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This story begins in the Catskills, where I enjoyed a beautiful plate of raw spaghetti and meatballs at a health spa. The tender strands of pasta were made of zucchini, sliced into long ribbons and tossed with a fresh tomato sauce. Filled with culinary inspiration, I have been passively on the hunt for the tool to recreate the zucchini pasta. Fast forward to Saveur Test Kitchen, where a few of my colleagues were looking at the new Microplane Spiral Cutter with confusion. While they were unsure of what this pencil sharpener-like gadget was for, I had the realization that with two slicing barrels of different sizes, this cutter was for creating spirals of vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers, and of course, zucchini. Though my excitement may havebeen too high for the situation, it was all worth it when I brought the product home to make a rivaling zucchini pasta for dinner. Since then, I have learned that spiral cut vegetables make a great addition to salads and stir-fries, as well as incredibly unique garnishesfor any dish. The microplane Spiral Cutter will provide a new boost to anyone’s culinary motivation and plating aesthetics.

Microplane Spiral Cutter, $14.95 at amazon.com

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