Good chips

Come January, Kettle Brand is unleashing two kinds of “Kettle Uprooted” vegetable chips. The chips have just three ingredients: Freshly sliced root vegetables, oil and sea salt. The sweet potatoes chips were crunchy with a good blend of sea salt. The sweet potatoes, beets and parsnips added a depth and have a great color, as well as an interesting crunch. The only complaint (from my wife) was that the 6-ounce bag didn’t feel like six servings. Together, we did polish off most of the bag in one sitting. Available at major grocery stores and natural food stores. Cost is $3.99 a bag.

Good last-minute



The United Dairy Industry of Michigan has teamed up with local bloggers from around the state to create original recipes for festive holiday cookies. Recipes range from appetizers to entrees to desserts. The gingerbread cups with white chocolate frosting are a pretty, portable treat. Go to

Good thermos drinks

Redsmoke Barbecue in Greektown has introduced a new line of thermos drinks centering on the winter trifecta of cider, cocoa, and coffee. The restaurant and bar is selling a souvenir thermos for $16 and will give a complimentary (nonalcoholic) fill-up with the purchase.

Compiled by Steve Pardo

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