Fava beans, commonly used in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes, are labor-intensive to prepare. But these beans are cooked--all that's left to do is make a small slit in the outer skin of the bean and pop it out with your thumb. Serve them on salads or as a side dish.
10-ounce carton cooked fava beans, $2.39, from Trader Joe's.
These brightly colored wire whisks are coated with heat-resistant silicone that keeps food from sticking and clumping on the whisk. They also will not scratch Teflon-coated cooking pans.
Whisk, $9.95, in yellow, blue, green or red from Crate & Barrel stores or at www.crateandbarrel. com.