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Wednesday, May 14, 2008; 12:00 AM

- Grilled meats, fish and chicken need little more than a good, fruity chutney to accompany them on the plate, but the "Southern-style" chutneys made by the Virginia Chutney Co. of Washington, Va., are also good for instant appetizers and salads, with cheeses and as add-ins for olive oil and yogurt marinades and glazes. They are fat-free, all natural and preservative-free. We especially liked the spicy plum flavor; others are rhubarb, mango, sweet peach and hot peach (with habanero chili pepper); 10-ounce jars. Available for $8.50 at Cowgirl Creamery, 919 F St. NW (202-393-6880), $6.99 at Whole Foods Markets and $7.50 online at www.virginiachutney.com.

- The DoneRight timer is a cute kitchen gadget that can come in handy when the cook and all burners are occupied. Each of the four-inch-square timer's alarms -- one for the oven, four for the burners -- lights up and sounds off; time can be added in one- and five-minute increments as needed. Comes in white (shown), black, red and silver; battery-powered, $29.99, available online through Amazon.com and www.target.com.


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