TO RESCUE: Daybreak Designs' polyethylene scrubbers aren't for
your feet. Instead, they're handy for cleaning your produce. Fruit
and vegetables are dropped in the socks and rubbed under flowing
water. For larger jobs, the socks can be worn like a mitt. They
also make handy colanders to clean and wash herbs and berries.
RIGHT NOW: Buitoni now offers a 24-minute cooking time to beat
the hours it takes to make this popular Italian rice dish from scratch.
The Tomato & Basil and Rosemary & Potato mixes offer authentic
flavor and creamy texture. Both varieties contain 210 calories and
are low in fat. But watch out for the sodium - there are 800 milligrams
PATRIOTIC SERVINGS: Chantal has new ceramic bakeware that
Betsy Ross would have loved - star-shaped dishes in red, white and
blue. You can find cup-size ramekins, one- and two-quart baking/serving
dishes and serving plates in the patriotic line. Prices range from
$2.99 for a ramekin to $14.99 for a set of four plates.
bakeware is available at fine specialty and department stores or
by calling 1-800- 365-4354 or by logging on to www.chantalcookware.com.
DRESSER'S WINE OF THE WEEK is a 1999 (Red), 2000 (White) Guigal
Cotes du Rhone ($11).
The master winemaker of the Rhone Valley scores twice with his current
releases of his bargain-priced Cotes du Rhones ($11). The full-bodied
red is one of his best yet - with vibrant blackberry and raspberry
fruit and nuances of blueberry and black pepper. Serve with red
meat, pasta or grilled poultry.