French pot phenomenon

Graeter's Ice Cream has built a legion of fans around its home base in Cincinnati, where, since 1870, it has been making ridiculously rich ice cream two gallons at a time using the French pot process. This small chain of ice cream shops in the Midwest has recently started supplying grocery stores in our neck of the woods, so you can buy a pint around here. The best-selling flavor is black raspberry chocolate chip, which is pretty darn good. But I'm partial to the cool and creamy mint chocolate chip with massive hunks of dark chocolate.

- Maureen Fitzgerald
Graeter's ice cream, $4 a pint, at Weis, Stop and Shop, and Fresh Market.

Practical and pretty

These colorful new bamboo and melamine colanders are sturdy enough to drain pasta, but pretty enough to serve fruit on the table. This set of three stacks for storage;

dishwasher safe;

1-, 2.5- and 3-quart


- Maureen Fitzgerald
Trudeau's colanders,

set of three, priced at $24.99; available for $20.99 on