Grateful Bread stollen
$4.75-$16.50 per loaf; 2543 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento; www.gratefulbreadco.com
This local bakery has six hand-crafted loaves for the holidays: fragrant orange stollen, German Christmas stollen (raisins, almonds, hazelnuts and citrus peel), Black Forest bread (chocolate and cherries), Italian panettone (golden raisins and citron), Swedish rye limpa (orange zest and pulp, honey and anise seed) and puckery alpine lemon bread.
$14.99; Bed Bath & Beyond; fastapasta.com
Handy for the cook who doesn’t have the opportunity – dorm room, workplace – or inclination to boil a pot of water on a stovetop comes the Fasta Pasta. Use the self-contained, BPA-free microwave cooker to measure, cook and drain pasta. It works on all kinds of pasta as well as other foods.
IMUSA Espresso Set
$9.99; Macy’s; www.imusausa.com
Keep your countertop organized with this eight-piece espresso set with four 3-ounce espresso cups, four plates and a metal rack for stylish display. It comes in an assortment of colors and patterns.
Go Organically Fruit Snacks
$3.99 for eight 0.8-ounce pouches; Raley’s and Bel Air; www.goorganicallysnacks.com
The company pledges that its snacks are free of preservatives, artificial flavors and colors, gluten, high-fructose corn syrup, GMO products and trans fats. What you will find is a nice texture and choice of three pleasing flavors.
Chef’n has designed this cookie press with a quick-change latch and a big barrel to make baking faster and less hassle. The stainless-steel disks come in 10 shapes, including those for last-minute holiday sweets. It comes with a storage case.
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