Elegant Cocktail-Party Solution
La Petite Pearle offers perfect samplers of exceptionally fresh-tasting American roes (our favorite is the Transmontanus Rex from Idaho), blini and crème fraîche (from $26 a sampler; lapetitepearle.com).
Dark chocolate is having its moment, with new versions of classic American candies like M&M'S and Raisinets. Hershey's dark-chocolate Cacao Reserve bars are a fresh take on the old-fashioned ones.
Pie Crust Winner
Pillsbury was the all-around winner in F&W's taste test of ready-made pie crusts. We found that both its already-rolled pie crust and Pet-Ritz pie-crust-in-a-pan cook evenly, and are lightly sweet and flaky.