■ This crème brulée brownie mix ramps up the decadence factor of the classic dessert. Just add water, 4 eggs (really) and 1 1/2 sticks of butter (well, why not?). Makes enough for a 9-by-13-inch pan.
$6 at Mission Fresh Produce, 6102 Johnson Drive, Mission, 913-236-5128
Serious chopping block
■ A solid, thick hardwood cutting board is a serious cook’s best friend. Scott McBurney of Lee’s Summit makes decorative and functional ones in various sizes. Pictured is a 14-by-22-inch board of walnut, ash and beech.
$88 at Mash Handmade, 3900A Pennsylvania Ave., 816-960-7000, www.mashhandmade.com
Taste of home
■ Congregation Kol Ami has published a cookbook of traditional family recipes ranging from noodle kugel to stuffed cabbage to mandel bread.
$15 at the synagogue, 7501 Belinder Ave., Prairie Village, 913-642-9000, www.kolamikc.com