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Branch out with these twig skewers

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Kebabs on the barbecue, the ultimate quick supper, offer an endless combination of ingredients, beginning with morsels of meat and poultry, fish, veggies, and fruits. But wooden skewers come off the grill and they’re usually burnt at both ends, not exactly attractive on the table. Cast-iron Twig Skewers from Charcoal Companion ($9.95 to $10.95 for a set of 4) are stylish 12-inch rods, which indeed look like twigs, have a non-stick surface, and a nub, like a branch, at one end, which keeps food from slipping off. There was a time when people cooked food on real branches, which this imitates. Since cast iron distributes heat evenly, you can be sure the kebabs are cooking your food inside as they char on the outside. These twigs get super hot, so keep a kitchen mitt nearby. Available at KitchenWares by Blackstones, 215 Newbury St., Boston, 857-366-4237; Kitchen Outfitters, 342 Great Rd., Acton, 978- 263-1955; Eurostoves, 45 Enon St., Beverly, 978-232-0007.

ANN TRIEGER KURLAND

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