The rule for accurately determining the level of the ingredients in a transparent measuring cup is to bend down and look through at eye level ― effective but awkward. Now OXO Good Grips (800/545-4411 or www.oxo.com) has taken the bending out of measuring with its new 2-cup angled measure. An ingeniously positioned scale, with markings for cup and milliliter units, spirals up the interior of the container, to be read just by looking down. The measuring cup is available for about $7 in most cookware and hardware stores. One caution, though: The unit is made of plastic that can't take the heat of chores like melting butter in a microwave oven.