MarketBasket | Pickled Pepper Beans

Posted: August 09, 2007

Gourmet pickle producer Rick's Picks offers fun takes on your average jarred dill and experiments with untraditional flavors and vegetables. Venture away from the cucumber and try Mean Beans, deliciously spicy green beans pickled in a garlicky cayenne pepper brine that pack just the right amount of heat and crunch.

- M.Y.

Mean Beans, $10.95 for a 15-ounce jar at Ingredient Specialty Foods, 4335 Main St., Manayunk.

Sponge that hangs around

In addition to being prettier than your typical scrubber, these colorful, biodegradable sponges can hang on your faucet to dry after use, which makes them easy to grab in an instant. Safe for nonstick cookware.

- M.Y.

The Grip Side Faucet Sponges, $15.95 for a pack of 9, at www.casabella.com.

Faux olives

Perfect for a gift or an after-dinner treat, these black and green "olives" are actually addictively delicious candies. Imported from France, the chocofeuilletes are made of crunchy almond-butter toffee coated with white chocolate (for the green) and dark chocolate (for the black). Bet you can't eat just one.

- Maureen Fitzgerald

Drageef Pecou chocolate olives, $8 for 8-ounce box at Capogiro, 119 S. 13th St., 215-351-0900.

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