’The Vegetable Butcher’
$29.95; Workman Press; workman.com
The subtitle – “How to Select, Prep, Slice, Dice, and Masterfully Cook Vegetables From Artichokes to Zucchini” – is an apt description for the contents of this cookbook by Cara Mangini. Cooks will find the basics as well as new techniques and dishes of more than 50 vegetables.
$59.95; Brookstone, Sur La Table and other retail outlets; steakchamp.com
This German-made thermometer takes the guesswork out of grilling, with its LED technology and metal probe. The core temperature of the steak (or chop, whole fish, etc.) is taken along the entire length of the probe and relayed by color-coding to the cook.
$3; Carmichael and Oak Park farmers markets, davepops.com
Local treat-maker Dave Feldpausch has added a dozen new flavors – such as cardamom and crazy-good rocky road – to his lineup of hand-crafted, dairy-free frozen bars. Find the DavePops cart at farmers markets in Sacramento’s McClatchy Park and Carmichael Park and at the Carmichael Park Concert Series.
$6.99 for 10-ounce bag; Walmart; carringtonfarms.com
The high-fiber, gluten-free alternative to grain from Carrington Farms is ready to eat. Added to salads, soups or yogurt, it provides a crunchy texture, and the edible seeds offer nearly twice the fiber as grains and all nine of the essential amino acids.
$25; 64 ounce capacity; bar supply merchandizers; rabbitwine.com
On your next camping outing, carry some of that double IPA, stout or red ale you like from your favorite craft brewery in this stainless-steel growler without worry. Rabbit has insulated this virtually unbreakable vessel so your beer won’t degrade.
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