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Nordic Ware Mini Skull Cakelet Pan

Nordic Ware Halloween Mini Skull Cakelet Pan

Halloween is a holiday that brings out some of the most interesting shaped pans that you’ll see all year. I attribute this, in part, to the fact that some images are so intertwined with Halloween celebrations, such as jack o’ lanterns, ghosts, witches and skulls. These images tend to pop up over and over again, getting improved on and refined until we end up with ... Read More »

Betty Crocker Maple Bacon and Candy Corn Frostings, reviewed

Betty Crocker Maple Bacon Frosting

There are all kinds of seasonal candies on the market, but candies aren’t the only products that get a seasonal twist. Almost everything in the baking aisle – from sprinkles to cake mixes – changes to suit the seasons and give you some alternatives to plain vanilla and rainbow sprinkles for every time of year. That said, I was surprised when I saw two new ... Read More »

Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter Cookies

Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter Cookies

The blend of spices that is used in pumpkin pie spice includes cinnamon, ginger and cloves. It is a staple for almost all pumpkin baked goods, including pumpkin pies, and shows up in a wide variety of other fall goodies, as well. Fall was definitely around long before pumpkin pie spice was, however pumpkin pie spice is always a sign of the season as far ... Read More »

Jif Whips Pumpkin Pie Spice, reviewed

Jif Whips Pumpkin Pie Spice

As soon as September hits, I start to get into fall baking mode. That means that I start to stock up on pumpkin products and that pumpkin pie spice starts to appear in more of my recipes. Just as I notice s’mores goodies more often during the summer, I really keep my eyes peeled for pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice goodies in the fall. This ... Read More »

Pumpkin Spice Raisin Buns

Pumpkin Spice Raisin Buns

I don’t always do a lot of bread baking during the summer, when it is hot outside and I don’t want to run the oven for long periods of time, but I start right back up again as soon as fall begins. The cooler, crisp autumn air just begs to be filled with aromas of warm spices and yeast breads. You can easily hit both ... Read More »

Magimix by Robot-Coupe Food Processor, reviewed

Magimix by Robot-Coupe Food Processor

A food processor is a great tool to have in the kitchen that sometimes gets overshadowed by stand mixers, which have become iincreasingly visible over the past several years. Food processors might not be quite as glamorous at first glance – though I would argue that this one in particular looks pretty good – but they can handle a tremendous number of functions if you ... Read More »

What is Allspice?

What is Allspice?

Allspice, contrary to the sound of the name, is one single spice, not a blend of “all spices”. Allspice is the dried berry of the evergreen pimento tree, which is native to the West Indies and South American. The berry is also known as a Jamaica pepper, as Jamaica provides most of the world’s supply of allspice. The dried berries are dark brown and look ... Read More »

Calvados Ice Cream

Calvados Ice Cream

Calvados is an apple brandy that is frequently called for in recipes that use apples, such as apple tarts and cakes, because it provides a way to boost the apple flavor of a recipe. The spirit starts with fresh apples, which are pressed into juice and fermented into a hard cider. That cider is then distilled and aged in oak casks for about two years ... Read More »

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