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  • Photograph: Hannah Mattix

    Agro Dolce

    Agrodolce Master Stock Last year's hot pantry item was Taste #5 Umami Paste, and this season it's all about this versatile Chinese stock. The flavor base---made with soy sauce, rice vinegar and a blend of spices, including ginger, Szechuan peppercorns and star anise---is a boon for busy cooks, who can use it to flavor soups, stews or braises with just one ingredient. Available at Greene Grape Provisions, 753 Fulton St at South Portland Ave, Fort Greene, Brooklyn (718-233-2700). $8.59.

  • Photograph: Hannah Mattix

    Babushka pepper mill

    Babushka Pepper Mill Designed after Russian nesting dolls, this flame-red pepper grinder will add style to a worthy recipient's kitchen table. Available at amazon.com. $29.72.

Photograph: Hannah Mattix

Agro Dolce

Agrodolce Master Stock Last year's hot pantry item was Taste #5 Umami Paste, and this season it's all about this versatile Chinese stock. The flavor base---made with soy sauce, rice vinegar and a blend of spices, including ginger, Szechuan peppercorns and star anise---is a boon for busy cooks, who can use it to flavor soups, stews or braises with just one ingredient. Available at Greene Grape Provisions, 753 Fulton St at South Portland Ave, Fort Greene, Brooklyn (718-233-2700). $8.59.

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