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Whether you’re celebrating Mother’s Day, World Cocktail Day or just want your family to think you’ve spent all this time in isolation perfecting your baking skills, here are some of our favorite meal kits that provide flexibility and creativity to make you look like a pro.

Cake Monkey Bakery: is currently offering chocolate cupcake, lemon crumb bar and sticky toffee blondie kits with everything included to recreate a dozen of each at home, as well as blueberry muffins, gluten-free banana chocolate bread and more ready to bake cookie kits, available to order for pickup or delivery, $28-$45.

Pivoting from pizza, CPK spring meal kits  give you everything you need and an easy-to-follow recipe with choices that include of pan-roasted chicken, roasted salmon, or grilled ribeye with a side of spinach artichoke dip, sourdough baguette, Caesar salad, fingerling potatoes, and butter cake with vanilla Haagen-Dazs ice cream; $40-$120 depending on meat selection for 2 or 4 servings.

Salmon spring meal kit (Courtesy CPK)

Bowlila, a new plant-based delivery concept that opened last month  is launching a new build-your-own meal kit made up of chickpea bowls. Inspired by balila, a common Middle Eastern street food, each bowl includes one protein base — choice between classic chickpeas, edamame or a 50/50 mix of the two — with  toppings and dairy-free sauces designed by Badr Fayez and Adlah Al-Sharhan. The BYO Bowlila kits are available in 4 different varieties  with all the ingredients needed to make and assemble the bowls at home:

  • Classic: Bowlila’s house made garlic cumin sauce topped with beet-pickled cauliflower, diced jalapenos, crispy fried onions and a sprinkle of chili-lime corn crunchies.
  • Japanese: Sesame-miso sauce, topped with cucumber, roasted seaweed, tofu croutons, green onions, furikake, crispy fried onion and pickled ginger garnish.
  • Persian: Chimichurri Verde sauce, topped with bell peppers, pumpkin seeds, jicama, chili-lime corn crunchies, diced jalapenos, crispy fried onions and freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  • Argentinian: Spicy yogurt sauce, topped with barberry, Persian sour plum, cucumber, pumpkin seeds, beet-pickled cauliflower and crispy fried onion.

With World Cocktail day around the corner on May 13, Crafted Taste has a long list of cocktail kits from mint juleps to Hello Limoncello, the Lovebird and Swing State kit made with lime liqueur and rum. There are monthly kits, with the Mamma Mia available for May, a combination of Sanbitter and Malfy gin with dashes of Fee Bros. Rhubarb bitters. The May Day Fizz mixes gin with Royal Rose strawberry fennel syrup and lemon bitters, top it with a dry shake of egg for a foamy fizz.

101 North has created cocktail kits of their signature drinks created by their in-house mixologist. There are seven ready to-go cocktail kits offered: The Lovely Loon, A Bloody Good Thyme, The Old Fashion, Red Sangria, Italian Iced Tea, Cosmopolitan and a Margarita Kit. Each package comes with all the ingredients and instructions to make your favorite 101 North cocktail at home; including a full bottle of the alcohol itself. Each kit is  priced at $40 and the Red Sangria Kit is $30. Don’t forget your I.D. as it will be checked upon pick up or delivery.

Ugo Culver City cannoli kit (Michele Stueven)

Ugo just put together a few grocery boxes for people who don’t want to to line up at the store, as well as a cannoli kit for $20. Decorative box comes with four housemade shells, a piping bag with ricotta cream, pistachios, chocolate chips and powdered sugar for dusting. The kit lasts for a good week in the fridge and makes a dramatic presentation. Order online and take all the credit for the tubular magic.

Lazy Dog Restaurants is offering brunch and DIY mimosa kits for Mother’s Day, which include pancake mix, whipped cream, Nutella, fresh bananas, syrup, 15 eggs, a pound of bacon, breakfast potatoes, coffee and fresh orange juice. The cheesy eggs and avocado toast meal kit includes scrambled eggs, cheddar, jack, sea salt, red pepper flakes and crushed avocado on grilled French bread with a choice of hash browns or watermelon and is available on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; $10.95-$11.50.

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