Give your appetizer tray a zing with these imported Greek apricot-stuffed olives in citrus vinaigrette and Byzantine green olives stuffed with a Kalamata olive. They could also add more life to a martini. The light, sweet, fruity flavor of the apricot is wonderful with the salty olive and the combination of green and black olive is irresistible.
Stuffed olives, $11.99 per pound, from Picholine, 3360 W. 1st St., Los Angeles. (213) 252-8722.
Stand-Up Plastic Bags
If you've poured soups or other foods into plastic bags, you know the problem: They don't stand upright. Now they do. These handy wide-mouth bags are easy to fill with no messy spills. They're pleated on the bottom, allowing them to stand, and they're extra thick. The resealable bags also have volume measurements and an area to note the date and contents for easy storage. They come in both quart and half-gallon sizes.
Glad Stand & Zip bags, about $2 for 12 quart bags or nine half-gallon bags, at most major supermarkets.