From chocolate shops to restaurants, artisanal flavored caramel is all the rage. Enjoy its panache at home with this delectable sauce. Enhanced with lavender and fleur de sel, it's delicious over cakes, ice cream, and other desserts. Before giving it as a gift, dress up the jar with lavender sprigs to hint at the unexpected floral essence within.
Korean cucumbers, which are available at Asian markets, look like long, thin Persian cucumbers. Pickled, they have a wonderful crunch. To fast-track the process, you can blanch and brine the cucumbers twice a day -- once in the morning and again in the evening.