Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Product Placement Wednesday - Cold-FX

What is worse than a cold? A summer cold. When the sun is shining and the temperature is warm enough to make the pool your only friend, you do not want to be sitting inside with a nasty cold. Recently my good friend Hedy turned me on to a Canadian product that she swore would knock a cold out. The name of this miracle product? Cold-FX. Since we know that all really good drugs are not available in the US, I figured there must be a good chance she was right. What is even better about Cold-FX is that it is not actually a drug - the main ingredient is North American ginseng.

Last week I had the "good fortune" of trying Cold-FX for the first time. I found myself with a scratchy throat and gave their 3-2-1 regimen a try. The regimen is as follows: 3 pills the first day - 3 times a day, 2 pills the second day - 3 times a day, and 1 pill the third day - 3 times a day. While this did not completely eliminate my cold symptoms, I never got the full blown cold that usually shows up within days of the throat scratchiness. In fact, even my throat no longer bothered me after the first day which is never the case when I get sick. My symptoms were so minor that I had a hard time "taking it easy" while I recovered!

The dosage I took is usually used with the Extra Strength formula and must be take at the first sign of a cold or flu (I must admit - I actually waited too long to start and might have even seen better results had I started earlier). There is also a Daily Defense that is formulated to take every day like a vitamin in order to boost your immune system. This is actually the version I used with my cold so I can only imagine if I was using the Extra Strength. I think using the Daily Defense as suggested would be particularly helpful if you have small children since they bring every germ home like little Outbreak monkeys.

So if you don't live in Canada, where do you get this wonder non-drug? I have read that some Costco stores carry it but you can also order it on for Daily Defence and here for Extra Strength.

Once you try Cold-FX, be sure to let me know what you think!

Monday, June 27, 2011

The Bachelorette Dinner, Part 2

A couple of weeks ago, dinner for our weekly viewing of The Bachelorette had a theme that many of you are probably familiar with - leftovers! Amie and I both surveyed our kitchens and ended up with an amazing meal that required only the purchase of crackers.

Stuffed Yellow Squash
1 large yellow squash
1/4 tomato, diced
1/4 red onion
8 oz ground beef (we used the frozen Kobe burger from Trader Joe's but you can use any you like)
1/4 cup feta cheese (light or fat free is fine)

1. Cut yellow squash in half and hollow out each side. Discard inside of squash or save for another recipe.
2. Cook ground beef as desired. We were using a burger patty that had been cooked the day before so the only prep was to crumble.
3. Caramelize the onion using butter in a skillet.
4. Combine ground beef, tomato, and caramelized onion.
5. Stuff squash with beef and vegetable mixture.
6. Sprinkle with feta cheese.
7. Warm through in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes.

Serves 2

The stuffed squash could easily be made vegetarian by substituting a vegetable protein or even just additional vegetables.

Orzo and Vegetable Salad with Lemon Yogurt Vinaigrette
Please Note: Measurements are approximate.
1 cup orzo
1/3 cup carrots, diced
1/3 cup asparagus, chopped
1/3 cup green beans, chopped
1/3 cup English peas
1/8 cup pistachios, shelled
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
herbs de provence
1/2 lemon, juice only
2 tablespoons non-fat Greek yogurt
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

1. Prepare orzo according to package instructions.
2. Blanch carrots, asparagus, green beans & peas.
3. To make vinaigrette, whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, yogurt, and herbs de provence. Add salt and pepper to taste.
4. Combine orzo, vegetables, pistachios, and vinaigrette.

Serves A LOT. Can be kept refrigerated for several days.

We enjoyed our meal with an appetizer plate of leftover salami, sausage and cheese from Trader Joe's. This was accompanied by gherkins and Rosemary Raisin crackers also from Trader Joe's.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

It's Picnic Season!!!! - Part 2

As I mentioned last month, Cinespia was showing one of my favorite films of all time - Heathers!

For this screening, the food was done potluck style (well, organized potluck) with everyone bringing an item to share. Items included a gorgeous salad, many cheeses, fresh fruit, gourmet cupcakes in addition to the items below. We shared a picnic area with another group of friends who also brought a fabulous picnic so really we had more options than we knew what to do with!

Antipasto & Caprese Skewers
(Note: All ingredients are from Trader Joe's but similar items can be found at any market.)

1 8oz container ciliegine mozzarella, each piece cut in half (or fresh mozzarella cut into 1/2 cherry tomato sized pieces)
24 pieces of salami
1/2 roasted red pepper, approximate
24 kalamata olives, pitted
48 sugar plum (grape) tomatoes
4 basil leaves, approximate
balsamic reduction

Antipasto Skewers
1. Cut red pepper in to bite sized pieces large enough for your skewer.
2. Spear kalamata olive, folded piece of salami, red pepper and mozzarella onto skewer. Repeat for all 24 skewers.

Caprese Skewers
1. Tear or cut basil into appropriate sized pieces for skewers.
2. Spear tomato, basil and mozzarella onto skewer. Repeat for all 24 skewers.

Serve with balsamic reduction (click here for instructions).

Makes 48 skewers



Lentil Cashew Pate
(Note: This is a recipe created by my friend Katie. She can be quite the culinary wizard and just made this recipe up as she went. Heathers is known for such lines as "Great pate but I've got to motor if I'm going to be ready for that funeral." so pate was a must have for this event. With a lot of vegetarians in the house, this was an ideal option!)

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 medium onion, diced
1 cup cashews
1 cup lentils
1 tablespoon lemon juice
rosemary, salt, & pepper, to taste
apples, sliced

1. Heat olive oil in skillet and saute garlic and onions until lightly browned.
2. Place garlic and onion mixture, cashews, lentils and lemon juice into a food processor. Pulse until mixture is smooth yet is still retaining texture.
3. Add rosemary, salt & pepper to taste and lightly pulse to mix.
4. Serve with crackers and apple slices.

This event was perfect to use the Steady Sticks! Here is a (slightly overblown) action shot.

We still don't have the Table in a Bag but I am hoping to acquire one soon since they are currently on sale! This is the perfect picnic item for cemetery screenings.

The Bachelorette Dinner, Part 1

As you may recall, Amie and I love our Bachelor Monday dinners! Past dinners can be found here: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, & Week 8. With the new season of The Bachelorette in full and very annoying swing, we are back to our whipping up our weekly dinner delights! Due to schedule conflicts, we did not cook for a few of the first episodes and I am a week behind in posting as well. So without further ado, enjoy our most recent "recipes"!

A couple of notes about this week's dinner:

1. It it by far one of the easiest dinners we have made and it was so delicious!
2. It includes another great use for Greek yogurt as previously discussed.

Roasted Chicken Greek Pitas
1 package/2 patties Trader Joe's Roasted Chicken Patties (8oz of cooked chicken or other chicken patties can be substituted)
1 dozen cherry tomatoes
3 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
1 whole wheat pita
Homemade Tzatziki (recipe below)

1. Heat chicken patties per their instructions (I use the microwave) or prepare chicken as desired. Dice into cubes.
2. Slice whole wheat pita in half in order to make two "pockets".
3. Fill pita pockets with chicken, tomato and mint.
4. Serve with homemade tzatziki.

Homemade Tzatziki
1 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
juice from 1/2 a lemon
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small cucumber, diced
1 clove of garlic, minced
chopped mint, salt & pepper to taste

1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
2. Enjoy!

Sweet & Spicy Salad
2-3 handfuls Trader Joe's Wasabi Arugula
1/3 cup fat free feta
Trader Joe's Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar (regular champagne vinegar with a little orange juice would probably be a fine substitution)
Olive Oil

1. Combine wasabi arugula and feta in a bowl.
2. Whisk together vinegar, olive oil and a dash of salt.
3. Toss and serve.

We enjoyed our meal with an appetizer platter of meats, cheese, etc from Trader Joe's and The Cheese Store of Silverlake.

Even though these blog entries are not specifically about The Bachelorette, is it just us or do you all want to throttle Ashley too?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Product Placement Wednesday - Trader Joe's Peach Pops

First I know I need to apologize to my readers not in close proximity to a Trader Joe's. I'm sorry I continually tease you with products unavailable to you. I highly suggest that you utilize their handy store locater before you make any trips outside of your area in order to assist you in stocking up on the amazing items they offer. Really the best thing to do is to start writing Trader Joe's and requesting they open a new store in your neighborhood!

Back to this week's product! I love summer for so many reasons - one of which is that it's stone fruit season. Peaches, plums, crazy hybrids, etc are all readily available. My beloved Trader Joe's has just released a new delicious product that will allow you to combine those delicious peaches with a cooling summer treat - Peach Pops!

Peach Pops look similar to that summer favorite - Otter Pops. However, instead of being made out of sugar, water, food coloring & artificial flavor they are made from real fruit with no added sugar as well as no artificial flavor or color. When they say real fruit they mean it - these pops are basically chunks of fresh frozen peaches. At only 45 calories a pop, they are a great treat anytime!

If you are lucky enough to have a giant freezer in which to hoard food, I would suggest stocking up for the dark months of the year with peaches are scarce. Even though they are "pops" they can easily be enjoyed during the cooler months of the year. If slightly thawed out, these pops would also make a great topping for yogurt, ice cream or even oatmeal.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

You Shouldn’t Have! – The Wedding Edition

When writing my previous entry about becoming an amazing gift giver (and receiver), I had planned to include guidelines for wedding gifting. While many of the same principles apply, wedding gifting is a somewhat different animal and therefore deserves its own entry. This guide is based on feedback from many married couples as well as my fellow singles. Hopefully this will assist you (and those you know – in particular GUYS) in becoming a successful wedding gift giver (and receiver!). So just in time for wedding season here it is!

1. How Much Should I Spend On A Wedding Gift?

The Basic Guideline

There are a variety of opinions online regarding what the minimum that should be spent on a wedding gift. What those opinions don’t take into consideration is the multitude of exceptions that may occur. My basic guideline is that the value of the gift should be at least $50 and adjusted based on the following exceptions.

The Exceptions

  1. Your Financial Situation – If you are fortunate that you are able to give a more generous gift to the newlyweds, by all means do so. I am sure you can recall a time when you were more financially challenged and appreciated the generosity of others. On the flip side, if you barely have two nickels to rub together there are some alternatives which I will get to later in this entry.

  1. Your Relationship With The Couple – For close friends and family members it is always appropriate to be a bit more generous. It is rarely appropriate to be less generous no matter your relationship as the happy couple has hopefully they only invited their nearest and dearest.

  1. Number of Guests in Your Party – Are you a single guest or a family of four? There is no hard and fast rule as to how much more you should spend however it is appropriate to spend more if there are multiple people attending the wedding. Keep in mind that for each person invited the bride and groom are incurring additional costs. Yes, the amount they spend is their choice but keep in mind they were not under any obligation to invite your boyfriend/girlfriend or your children. Choose not to bring these additional guests? Then you are not under any obligation to gift additional as long as you did not RSVP for them.

  1. Location of Wedding – Are you traveling a great distance to the wedding? Some people I have spoken with feel that this negates the need to provide a gift. I disagree. If you are financially able, you should still adhere to the basic guideline and exceptions. If you are spending all of your available funds on travel expenses, you can always gift a bit after the actual wedding (more on the one year rule below) or if finances are particularly sticky check out the alternatives later in this entry.

  1. Not Attending the Wedding – The general rule is that regardless of your attendance at the wedding you are still obligated to send a gift. The ultimate value of that gift can vary but I agree that something should be given to congratulate the happy couple. Emily Post states the following exception: "...if you send invitations to casual acquaintances, business associates you don’t know well or people you haven’t seen in years and they do not attend the festivities, then gifts are not expected.” I somewhat disagree as it is appropriate at the very least to send a card or even a small token of congratulations.
  2. Cultural Considerations - Some cultures have very strict views on the subject of gift giving at weddings. I recommend that if you are attending a wedding that falls in this arena that it is advised to discuss any questions with an individual more familiar with these traditions.


  1. Cost of the Wedding – The idea of giving a wedding gift is to congratulate the bride and groom on making a lifetime commitment – not pay for your seat at their wedding. If that was the case, we should just buy tickets! Whether the couple is having a cake and punch reception in the church hall or a black tie affair at the Four Seasons, keep in mind the reason for your gift.

2. Don’t I Have A Year To Give A Gift?

The answer to this is simple – no. The “one year” rule has become an accepted guideline but unless there is a financial reason to wait to provide a gift it is considered bad form to wait that long. Also, it leaves the couple unsure if a gift was lost or if you chose not to send one. Best bet is to avoid the awkwardness and be as prompt as possible with your gift giving. If your gift will be delayed by a month or more after the wedding, it is best to bring a card with you to the actual wedding. You even may wish to include a note advising the couple that their gift is forthcoming.

3. Do I Really Need To Provide A Gift? I Heard It Is Not Mandatory?

No, it is not “mandatory” but Yes, you need to provide a gift even if it is a small gift. Honestly it is just inappropriate not to give anything.

4. My Budget Is Tight And I Cannot Spend $50 On A Gift. What Are Some Of The Alternatives You Mentioned?

If you are financially challenged or even just looking for an alternate gift to cash or registry items, the next best option is a bottle of champagne or sparkling wine. What is great about champagne or sparkling wine as an alternate gift is that not only is it appropriately festive for the occasion it also does not scream the value of the item as a gift card would do. You are able to give something fun and not look or feel like you cheaped out (well, unless you buy André or the like). While the couple does not have the option to return your gift, it is quite possibly the easiest item to regift.

The best place to shop is a wine specialty store that does a high volume of business. They will be educated in the options available in their store and are likely to have bottles from smaller vineyards that can provide a great value. I personally like K&L Wines as they offer a lot of direct imports that would be difficult to find elsewhere. Due to their large buying power, you can get a very high quality champagne or sparkling wine for well under $50.

Of course you can always still give cash, registry items, and non-registry items (with gift receipts) if you prefer.

5. So What Are The Best Types Of Gifts In General?

This is very simple – cash or registry items. As I mentioned above, if you plan to give a gift off registry (other than champagne) it is critical to give a gift receipt. Otherwise you may have ultimately wasted your money on an item that the couple can’t use.

6. Should I Bring The Gift With Me To The Wedding?

Unless you are bringing a card with a check inside, this should be avoided. At the end of the night there is so much chaos that not having to deal with a multitude of gifts is a gift itself for the newlyweds. Shipping the gift or hand delivering before or after the wedding is the ideal way to handle.

7. I Am Getting Married And I Thought You Said There Was Advice For Me Too?

Of course I did not forget about the soon-to-be-weds out there! Here are a few tips:

  1. A Robust Registry – Even if you had a very successful shower, be sure to have lots of options on your registry as the wedding date approaches. While you may prefer to receive cash (and many people will likely gift you accordingly), you will have guests that would prefer to give you an actual gift. Do not leave them to their own devices! Well, unless they have read this entry that is! If they are registry items you can always return them later.

  1. A Registry With a Variety of Price Points – This will also help eliminate guests going off registry due to lack of availability of affordable items. I have a friend that received a number of “holiday” items she did not register for as a gift. These items were clearly purchased at a post holiday sale approximately four months prior to her wedding. Obviously the gift giver was a on a tight budget and while affordable registry items may not have ultimately played a role, let this be a cautionary tale. The items were not attractive.

  1. Send Prompt Thank You Notes – Yes, this is often the dreaded wet blanket on your post wedding bliss – the abundance of thank you notes. However getting them out right away not only makes the gift giver feel appreciated but serves as a confirmation that the gift was received. With many gifts being shipped these days, you never know what could have gotten lost in the mail.

I hope that after reading this entry you feel well poised to tackle all of your wedding season gifting needs! If you feel that I missed anything, please feel free to comment below.

This entry is dedicated to Melissa, Katy and Jen (as well as their fiancĂ©es) – may you receive only the most thoughtful and lovely wedding gifts!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Product Placement Wednesday - Sur La Table® On-Ice Sectioned Appetizer Tray

As you know I am all about kicking off the summer with picnics! Last weekend my brother and sister-in-law were visiting and I did a little picnic with them. They enjoyed it so much that now they are all about planning more picnics themselves! Of course we are lucky in Los Angeles that it is lovely to picnic nearly all year. For those of you that are experiencing/will experience extreme temperatures this summer, today's item is perfect for you!

One of the tricky things about picnicking is how to keep cold items cold enough without keeping them locked away in a cooler. No one wants to eat warm ranch dip. Sur La Table® On-Ice Sectioned Appetizer Tray is the perfect solution! Keeping your food cold is very simple. Just fill the bottom tray with ice and place upper trays filled with food on top. With three divided food trays (6 total slots) and a 1 cup dip slot (which can be used for a variety of items besides dip), the possibilities are endless! Some options include, veggies & ranch, fresh fruit & yogurt dip, seafood & cocktail sauce, sushi & soy sauce, antipasto, or desserts.

Right now this item is on sale for just $27.96 down from $39.95!

Other similar products included in the photo above that may interest you are Condiments on Ice and the On-Ice Acrylic Sectioned Bowl. Both use the same principal as the Sectioned Appetizer Tray but their varied shapes allow for additional options for use. I like the Condiments on Ice for burger fixings as well as cocktail garnishes. The On-Ice Acrylic Sectioned Bowl is particularly great for salads of all kinds.

Each of these items are also currently on sale too! Now is the time to stock up on new products for the summer before the Christmas items arrive next month! :)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Product Placement Wednesday - Graeter's Ice Cream

So for my fabulous readers in Ohio (especially anyone from Cincinnati), Graeter's Ice Cream is old yet delicious news. Founded in 1870 in Cincinnati, OH, Graeter's is a family owned ice cream business that makes ice cream using the French Pot process. Here are some details from their site regarding this process:

Graeter’s has perfected our traditional French Pot process, making the world’s finest ice cream just two gallons at a time. It’s the only way to achieve the irresistible creaminess that is Graeter’s.

Our secret recipe of fresh cream and egg custard is gently swirled along the chilled sides of a slowly spinning French Pot Freezer. As the creamy blend thickens, a blade softly scrapes the sides of the pot, folding the ice cream into itself. Then we add the fresh ingredients to complete our unique flavors.

The gentle folding process prevents air from whipping into our ice cream and accounts for the extremely dense and creamy consistency. Where a typical pint of ice cream can weigh as little as 8 ounces, a Graeter’s pint weighs nearly a full pound! Graeter’s ice cream is so rich and creamy that we have to pack every pint by hand.

Graeter’s is famous for the massive chunks of chocolate found in our signature chip flavors. We
create these unique chips by pouring our own specially prepared liquid chocolate into the French Pot just as the ice cream is finishing. A paddle is then used to break up the frozen layer into the randomly sized chunks of chocolate.

You might be wondering if Graeter's has been around for so long and even Oprah raves about it why am I featuring it on Product Placement Wednesday? Of course because I have exciting news! Graeter's is now available in California! Apparently the squeaky wheel gets the grease as Los Angeles fans have been requesting it at Ralph's stores. Not to worry if you don't live in LA, it is available at other Ralph's stores in California too.

Don't live in California but want to get your Graeter's fix? Check out their seachable site here. If your town has a market owned by Kroger, you are in luck! If you live in Delaware, DC, Hawaii, Maine, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, or Vermont luck is not currently on your side. I would suggest begging your local stores to start carrying it or have it shipped directly from Graeter's.

If you have not tried Graeter's I say there is no time like the present. People are fanatics about this ice cream and there is a reason for it. I once helped plan a bar mitzvah and the family shipped about 20 pints in from Ohio. When the product was not delivered correctly and the ice cream was somewhat melty, Graeter's shipped an entirely new order free of charge. I heart good customer service.

Wondering which flavor to try first? I suggest one of the Signature Chip Flavors. Black Raspberry Chip is a little bit of heaven and like no other ice cream out there. That is my personal go to but having had the opportunity to sample a variety of flavors I can promise that there is not a bad apple in the bunch. They even offer sorbet for those that prefer a dairy free option.

Once you try it, let me know what your favorite flavors!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Worst. Date. Ever.

So most people have had a bad date now and again. I wouldn't say that all of my bad dates were a complete disaster but do I have some stories. Like the time we accidently set the bread basket on fire (actually that was the good part of that date), or when a date tried to monitor my food consumption by actually taking food off of my plate, or when a date joked that he put roofies in my drink while I was in the bathroom or when a date had to cancel because he checked himself in the psych ward. Good times.

I have had friends that have told me that I should write a book. After reading this article, my dates are really just amusing stories. These tales are truly horrifying. Enjoy!

What are your worst date stories? Remember you do not need to be a registered member to post a comment!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

It's Picnic Season!!!!

So it should be obvious by now that I love summer picnic season. Living in LA it is often nice enough to picnic year round but between Hollywood Bowl, Cinespia, and Malibu Wines there are lots of opportunities this time of year. Plus getting a group together to enjoy a fun activity along with your picnic makes it so much more fun!

This past Saturday we kicked off summer with a great evening at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery for the Cinespia screening of Vertigo. In an effort to keep things simple (and because I love to make food for a group), I assembled much of the base for our picnic with everyone bringing extra items to snack on. One thing I always find at the cemetery screenings - you will never go hungry!

Turkey, Goat Cheese, & Red Pepper Sandwich
(Note: All ingredients are from Trader Joe's but similar items can be found at any market.)

1 Kalamata Olive Loaf (or your favorite bread)
1 8oz Package Roasted Turkey Breast
2oz Goat Cheese (I used 2 1oz Fresh Goat Cheese Medallions)
5oz Roasted Red Peppers (approximate as I used about a 1/2 of a 12oz jar)
1/2 teaspoon Prepared Pesto (approximate)
1 teaspoon Non-Fat Greek Yogurt (approximate)

1. Slice olive loaf in half longways.
2. Spread the inside of both the top and bottom of the loaf with goat cheese.
3. Place entire package of turkey on bottom side of loaf on top of the goat cheese.
4. Place roasted red peppers on top of turkey. You want to create a layer of red pepper.
5. Mix prepared pesto and greek yogurt together. These quantities and ratios are approximate as you should make it to taste.
6. Spread pesto yogurt mixture on top side of the loaf on top of the goat cheese.
7. Close sandwich and cut into desired number of pieces (I cut mine into three pieces).
8. Add toothpicks if you wish to keep sandwich pieces together while moving to your picnic location.
9. I recommend packing in a plastic container to minimize damage but if that is not available wrapping in foil and keeping it at the top of your cooler is the next best option.



This salad is actually from Real Simple so I can't take credit for it. The link to the original recipe is above. I did make a few modifications and they are as follows:

  • Subtracted Honeydew (mostly because I am not a fan and it's also not available pre-cut at the market) and Added additional Watermelon and Cantaloupe.
  • Substituted Dorot Chopped Frozen Basil (frozen fresh) for the Fresh Basil (I can never go through an entire package of fresh basil before it goes bad!).



In addition to the above items, I also picked up the delicious Goat Cheese, Walnut, Red Bell Pepper Salad from Trader Joe's.

And if that still wasn't enough cheese, we also enjoyed Italian Truffle Cheese and what I believe was a Porter Cheese. As I mentioned there was tons more food including dessert (Powerberries) and wine!

Here we are sitting back and enjoying our wonderful picnic!

And a few photos of the film itself!

Can't wait to go back in a couple weeks for one of my favorite films of all time - Heathers!

For more fun picnic ideas, don't forget to check out my previous posts on the Table in a Bag & Steady Sticks!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Product Placement Wednesday - Steady Sticks

Keeping with last week's theme of picnic friendly items (as well as my next post), I am pleased to introduce you to Steady Sticks! Steady Sticks are stainless steel in-ground stakes that hold your wine glass. They are perfect for a picnic or even at the beach (don't forget to use a plastic wine glass like these). I am wishing we would have had them for last week's Cinespia cemetery screening of Vertigo. Let's just say that one of our picnic blankets is going to need a visit from a serious stain remover.

While the site above sells the Steady Sticks, I have found better pricing as follows: - $10.07 (available for Super Saver Shipping)

Also offered on Amazon, is the Steady Sticks holder for your wine bottle. This sells for $10.07 and is available for Super Saver Shipping too.

The best deal is the full set by True Fabrications. It is not officially "Steady Sticks" brand but you get two wine glass holders and the bottle holder. It is available via at is $14.99.