Habañeros in the hood

At Greensgrow Community Kitchen in Kensington, fall is hot-sauce season. Habañeros are seeded, de-ribbed, and stored in brine in the summer, then tempered with carrots and onions for a slightly milder heat. Buy the popular Flaming Habañero sauce alone or as part of a limited-edition Hot Sauce Trio (with Cayenne and Island-Style Peach, which incorporates local peaches and jerk spices) in a $15 holiday gift pack.

- Samantha Melamed
 
Hot Sauce From the Hood, $4.50 at Greensgrow Farms, 2501 Cumberland St., Philadelphia, 215-427-2702.

Celebrate the season

Trade in your standard morning coffee cup and turn up the holiday cheer by sipping something warm from this festive mug. Also makes a lovely hostess gift. Or fill it with candy canes or a small poinsettia for a creative centerpiece. Microwave- and dishwasher-safe, so you can make good use of it all through the holiday season.

- Alexandra Jaffe
 
Set of two mugs, $20, at Kitchenette, 117 S. 12th St., 215-829-4949.