Good stuff: A good drink, a spice tip, and a good tool

One good cocktail

Late summer and the cantaloupe is in full florish. Pick up a bottle of Pimm’s No. 1 and make this seasonal treat. Pimm’s is a gin-based potion made in England from dry gin, liqueur, fruit juices, and spices that was created in the mid-18th century by English oyster bar owner James Pimm.

Pimm’s and Cantaloupe:

Add ice, 2 ounces Pimm's No. 1, and 2 ounces chilled club soda to glass. Stir gently.

Add lemon slices, 5 thin ginger slices, and a 1-inch thick cantaloupe wedge to the glass. Serve immediately. Makes 1 cocktail.

One good tip

If your spices have passed their prime, or you just have an abundance of some you don’t use regularly, try putting them in the garden. Spices like cinnamon and chili powder are known to keep a variety of pests away, from ants to rabbits. You’ll have to apply them frequently, as they wash away easily when it rains or blow away with the wind. Thyme or rosemary can also be infused in water or oil to make a great insecticide to spray on your plants. A line of salt is often used to keep ants and slugs away from certain areas, as well.

One good tool

I am enamored about Dreamfarm. This Australian-based company offers a wide variety of kitchen tools with interesting sounding names, from Levoons (scrape, level measuring spoons) and Smood (smooth, mash in seconds). My current favorite is the Supoon (sit up scraping spoon) that lets me scrap every last bit of food from the pan, bowl or jar, and can measure, stir, mix and serve. The unique handle design allows the spoon to sit up off the counter or rest on the pan. That means one spoon for many jobs in pretty colors with less clean-up. The safe silicone spoon is also dishwasher safe. Available at Leon & Lulu in Clawson ($14.99), Bed, Bath & Beyond and

Compiled by Kate Lawson