Artisan ingredients like Tahitian vanilla beans and organic lavender push these summer staples beyond the campfire. Any of the dozens of imaginative flavors on offer—from Chocolate Hazelnut Swirl to Peanut Butter Banana—makes a divine dessert, no graham crackers necessary.
Enjoying rich, flaky pastries hot from the oven couldn’t be easier, thanks to this box of wonders. The croissant dough arrives pre-shaped and frozen. Simply thaw the pieces overnight, then pop them in the oven first thing in the morning for the ultimate breakfast treat.
Who needs additives and artificial flavors in hot sauce? Only peppers, vinegar, and sea salt go into these zippy condiments, so their distinctive tastes—from a mildly spicy jalapeño to a super-fiery habanero—shine right through.
This pretty pink aperitif is meant to be sipped before dinner. Enjoy it as the French do—with a splash of club soda or mixed with sparkling wine.
To buy: $19 for one 750 ml bottle, at liquor stores and drinkupny.com.
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Back to the Roots Grow-Your-Own Mushroom Garden
A creative twist on the window box herb garden, this DIY kit includes everything you need to grow 1½ pounds of oyster mushrooms. Just spray the seeds twice a day and in less than two weeks you can enjoy the fruits (or fungi) of your labor.
You’ll love this cookbook devoted to the pleasures of fruit both for the endearing writing (plums are described as “jelly-fleshed and incandescently ripe”) and the easy-to-follow recipes. If that doesn’t pull you into the kitchen, gorgeous photographs of dishes like Baked Peaches With Maple Syrup and Rhubarb Cinnamon Polenta Cake will do the trick.