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Shelf Life: In a holiday jam

In a holiday jam

Brighten a cheese platter? Gift a jar? Perhaps Pamela Bennett's "Jams & Jellies in Less Than 30 Minutes" (Gibbs Smith, $16.99) can help. The four dozen-plus spreads (all require freezer or refrigerator storage) may have a short storage time, but the recipes go beyond berry basics to a pineapple-carrot jam, a wine jelly made from a robust red to fig jam. At amazon.com

On all sides

This is a sides story, a quick one about quinoa (KEEN-wah) paired with brown rice and seasoned by Near East Foods. After 15 minutes stove-top time, we enjoyed the rosemary-olive oil version; there's also red pepper-basil. Tasty on its own or amped up with veggies or meats, its suggested retail price: $2.99. For a store locater or to buy online, go to neareast.com

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Steer clear of scraped knuckles with a Stress Less Cheese Grater from Trudeau Corp. A black housing (with a spring-loaded door) keeps fingertips away from the stainless steel grating drum. Our test kitchen liked its ease of use and the versatility of its cast-iron handle which works well for right- or left-handed cooks. It's $19.99 at shoptrudeau.com.

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