’s Brownies are extra-chocolatey, rich, and fudgey, made with Valrhona chocolate.
Angel Food Bakery’s Message Donuts
Why say it when you could spell it…in donuts!!?! These Custom Message Donuts (choose from “IT’S A BOY” or “IT’S A GIRL”) have received attention from coast to coast in magazines as well as food blogs.
Angel Food Bakery & Donut Bar makes these yeast-raised donuts fresh each morning just for you and tops them in an assortment of their most popular flavors: chocolate sprinkles, Saturday Morning Cartoons (Fruity Pebbles), vanilla sprinkles, orange blossom, You Want Samoa This, and raspberry chocolate chip.
Tiny Pies’ Tiny Pie 12-Pack
When Amanda Wadsworth’s son wanted a pie he could easily transport and eat at school, Amanda and her mom, Kit Seay, created Tiny Pies. Tiny Pies began to sell its handheld pies at the Barton Creek Farmers Market in Austin, Texas, in 2011. The duo makes their mini pies from scratch with locally-sourced ingredients, and this 12-Pack contains 3 each of apple, cherry, Sweet Texas Pecan, and Texas Two Step (pecan and chocolate brownie) pies.
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