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The Israeli company Monkey Business is known for useful products with playful designs — an orange peeler shaped like a leaf, animal wine bottle corkers, little monkeys that act as kitchen hooks. Among a series of items the company offers that mimic pasta (a ravioli spoon rest; a penne garlic peeler) are the handy Mafaldine elastic silicone bands. Shaped like the ribbon pasta with wavy edges, the stretchy bands secure opened bags of cereal, beans, or grains. Use them to bundle vegetables as well ($8 to $10 for a pack of six). Thick and sturdy, they elevate the rubber band, Italian style. Available at Eataly, Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston, 617-807-7300, or go to www.monkeybusiness
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ANN TRIEGER KURLAND