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January 15, 2003|Donna Deane

Form and function

These bird's-eye maple cutting boards, hand-carved by Edward Wohl of Wisconsin, could easily hang in the kitchen as works of art. But they'd also look beautiful on a buffet table holding cheeses, smoked salmon and other hors d'oeuvres. If you do display them, Wohl suggests using one side for cutting and the other side for serving food or hanging.

Cutting boards, 23-by-10 inches, 13-by-8 1/2 inches, and 11 1/2-inch-by-12 3/4-inch board with handle, $68 to $110, from Freehand, 8413 W. 3rd St., L.A. (323) 655-2607.

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Julienne made easy

Easily slice vegetables into julienne strips with this handy gadget. Use the hand guard to hold the vegetables in place while slicing (the slicer is very sharp). You can use this with fruits as well.

Ceramic julienne slicer, $25, from William-Sonoma stores and www.williamssonoma

.com.

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A pot of gold

Everyone needs the perfect honey pot, and this little gem holds more than just plain honey. Inside the 5 3/4-inch ceramic pot is an herbal Spanish honey flavored with rosemary, thyme and lavender flowers, which give it a robust taste with notes of molasses.

Miguel & Valentino gourmet honey in pot, $14.99 from Surfas, 8825 National Blvd., Culver City, (310) 559-4770.

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