13 Dec

From the South of Australia, a Bottle of Liquid Gold

Yellingbo, a nature reserve in southern Australia, is adjacent to olive groves that Howard Meltzer planted more than 10 years ago. Mr. Meltzer and his son, Jeremy, are now selling Yellingbo Gold oils from the 2006 harvest that will hold their own when drizzled on fish or vegetables. The unfiltered black label Limited Release version has more pronounced fruitiness.
Both are kosher. The regular oil is $17.99 and the Limited Release is $19.99 for 16.75 ounces at Whole Foods; at Citarella the regular is $16.99 and the Limited Release $19.99. The Limited Release is $25 at worldsfoods.com. Five percent of the profits are donated to the Jasmine Foundation, which helps children orphaned in the tsunami in 2004. The Meltzers were among the founders.

From the Freezer, an Unexpected Star for the Holidays and Beyond

Francesco Realmuto, a former diamond-cutter, opened a gelato stand, L’Arte del Gelato, in the Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Avenue (15th Street), about six months ago. Now, in addition to vibrant sorbets (including irresistible pomegranate) and suavely creamy gelatos (like cherry-vanilla and pistachio), he is making party cakes. The star for the season, below, combines eggnog gelato with dark chocolate and costs $28 to serve 6, or $39 to serve 10.

There are also terrine-shaped decorated semifreddos in various flavors, including tiramisù. The cakes and semifreddos have to be ordered a day in advance. Scoops of sorbetto and gelato start at $3.75, pints are $9.50: (212) 366-0570.

Silicone Strikes Again: Bowl Lids Fit Many Sizes

Here is a clever way to cover leftovers: translucent silicone lids by Kuhn-Rikon and Silicone Zone that fit various size bowls and containers. When pressed into place, these lids form a gentle vacuum seal that keeps the food fresher. They are sturdy enough to allow containers to be stacked and can also be used as trivets.

The Kuhn-Rikon model, in rounds from 8 to 12½ inches in diameter, $13.95 to $19.95 at cooking.com, has a metal rim. Those by Silicone Zone, $11 to $25.99 for rounds from 6 inches, and including an oblong 9 by 13 inches, come in colors and are sold at Art of Cooking in Greenwich Village, Brooklyn Kitchen in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and at cookwareessentials.com.

Delicious to Look at, in a Midtown Gallery

Charles Jones, a gardener and photographer who worked in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, created stunning photographs of vegetables and flowers. Through Jan. 13, 29 of his gelatin silver prints, the largest exhibit of his work in this country, are on display at Howard Greenberg Gallery, 41 East 57th Street, (212) 334-0010; it is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you find you have to own one, they cost from $7,000 to $20,000 each.

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