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SMORGASBORD: Leafing through . . . More Oreos . . . Sweet talk . . . Flex it

Leafing through Don't know much about tea, but you like it? Pick up "The Tea Enthusiast's Handbook: A Guide to Enjoying the World's Best Teas," by Mary Lou and Robert J. Heiss. You'll learn all about the six classes of tea (green, oolong, black, ...

Wisconsin Natural Acres Honey
Give that ol' honey bear a break, and try a dollop of sweet stuff from a sleek jar of Wisconsin Natural Acres for your next cuppa or slice of toast. (McClatchy Tribune)

Leafing through

Don't know much about tea, but you like it? Pick up "The Tea Enthusiast's Handbook: A Guide to Enjoying the World's Best Teas," by Mary Lou and Robert J. Heiss. You'll learn all about the six classes of tea (green, oolong, black, yellow, white and pu-erh), a little history and how to brew perfectly.

The handbook is available for $16.99 on amazon.com.

More Oreos

New from Nabisco, another kind of Oreo cookie. Nabisco has offered fudge-covered Oreos in one version or another, on and off, for quite some time. Those are regular Oreo sandwich cookies coated with one or another kind of "fudge."

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New Oreo Fudge Cremes -- original or mint -- are something different. Each is like an open-faced Oreo cookie (an Oreo from which the top cookie has been removed), which is then coated with fudge. Actually, the cookie is thinner than a regular Oreo cookie and there's less white filling, too.) There are 21 Oreo Fudge Cremes in an 8.5-ounce box. (There are 45 complete Oreos in an 18-ounce bag that sells for just about the same price.)

Sweet talk

Give that ol' honey bear a break, and try a dollop of sweet stuff from a sleek jar of Wisconsin Natural Acres for your next cuppa or slice of toast. The nectar is primarily sourced from alfalfa, basswood and clover. It contains no out-of-state honey and is not heated or filtered in production.

A 5.7-ounce jar is $8.95 at wnacres.com.

Flex it

If the measure of a home product's value is how often you catch yourself telling friends and family about it, check out the Flex-It Measuring Cup by iSi Group.

This flexible, clear measuring cup lets cooks squeeze a spout suited to their grip and cooking needs. Made from European food-grade silicone, the base is sturdy, but the flexible cup provides control for pouring and can be squeezed to fit even narrow bottle openings. It's heat-resistant to 490 degrees and dishwasher- and microwave-safe.

The Flex-It Measuring Cup comes in three sizes -- 1-cup, 2-cup and 4-cup -- and is sold as a set for $25 or individually. The 1-cup Flex-It costs $6; the 2-cup, $9; and the 4-cup, $15. It is available through Amazon, Williams-Sonoma and www.isinorthamerica.com .

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"The Tea Enthusiast's Handbook: A Guide to Enjoying the World's Best Teas"
Don't know much about tea, but you like it? Pick up "The Tea Enthusiast's Handbook: A Guide to Enjoying the World's Best Teas," by Mary Lou and Robert J. Heiss. (McClatchy Tribune)

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