For me, the best part of a pasta meal is sprinkling (or completely covering) my dish with Parmesan cheese. Most hand-held paddle graters produce a coarse shaving, but with the new Microplane Elite Paddle Grater's unique star design, you get a light, snowflake-like powder—perfect for melting cheese all over your food. The new curved design allows for better contact, and the cover doubles as a measuring cup, attaching at the back, catching and measuring the cheese as you grate. While the star design is perfect for hard cheeses and spices, the Elite grater is also available with extra coarse, fine, and ribbon blades, suiting a wide range of your kitchen needs.
_ Microplane Elite Paddle Grater, $16.95 at Williams-Sonoma_