Spam-and-eggs combination box
$5.50; Wrap N’ Roll Sushi Burrito (1801 L St., Sacramento); wrapnrollsushiburrito.com
This Hawaiian-influenced meat-and-rice dish from Wrap N’ Roll is a standout for Bee restaurant critic Carla Meyer: “A teriyaki sauce covers eggs that occupy that optimal zone between over easy and hard and, in turn, cover slabs of cooked, salty Spam. This flavor combination evokes breakfast-restaurant combo plates with ham, eggs, pancakes and maple syrup.”
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Pillsbury’s Purely Simple
$1.99-$3.29; local supermarkets; pillsburybaking.com
Want “real food” but convenience, too? Pillsbury has come up with a simple solution: box mixes with no added colors, preservatives or artificial flavorings. Purely Simple covers many familiar favorites: chocolate chunk brownies, chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies, white cake, chocolate cake, buttercream frosting and chocolate frosting. Everything is pre-measured. Just add an egg and butter, water or oil, depending on the mix. The results taste very much like baked goods made from scratch, especially the cookies and brownies.
$7.95; household goods retailers and hardware stores; chefn.com
An alternative to the straight microplane or hand grater, the PalmZester from Chef’n offers an efficient, comfortable device that snugly fits into the palm of your hand for citrus zesting. In seconds, the fruit is grated without a countertop mess because the zest is neatly contained in a compartment below the microplane blade. The Chef’n line of palm gadgets – peelers, brushes, etc. – all safely clean up in the dishwasher.
“Chocolate, The Consuming Passion”
$12.85; 112 pages; Workman Publishing
In this slender volume, a self-described handbook for the truly obsessed, Sandra Boynton has rewritten and redrawn her sinfully over-researched best-seller “Chocolate” with newly discovered truths such as “Chocolate: It’s not just for breakfast, lunch and dinner anymore.” Chocophiles – and others – will find practical information amid the humor, as if chocolate ever needed to justify its raison d’être.
Honeymoon ice cream
$9.99 for 16-ounce container; Nugget: honeymoonicecream.com
The flavors alone are intriguing: apricot sunflower seed, chocolate laurel (with bay leaf), brown butter plum. These artisanal ice creams made from grass-fed Jersey cow milk (6 percent butterfat) in Tiburon are creamy and lush, and come in cute canning jars that make the dessert feel even more like a special occasion.
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