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One good kitchen helper

Ensuring multiple items are ready for dinner at the same time isn’t always an easy task. The Taylor Four-Event Timer with Whiteboard allows the home chef to keep track of the main, two sides and dessert (or any other food combination, up to four) with ease. Each of the times has a different alarm tone and can be set for up to 24 hours and 59 minutes (in case you’ve got something very low or very large in the smoker). Available at Amazon.com. Cost is around $11.

New vegan options at CVS

Pharmacy giant CVS is hitching its wagon to the gluten-free, non-GMO, vegan movement and announced it’s adding vegan options to more than 2,000 stores nationwide. Featured snacks and grocery items that meet vegan eating guidelines are being showcased in displays in several stores now through Jan. 13. New items include seaweed snacks, vegan maroons, fruit and nut bars and more. Cost of the new items range from around $2 to $7.

Good candy options

Things just got a little sweeter on the campus of the University of Michigan. The iconic Ann Arbor-based deli Zingerman’s has brought their popular candy treats to four locations: the Michigan Union, Field’s Cafe at Palmer Commons, Bert’s Cafe in the Shapiro Undergraduate University and the Fireside Cafe on the north campus. Peanut brittle and three kinds of candy bars are available to students, faculty and visitors. The bars cost $3.99. A 4-ounce bag of brittle costs $4.99.

Compiled by Steve Pardo

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