All-natural Noble juices of Winter Haven, Fla., are 100 percent pure and fresh, with flavor that pops. They are packaged in plastic bottles made with the renewable resource of plant-based resin and are well priced. The bold new blood orange is almost as thick as tomato juice; reduced in a saucepan on the stove top, it can become a concentrated yet simple citrus sauce for grilled or sauteed fish. Thirty-two ounces, $3.29 to $3.99; available at Wal-Mart stores.
Papa John's wheat crust passes taste test
Papa John's new 100 percent whole-wheat crust found unanimous approval among the seven Atlanta Journal-Constitution tasters who tried it. They compared a Garden Fresh vegetable pizza on the whole-wheat crust with an original crust pizza, and all preferred the whole-wheat. As a bonus, you pick up 6 grams of fiber per slice, rather than the 2 grams.
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Make cheese last longer
Extend the life of good cheeses by wrapping them in Formaticum cheese papers, made by a company in Portland, Ore.; $8 for a pack of 15 double-ply waxed sheets, 11 by 15 inches each, with labels. Maps printed on one side of the paper highlight locations of artisan cheesemakers across the U.S. www.formaticum.com.
Come taste wines with experts
Stuart Roy, director of wine and spirits at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, will be in Rock Hill to help celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Culture & Heritage Museums. He'll be the special guest at a wine tasting, 7:30-11 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Museum of York County. Tasting tables with wines and beers will be set up throughout the museum, and Observer wine columnist and Johnson & Wales instructor Catherine Rabb will be on hand. Cost: $50 for museum members; $60 for nonmembers and $90 per member couple. Details: 803-329-2121.
Endorsing Bobby Flay's skewers
Chicago Tribune testers liked the craftsmanship and design of these grilling skewers from celebrity chef Bobby Flay, part of his outdoor cooking line. A set of two costs $8 through the summer at Kohl's stores.
Cheers for Zeer.com
Zeer.com has been named one of the 50 Best Websites of 2008 by Time.com. The newly launched grocery community was recognized in Time.com's 2008 picks for the best the Web has to offer. Launched in May, Zeer is a grocery community that connects people to product information, interest-specific communities and consumer reviews. It's a great source for consumers overwhelmed by product choices and who want unbiased product information.