Good stuff

One good tip

Toast your spices before adding to a dish. A quick stint in a dry skillet over medium heat wakes dry spices up and releases their oils, which means your paprika will taste a lot more paprika-y. Use whole spices, watch the pan carefully, and stir constantly until the spices are fragrant, then transfer to a plate to cool before using. The same holds true for nuts and sesame seeds.

One good tool

Send the kids off to school with a hearty, healthy lunch packaged in Reduce’s Fire + Ice vacuum insulated container. Designed to keep foods hot or cold for up to six hours, the stylish 10-ounce container made from BPA-free, 100-percent recyclable stainless steel comes in bright blue or pink, is compact, spill proof and lunch box-friendly. You may even want one for yourself. Available at reduceeveryday.com for $12.99.

One good cocktail

September is apple season and that means cider. Make this Ciderhouse Whiskey cocktail from Sauver to celebrate. Make boiled cider: Gentle boil 1 gallon apples cider in a large, heavy bottom pot until it has reduced to 2 cups syrup. Set aside to let cool and store refrigerated. For the cocktail, combine 2 ounces bourbon and 1 ounce cider syrup over ice. Stir gently, add lemon twist, stir again and serve. Makes 1 cocktail.

Compiled by Kate Lawson