Charmingly low-tech but surprisingly efficient, this old-school gadget from Norpro is still the fastest way to peel, core and slice a bushel of apples. Just stick the suction-cup base to the counter, fix an apple onto the prongs and turn the hand crank: a peeled apple slinky emerges within seconds on the other end, ready to spring into your pies or sauce.
The Norpro apple peeler-corer costs $28 at Williams-Sonoma.
- Craig LaBan
A dash of Joe
After-dinner coffee has long been sweetened with a pour of Baileys Irish Cream. Now the folks at Baileys have decided to pour some coffee into their blend of Irish whiskey and fresh double cream. The result: A classic after-supper sipper, lovely served over ice.
Baileys with a hint of coffee, $18.99 per 750 ml bottle, available at liquor stores.
- Maureen Fitzgerald
Create a new Halloween tradition with homemade cookies cut into spooky shapes. Lots of room for decorating, with these four-inch cookie cutters.
Halloween cookie cutters, $2.95 each, from Crate and Barrel stores, or www.crateandbarrel.com.