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One good sweet

I have just sampled the perfect hostess or holiday sweet: Gourmet, handcrafted pastries from the famed Montreal pastry shop, "Les Galets," which are now available on patisserielesgalets.com. Made of natural ingredients, including pistachios, pine nuts, walnuts and hazelnuts, the beautiful assortments of lightly sweetened treats come packaged in a lovely gift box and are delivered within five days of ordering. Prices vary between $39 and $85, for assortments varying in size between 22 pieces and 70 pieces.

One good cooking tool

Along with staying away from processed foods and going "back to basics" with pure ingredients, having the right tools is important for your New Year's resolution list. With the latest nonstick cookware from Swiss Diamond, you can omit unnecessary calories, GMOs and chemicals typically added during the cooking process by cooking sprays. Each piece of Swiss Diamond cookware is coated with up to 200,000 diamond crystals, which are a great conductor of heat and are naturally nonstick, making them easy to clean. Also oven safe (including handle and lid) up to 500 degrees. Available in saute pans, fry pans, stock pots and saucepans. Price for 10-inch fry pan with steam release lid is $89.95. Visit swissdiamond.com or Williams-Sonoma.

One good libation

Shake off the chill with Blue Chair Bay Coconut Spiced Rum Cream. This limited edition spirit from country star Kenny Chesney's liquor company brings an island flavor to your glass with notes of toasted coconut, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Try it in your coffee, or mix with coconut water or espresso-flavored vodka.

Compiled by Kate Lawson

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