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Cook’s Illustrated Tests Ice Cream Scoops

Cook's Illustrated Rates Ice Cream Scoops

Ice cream scoops are a must-have kitchen tool for ice cream lovers – and ice cream cookbook authors. Unfortunately, ice cream scoops do not always work out exactly as advertised. Over the years, I’ve had all kinds of ice cream scoops that ranged from very traditional designs to high-tech spoons that required all kinds of preheating to provide the perfect scoop. In this month’s Issue ... Read More »

Chef’n Looseleaf Herb Stripper

Chef’n Looseleaf Herb Stripper

Fresh herbs and greens are wonderful ingredients to use in the kitchen. They’re aromatic and can really bring a lot of flavor to your dish. When working with fresh herbs, the leaves of the herbs typically have to be stripped off of their stems before you can add them into a dish or chop them up because the stems are not quite as delicious (and ... Read More »

Chef’n Pastrio

Chef'n Pastrio

I have more than a few dough scrapers in my kitchen, and you probably should, too. I have a metal scraper that is good for getting every bit of pastry off of a hard surface, like a quartz countertop, and several plastic ones that are a better choice when I’m kneading dough on a silpat or even chopping up a head of lettuce for a ... Read More »

Pop Cuisine Measuring Set

Pop Cuisine Measuring Set

Bakers have to have good math skills because there is very little room for error with many baking recipes. Baking is definitely a science, where you have to be a little bit more precise with your measurements than a “pinch of this” or a “dash of that” – especially if you want to ensure that your recipes turn out perfectly time and time again. This ... Read More »

Williams-Sonoma Snack Bar Pan

Williams-Sonoma Snack Bar Pan

I enjoy making homemade granola bars and other snack bars, especially when I am planning a long hike, road trip or other activity where I need to have a good supply of snacks. I typically make the bars in large baking pans, then cut them down to the size that I need. This system works well, but anyone who has made a homemade granola bar ... Read More »

Wilton Four Layer Rectangular Cake Pan Set

Wilton Four Layer Rectangular Cake Pan Set

When I turn loaf cakes into layer cakes, I usually use a long, serrated knife to make long, horizontal cuts and divide the cake into multiple layers. It takes a bit of patience, as you need to hold your knife very steady to ensure that the layers are even and the cake doesn’t crumble to tear while you work. An alternative to working with a ... Read More »

Easter Egg Stamp Cookie Cutters

Easter Egg Stamp Cookie Cutters

Ever since I was a kid, I have always enjoyed decorating eggs for Easter. Easter eggs can be dyed, covered and colored in a huge variety of ways and I look forward to making at least one weekend out of the activity every year. In addition to eggs, I often decorate cookies and cakes for Easter and this set of Easter Egg Stamp Cookie Cutters caught ... Read More »

I Eight Sum Pi Dish

I Eight Sum Pi Dish

One common complaint about baking is that you have to do a lot of measuring to ensure that your recipes turn out perfectly. I have never personally found this to be a problem, but then again I was a bit of a math geek back in school. The fact that I always had a soft spot for math class is probably why I also have ... Read More »

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