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Flag Pie Crust Cutter

Flag Pie Crust Cutter

Pies are wonderful desserts for the Fourth of July – not because pies themselves are naturally patriotic, but because July is a summer month that is bursting with all kinds of seasonal fruits and berries that are perfect for pie-making. I enjoy classics like traditional apple pie, as well as more colorful combinations like Strawberry Apple and Blackberry Raspberry Pie. When I’m baking for a ... Read More »

West Bend Snowball Machine

West Bend Snowball Machine

Few things are as refreshing as a snow cone on a hot day. The icy treat is designed to cool you down – and tantalize your tastebuds at the same time, since the finely shaved ice is drizzled with flavored syrups. Even the best syrups (and pure maple syrup is one of the easiest and most delicious to use) won’t do you much good if ... Read More »

Ateco Muffin Pan Brush

Ateco Muffin Pan Brush

Even though you usually insert paper liners into them when baking, muffin pans are notoriously difficult to clean. Muffin and cupcake batters inevitably overflow onto the top of the pan, and drips of batter have ways of working themselves down into the bottom corners of each cup. When baking without paper liners, you typically have twice as many crumbs clinging to the pan. A good ... Read More »

Wilton Cupcake Cone Baking Rack

Wilton Cupcake Cone Baking Rack

I don’t remember whose birthday it was, as it was many years ago, but I do remember the first time I was served a cupcake cone. Cupcake cones are cupcakes that are baked in ice cream cones, which have a neat combination of flavors and textures, as well as many fun decorating possibilities. The cupcakes are usually made using plain “cake” cones, which have flat ... Read More »

Cook’s Country Tests Potholders

Cook's Country Tests Potholders

Potholders are a basic piece of kitchen equipment that we all have in our kitchens and use every day. They don’t get a lot of attention, since they’re not nearly as glamorous as a shiny stand mixer, but we just them for everything from taking cookies out of the oven to removing lids from hot pans. A basic potholder is a terrycloth square (or just ... Read More »

Cook’s Cuff

Cook's Cuff

When I’m in the kitchen, I sometimes find myself consulting conversion tables to double check my measurements, especially when I am scaling recipes up and down for different serving sizes. How make teaspoons are in a quarter cup? How many cups are in a quart? The Cook’s Cuff is a lovely piece of jewelry that has some real utility to it – in addition to ... Read More »

The Dipr

The Dipr

One of my favorite after school snacks growing up was cookies and milk. I would dunk all kinds of cookies in milk, letting the milk soften part of the cookie so that I could get both the soft portion and the crispy/chewy portion in my mouth in one single bite. I would dunk cookies in cold milk during the summer and hot chocolate in the ... Read More »

Egg Separating Whisk

Egg Separating Whisk

Separating eggs is one task that almost every home cook or baker will need to do at some point. Eggs must be separated so that you can use the yolks in custardy desserts, like panna cottas, and the whites in airier creations, such as angel food cake and souffles. Even if you don’t bake that much, you’ll probably make an egg white omelette or two ... Read More »

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