Kate Lawson highlights good products and helpful hints
One good kit
Make authentic Indian food easily and deliciously with the Kitchen Curry Master. The special kit contains 8 brushed steel spice pots each filled with all the spices you need to create your own Indian home-cooked meal. Spices include fenugreek, mustard and cumin seeds, turmeric and chili powders, a blend of ground cumin and coriander and a mix of cinnamon, star anise, cloves and green cardamom to create such curries as chicken and spinach, cauliflower and peas and others. Kit includes a simple cooking guide with recipes and storage for the spices in a spice box to keep everything fresh. Available at kitchencurrymaster.com for $49.95.
One good veggie
Push those french fries off the plate, Dominex Veggie Fries uses fresh eggplant and Italian breading that are a refreshing alternative to traditional fries with only a fraction of the sodium. Oven bake or deep fry, the eggplant turns out nice and crispy perfect for dipping in marinara sauce, ketchup or ranch dressing. Dominex also makes eggplant cutlets, eggplant burgers, eggplant vegetarian meatballs and eggplant parm bites as well as zucchini fries and carrot fries. Look for Dominex Veggie products at Plum Markets, Hiller’s, Market Fresh and Market Square or available online in cases ranging from $25-$29.
One good tip
When chopping or mincing fresh herbs, whether it’s parsley, cilantro or dill, toss a little salt onto the cutting board; it will keep the herbs from flying around. This also works well when mincing garlic.
Compiled by Kate Lawson