Get in shape for the big game
Cutters shaped like footballs and helmets make cookies that can be customized for whichever team you're rooting for (black and silver cookies -- why not?). A decorating kit has all the accessories -- decorating tips, pastry bags, food coloring and an icing spatula. (A baking hint: For cookies that really hold their shape, pop them in the refrigerator for a few minutes after they're cut and before putting them in the oven.)
Cookie cutters, $1 each, and Ateco Cookie Decorating Kit, $11.95, from Sur la Table.
Rolling made easier -- and more even
The Dobord makes rolling out pastry dough a snap. Simply adjust the sides of the board to the thickness you want. Put the dough in the middle of the board and then roll the pin over the dough. It also works great for pizza. The wooden board is about 15 1/2-inch square.
Dobord, $59.95, from Sur la Table stores.
-- Donna Deane