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Foodie Find: Abuelita Hot Chocolate

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Item: Nestle Abuelita Hot Chocolate

Spotted in: Any Mexican grocery store. If they’re out of Abuelita, Ibarra hot chocolate will also do the trick.

Tastes like: Winter vacation.

Best used for: Making an occasion out of staying in. Book, blanket, and fireplace not included.

You know how hot chocolate never seems to be just right? It’s either fake-sweet like SwissMiss, which tastes best as an trashily amazing slopeside beverage, or too bitter like Dutch cocoa, which can taste, well, medicinal. But this chocolate is just right. Oh man is it good. Melt a few chunks into a pot of simmering milk, and you have yourself some perfect cocoa that is sinfully rich and just sweet enough. I like to add cinnamon to mine. (I have to credit friend Izaac for making a huge batch of hot chocolate at a movie night recently and completely converting me.)

Plus this chocolate can also be used for baking or making fondue. Score!

Buy it here.

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Foodie Find: Meat Thermometer

Item: Meat Thermometer

Spotted in: Any grocery store or superstore that has a “cooking stuff” aisle.

Tastes like: Your roasted chicken will never be overdone (or underdone) again.

Best used for: Perfect meat every time.

Do you cook meat? Then you need to get one of these. For a few dollars, this thermometer takes the guesswork out of knowing when your main course is absolutely perfect. Whether you’re making a weeknight dinner for yourself or gussying up an expensive cut for a special occasion, I bet you’d like it to be just right. No longer will you be operating on your turkey to see if it’s done! No longer will your chicken breasts bear slashes and gashes! No longer will you be playing Russian roulette with your filet mignon! Stick one of these on your holiday wish list and say goodbye to over- and under-cooking once and for all.

Buy it here.

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Foodie Find: The Sriracha Cookbook

Item: The Sriracha Cookbook

Spotted in: Amazon.com

Tastes like: Hot has never been so delicious.

Best used for: Anything from brownies to bacon.

I learned about Sriracha, a.k.a. Rooster Sauce, at Thai and Vietnamese restaurants in New York. Then my Korean roommates always had it in stock, though it’s not traditionally Korean. Then I moved to Los Angeles and found out that everyone–everyone–had a bottle of this in their fridge. In fact, you can’t consider yourself prepared to feed guests unless you have a bottle of this stuff on hand at all times. I’ve watched friends raid other friend’s fridges looking expressly for Sriracha, then squeeze half a bottle onto every bite of a burrito. (Actually, you need to stock Sriracha and Tapatio to be fully prepared for guests in Los Angeles.) And now there is an entire cookbook dedicated to celebrating the myriad ways to use Sriracha sauce, even in desserts!

Buy it here.

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Foodie Find: Guitar Flipper

Item: Guitar Spatula

Spotted in: Urban Outfitters

Tastes like: Pancakes, omelets, grilled cheeses, and really really big helpings of lasagna.

Best used for: Flipping out.

I wandered in to Urban Outfitters when I was on tour a few weeks ago just in case they had the odd amazing pair of cheap shoes and encountered this amazing flipper. It’s both extremely detailed and a very good flipper. (You can add that to the list of sentences I never thought I’d say.) I’m not usually one to buy random kitschy junk, but I happened to know someone who loves cooking and playing guitar. And I happened to know they needed a new spatula. And it happened to be their birthday. How often does that happen? Flipping genius.

Nothing says “Happy 33rd birthday!” like a guitar-shaped spatula. The best part is that Urban Outfitters is still selling it, so you can make your favorite musical cook’s wildest dreams come true.

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Foodie Find: Kirkland Farms Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Item: Kirkland Farms Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Spotted in: Costco

Tastes like: The first time you heard the Beatles. I kid you not.

Best used for: Everything.

When I was a kid, the first thing I learned about the Costco was that you could buy Birkenstocks there on the cheap if your mom had a membership. The slide-on cork sandals were en vogue at the crunchy chamber-music camp that I went to in the Berkshires every summer. But now, as an adult making decisions about how and what to eat, and where to buy it, I look at Costco and I no longer think: Birkenstocks! (I’ve favored firmer footwear for about 16 years.) Instead, I see the quality of Costco’s company model, their goods, and their prices.

I’ve been using Costco’s in-house brand olive oil, Kirkland Farms Organic E.V.O.O., since I bought a membership in February. For organic E.V.O.O., their prices can’t be beat. But after reading this article on the UCDavis Olive Center study’s findings that most E.V.O.O. is not actually “extra virgin,” including Whole Foods’ 365 brand, I was tickled to find out that my good old Costco olive oil ranked among the highest performers in “extra virginity.” Or whatever it’s called. Maybe that’s why my Costco membership card looks like this:

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Foodie Find: The Ultimate Online Shelf-Life Guide

Item: StillTasty.com Online Shelf-Life Guide

Spotted in: The Internets (or is it the Inter-Webs?)

Tastes like: You’ll be eating that amazing leftover meatloaf that you froze four months ago, and enjoying it.

Best used for: Reminding us of the miracle of modern refrigeration.

I’m as guilty as the next person of using my freezer as a food-purgatory: a place where leftovers go not to die but to wait to die. It’s a place where things I think I’ll want later can quietly end their days without the embarrassment of growing mold as their time slowly passes. Then, one year later when I haven’t yet defrosted that pint of homemade barbecue sauce (which I only kept because it takes a long time and lots of ingredients to make barbecue sauce), I can find out if this arcane item should be resuscitated via a rack of ribs, or put to rest for good. Did I mention this indispensable shelf-life calculator is searchable online for free? Amazing.

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Foodie Find: BOO!

Item: “BOO” Cookie Cutter

Spotted in: Crate & Barrel for $2.95 (buy it now for $1.50)

Tastes like: Butter cookies with orange icing.

Best used for: Scaring people who can read.

I’m a sucker for a good cookie cutter, and this one makes me want to make gluten-free shortbread cookies, like, NOW. Spotted in the “seasonal” section of Crate & Barrel, this little guy called to me and I had to post it, even after Halloween. But seriously, for $1.50, who cares if it sits in your drawer until next year’s Halloween parties and bake-offs roll around? Besides, maybe you’ll want to make cookies that say “BOB” or “BOOB” or “BOOBOO” between now and then. You never know.

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