Good coney kits

For those who can’t get back to Detroit for the holidays, there’s an opportunity to send them some faves from the Motor City. American Coney Island is offering a dozen dogs and all the fixins’ for $40. Go to or call (586) 219-0995. If you prefer the coneys from one of the National Coney Islands in the area, that chain offers a kit, too. For $49.95 you can get two dozen dogs plus the mustard, onion and chili sauce. Go to or call (888) 442-6639. Order soon to ensure delivery by Christmas.

Good skillet scrubber

“The Ringer” is a sheet of soldered chainmail designed to take the gunk off cherished cast-iron pans without harming the seasoned exterior. No need for soaps or detergents (you shouldn’t be using those anyway on cast iron. I admit to breaking down and using detergent for stubborn messes. The Ringer is rustproof and dishwasher safe. Available at Cost is $14.99

Compiled by Steve Pardo

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