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Yum's April Must Haves

Apr 1 2011 - 12:09pm

We're officially in the throes of Spring [1] and have nothing but warmer weather to look forward to in the weeks ahead. Oh, that and a little April Fools' Day [2], Earth Day [3], and Easter [4] fun! Add in a royal wedding [5], and there's lots to get excited about in the next 30 days. To check out what we can't stop coveting, keep reading.

Jelly Belly Bean Tin

Even if you're not inclined to go all out on Easter [6], it's always a small excuse to celebrate. We couldn't help but indulge in Jelly Belly's 2.25-ounce bean tin [7] ($4), filled with 20 different assorted flavors, from peach to popcorn.

Krups Panini Grill

Today is not just April Fools' Day. It's also the start of National Grilled Cheese Month, and we can't wait to experiment (daily?) with every kind of grilled cheese under the sun with a panini grill and recipe book [8] from Krups ($80). Although the appliance also works well on hamburgers and steaks, we'll be starting off with a few bookmarked recipes from Grilled Cheese Please! [9], Laura Werlin's latest book.

Vine Talk

We've been longtime fans of wine writer Ray Isle [10], the approachable and affable executive wine editor of Food & Wine magazine. He's set to star in an exciting new celebrity and wine talk show on national public television that's being moderated by actor Stanley Tucci [11]. Check out confirmed dates and stations [12] to learn more about wines from around the world.

Italian, My Way

You may recognize Jonathan Waxman from Top Chef Masters [13], but he's also known as the father of New American cuisine. Can't make it to his Manhattan restaurant, Barbuto? You can still sample his take on Italian classics with a new book, Italian, My Way [14]: More Than 150 Simple and Inspired Recipes That Breathe New Life into Italian Classics ($20), which includes recipes like this seasonal favorite for gnocchi with Spring vegetables and basil [15].

Wilton's Easter-Themed Metal Cutters

Homemade Peeps [16] are on our list of things to make this month, and with these Easter-motif metal cutters [17] ($5), they'll look just like the real deal — only they'll taste 10 times better. These cookie cutters would be fun for cookies, candy, and brownies, too.

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