1. Garlic press with scraper

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Skip the chopping with this stainless-steel number that presses whole unpeeled cloves so you don’t touch the raw garlic. $50, Rösle. New Preston Kitchen Goods, New Preston; newprestonkitchen.com; rosle.com

2. Globe teapot


Brew your favorite tea or coffee with this glazed-stoneware teapot. The slanted Nordic design and integrated lid ensures insulated, drip-free balance and stability. $88, Eva Solo. Mix Design Store, Guilford; evasolo.com

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3. Funky rock drink dispenser 

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Can be chilled to help keep wine and spirits cold. Granite stone with a real beach-stone handle. $135, Funky Rock Designs. Kitch, Olde Mistick Village, Mystic; funkyrockdesigns.com

4. Professional mandoline

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Perfect for transforming your veggies into interesting shapes and textures. Comes with four unique blades and an adjustment tool to switch safely between blades without removing parts. $59.95, PL8. Stonewall Kitchen, South Windsor; stonewallkitchen.com 

5. Beehive salt cellar and spoon


Handcrafted in Woodstock, Vermont, this shelter stoneware pottery keeps salt flakes fresh and dry. Oven, microwave and dishwasher safe. $69.95, Farmhouse Pottery. C.P. Farmhouse, Litchfield; cpfarmhouse.com; farmhousepottery.com

6. Molcajete (mortar and pestle)


Traditional Mexican version sculpted out of natural volcanic stone and used for making fresh salsa and guacamole. $58, RSVP. Kitchenworks, Litchfield

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