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Saturday, May 26, 2007 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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4 things we dig

These adorable porcelain markers — shaped as cows, sheep and goats — identify the appropriate cheeses so your dinner guests don't have to guess. Comes with a washable ink pen and a set of six cheese markers.

$14.99. www.amazon.com

The Mouse Cheese Grater by Boston Warehouse shreds and stores cheddar. The dishwasher-safe set includes a grater and storage cover that snap onto the bottom of the mouse-shaped holder.

$9.99. www.theparagon.com

Seattle printmaker Lisa Pettit creates whimsical prints of all things wine-related as well as flowers, animals, boats, musicians and bicycles. She illustrates in pen and ink, and prints original etchings, linocuts and monotypes on a hand-operated press. $50-$300. www.lisapettitdesigns.com

This beautiful tapered-edge slate cheese board provides a natural cutting surface, perfect for writing cheese names with chalk. Simply wipe clean with a damp cloth. Comes with a box of chalk and two playful knives.

$69. www.vivaterra.com

Compiled by Colleen McBrinn, digs editor. Mouse photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times. Cheese marker photo by Bob Fila / Chicago Tribune. Other photos courtesy of Lisa Pettit Designs and VivaTerra. Judy Averill, digs senior desk editor, contributed to this report.

Copyright © 2007 The Seattle Times Company

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