The idea isn't revolutionary: The Vietnamese have long grilled food on sugar cane. But Seasoned Skewers take the game to another level. We had great success grilling cubes of pork, apples and onions on the honey-bourbon-flavored sticks. (Also in garlic-herb, citrus-rosemary, and Thai coconut-lime.)
- Rick Nichols
Seasoned Skewers, $8.99 for 10, www.seasonedskewers.com, at area Kitchen Kapers stores, and Grocery, 101 S. 13th St., 215-922-5252.
Tender times threeCalphalon, whose pots we love, is launching a line of gadgets: peelers, can openers, graters, seed removers, zesters, and this nifty three-way tenderizer. It has three separate surface textures, for pounding cutlets, steaks or tough cuts you'll stew or braise - and a soft-touch handle to ward off blisters.
- Dianna Marder