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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

- Having small packages of Cole's fish on hand can go a long way toward perpetual hors d'oeuvre preparedness. The fish, either farm-raised or wild-caught "with a conscience," tastes terrific and contains no preservatives or additives. We liked all the flavors: petite rainbow trout in escabeche sauce; mackerel, sardines and applewood-smoked trout, each packed in olive oil; Spanish mackerel and Portuguese sardines, both in a spicy piri-piri sauce; 3.2-ounce tins, $4.49; available at Whole Foods Markets and at My Organic Markets in College Park, Columbia, Frederick and Rockville; go to http://www.colestrout.com.

- Plates, platters and cutlery made in India from leaves of the Adaki palm tree may be the next big thing in biodegradable, compostable, disposable dinnerware. Their look is natural and rustic; the leaves are formed in heated molds, and the resulting products are waterproof and stain-resistant. They can be used in the microwave and the oven; we baked a poundcake in the "oval dish" size, as shown above. That size, roughly 8 1/2 by 4 inches, is sold in 100-count packs for $80, but 25-count packs are available. To see the produce line, go to http://www.eco-visionusa.com; for prices, e-mail info@eco-visionusa.com.


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