Pretty drained

Tramontina's line of aluminum cookware now includes this six-quart stockpot with a stainless-steel lock-and-drain insert that allows easy draining, for perfectly cooked pasta. Glass lid is heat- and shatter-resistant; stainless-steel and silicone handles provide safe pickup of hot dishes; nonstick coating inside; porcelain enamel outside.

- Dianna Marder
Tramontina six-quart lock-and-drain stockpot, $29.97, in stores or online at

Tasty surprise

At first glance, you know this is candy, but what kind? These are chocolate-covered sunflower seeds, and they are irresistible. Consider putting a pound in a cute container as a thank-you gift for your host.

- D.M.

Chocolate-covered sunflower seeds, $6.49 a pound from or 800-558-6887.