The Flying Monkey Patisserie now has a signature cupcake: moist chocolate cake stuffed with banana and buttercream, topped with creamy chocolate frosting. Like all the bakery's chocolate cupcakes, the cake is a "war bride" recipe, dating back to the 1940s, full of rich cocoa flavor, but not overly sweet. With hints of ripe banana lingering in each bite, and a smooth, buttery frosting, it's hard to imagine a more delectable namesake.
- Kirstin Lindermayer
Signature cupcake, $2 at Flying Monkey Patisserie, Reading Terminal Market, 215- 928-0340.
Extend the life of pricey fresh herbs. Keep up to three bunches hydrated and fragrant for up to three weeks, their stems sipping from the water reservoir of a 10-inch acrylic holder. Refrigerate or keep handy on a counter or windowsill.
- Marilynn Marter
Fresh Herb Keeper, 10-by-3-inches, $14.99. At Kitchen Kapers or www. kitchenkapers.com.
Since the 16th century, artisans in Deruta in Italy's Umbria region have been known for their handcrafted pottery.
Bring history to your table with a pitcher in an authentic Grazia family design dating back to the Renaissance, with the colors and characteristic glaze of the region's majolica earthenware. From the Deruta dinnerware collection.