In anticipation of the holiday season, I found a great site called CANDY CLUB which is the hottest new candy of the month club. Each month, a sweet-tooth recipient will receive a variety of delish favorites and hard-to-find candies. Talk about happiness for a candy man, woman or kid! Membership plans are offered in one, three, six and twelve month periods and include one box per month of three candy varieties. One month’s package could include: Haribo ® Gummi Techno Bears, Sour Power ® Wild Cherry Belts, Gimbal’s Sour Gourmet Jelly Beans and, as an added bonus, Butterfields® Peach Buds, all served up on a bed of Sweet’s ® Salt Water Taffy! As an extra added bonus, give the site your email and you will receive $10 off your next purchase.

 I am a huge fan of anything made by the Microplane company. Years ago they revolutionized cheese grating with their Microplane graters turning cheese into fluff with the flick of a wrist. The new MICROPLANE SPIRAL CUTTER revolutionizes cutting vegetables by quickly and easily creating spiral cuts and ribbons out of zucchini, carrots, cucumbers, and radishes. It’s like an old-school pencil sharpener allowing you to put the vegetables inside and crank out fabulous ribbons. It is perfect for making wonderful salads, “gluten-free” pastas, exquisite garnishes, or stir fry veggies with the twist of a wrist. The cutter is comfortable to use, compact, durable, and top-shelf dishwasher safe.

When my hands are knee-deep in meatball mixture, I love using the EPARÉ BATTERY OPERATED GRAVITY STEEL SALT OR PEPPER MILL AND GRINDER No button, no effort, no mess. Simply flip the battery-operated device to have fresh ground salt, pepper or any type of spice! It has a ceramic grinder that stays sharp and will not rust. Plus it is adjustable so you can select any type of grind from fine to course. While most grinder jars are made of plastic and have a small capacity, the EPARÈ, GRAVITY MILL is made of glass with a one-cup capacity and large spout for filling.

Bill Stroum is a master wood craftsman who was inspired by his trips to Provence to make these amazing hand crafted maple cheese boards. The BILLSKY BOARDS are works of art and make fantastic gifts. Each board is cut by hand and sanded to a silky smooth finish. The maple wood used is dense and anti-microbial requiring very little care, just a rinse with water and pat dry. An occasional rub of mineral oil is recommended as well. The most popular size is the long paddle (5-inches by 23-inches), which easily accommodates 2 to 3 cheeses, fruit, and breads or crackers. Another favorite is the 9-inch round. The large size double- sided “shoulder” board is a great gift, measuring 11-inches by 23-inches.

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