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Rice Cube, Appetizer Maker: Tools so square they’re hip


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• Square deal: Shape up savory and sweet foods in the Rice Cube, invented by Australian patent attorney Ross Patten for an appearance on MasterChef. We successfully cubed couscous, brownies and chilled compound butters. The cube also provides an easy way for young hands to craft homemade sushi. Its website,, has recipes and tips; $19.99 at

• Layered look: The Five-Minute Stackable Appetizer Maker from Architec works along the same lines as the Rice Cube, with greater possibilities. You can layer any combination of foods, using the tamper tool as you go. Slits make slicing a breeze. The four-piece set is available in black, blue and red; $19.99 at

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