Crust Issues: There is no way to reinvent the frozen pizza. It is for children, overworked adults or hungover college students who would eat leaves to fill their stomachs. Yet Dr. Oetker Ristorante pizza ($4.49-$5.99, Giant) isn’t the soggy, chewy mess you’re used to heating up. In varieties such as spinaci, mozzarella or four-cheese quattro formaggi, the pie stays crispy and thin after a trip to your oven. It ain’t Napoli, but that’d take longer than 30 minutes to get to.
Art of the Rub: Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of Jeff Koons, the contemporary artist who makes giant balloon objects out of steel, selling them for millions of dollars. (We know. Life’s unfair.) You can still afford to indulge in one of his works, in the form of Kiehl’s Jeff Koons’ Limited Edition Creme de Corps ($47) with its Balloon Flower topper ($50, 3110 M St., NW; 202-333-5101). It’s literally a modern twist on skin care.
Maker’s Mark: Everyone’s a crafter these days, including your Mom (quilts with Jon Stewart’s face stitched on them) and your cubicle mate (carved fruit statues he sells on Etsy). But “Weekend Handmade” ($28, Stewart, Tabori & Chang) presents simple projects for the glue-gun and table saw-impaired, such as wall art made of stitched-together vintage photos, and coasters cut from bingo cards.
By Katherine Boyle and Jennifer Barger