If a rum drink, comfy chair and sandy beach were the story line to a country song, it would have to be one sung byKenny Chesney. The superstar performer has just launched his own line of liquor, called Blue Chair Bay Rum. Chesney’s rum comes in White, Coconut and Coconut Spiced flavors, and he’s offering refreshing cocktail recipes with fun names such as Sixth Gear With Nowhere to Steer, Pile Up and Island Girl for when you’re ready to slip into weekend mode. Buy it: $17.99-$18.99 for 750 ml; widely available (go to bluechairbayrum.com/where-to-buy for availability).
Coconut meets its match.
Makes 1 serving
1½ ounce Blue Chair Bay Coconut
1 ounce orange juice
1 ounce pineapple juice
2 ounce lemon-lime soda
Instructions: Build ingredients directly into tall glass with ice. Stir and flirt.
Bumble Bee Tuna
Bumble Bee’s new line of albacore tuna mixes the canned seafood with gourmet flavors: Chipotle and Olive Oil, Sundried Tomatoes and Olie Oil and Jalapeños and Olive Oil. Chef Scott Leibfried (from Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Kitchen Nightmares”) has signed on to promote the flavors and offer wine pairings. For example, he recommends pairing the chipotle variety with sangria, Spanish cheeses and a plate of olives, piquillo peppers or a tapenade. Buy it: $2.49 per 5-ounce can; widely available.
PaperChef cupcake and muffin liners
If you like the flavor you get cooking “en papillote” – and tossing around the name of a French product or technique makes everything sound fancier – then you’ll want to try PaperChef’s new line of cupcake and muffin liners. We tested the Tulip Cups with chocolate cupcakes, and the treats peeled right out. The liners’ dramatic edging made the desserts seem prepared with a little extra fuss. Buy it: $3.49 for a box of 10 baking bags, $3.79 for a box of 12 Tulip or Lotus liners; at Kroger, Whole Foods, HEB and Central Market.
Betty Crocker Gluten-Free mixes
Do gluten-free products – especially baked goods – not live up to expectations? Then you’ll likely be pleased with Betty Crocker’s new gluten-free mixes. We tried the sugar-cookie mix, and not only did our gluten-averse tasters give it a thumbs-up, but so did the rest of the crowd, unaware it was blended for folks with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. The only downside, hardly worth mentioning, is that the cookies were a little more crumbly than standard sugar cookies. You can find recipes for expanding the mixes’ use at bettycrocker.com/glutenfree. Buy it: $4.45 for the Sugar Cookie Mix, $3.75 for a pound of the All-Purpose Gluten Free Rice Flour Blend; widely available.
Dinner just got little easier and more healthful with Jennie-O’s Turkey Breast Steaks (seasoned or not) and Jalapeño Jack Turkey Burgers. A garlic-and-red-pepper-spice blend flavors the super-lean breast steaks, and the jalapeño seasoning and Monterey jack cheese add a spicy-cool balanced vibe to the all-white-meat burgers. Buy it: $7.99 for a 16- to 24-ounce package of turkey-breast steaks or $9.99 for a package of six 1/3 -pound burgers; widely available.