Lodge knows cast iron cookware. But it's not resting on its hefty laurels. Enter the new tableware mini-servers. The collection offers seven cute shapes - the curved handles are a nice touch - perfect for serving up sides, desserts and more. Buy them for $12 to $18 each at lodgemfg.com.
The thought of giving up dessert in favor of a stick of gum never crossed our gluttonous minds, until we met Extra Dessert Delights gum. The flavor scientists behind this new line of Wrigley gum really nailed the Key Lime Pie, Strawberry Shortcake and Mint Chocolate Chip varieties. We're still in awe, and happily chewing away. Just don't tell your sweet tooth that it's sugar-free. A pack of 15 sticks is available in grocery and convenience stores nationwide for about $2.
Make quick work of chopping and mincing fresh herbs and some veggies with Kuhn Rikon Switzerland's Kulu Herb & Vegetable Knife. The curves of the handle and blade on the knife, an updated version of the traditional Eskimo ulu knife, make the whole prep process kind of fun. Buy the small version for about $12 (in green or red) at kuhnrikon.com.
Wine of the week
Tuscany isn't exactly known for its white wines. But San Gimignano, the medieval hilltown bristling with towers, is ground zero for Vernaccia di San Gimignano. The 2009 Panizzi Vernaccia di San Gimignano is just hitting the shelves now, and it's a beauty. Pale yellow with greenish glints, it's scented with lime and almonds. The wine isn't shy: It has a rich, full flavor and a vibrant acidity.
Break out a bottle of Panizzi Vernaccia to enjoy with oysters, chilled shellfish, crab cakes and Dungeness crab. It's great with seafood pasta and risotto too. Or simply served with olives and almonds. It sells for about $20 per bottle.
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