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Pumpkin Gutter

Pumpkin Gutter

I love carving pumpkins around Halloween. The carving itself is a lot of fun and it is very rewarding to see your work light up for the first time. The least fun part of carving pumpkins is gutting them. Pumpkins are sticky and messy on the inside, and while it is a lot of fun to play with that goop when you’re a kid (and ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

Round Sandwich Cookie Pan

Wilton Sandwich Cookie Pan

Homemade sandwich cookies are a real treat, but they’re not the easiest type of cookie to make. Not only to they require both a cookie dough and a filling of some kind, but those cookie rounds need to match up perfectly to make your cookies look as good as they taste. There are a couple of ways of getting those cookie rounds to be the ... Read More »

Chef’n Cakewalk Cake Decorating Kit

Chef'n Cakewalk Cake Decorating Kit

You need some basic tools when you are decorating cakes. While you can get by with nothing more than an offset spatula if you need to, it makes your job a lot easier and give you a lot more decorating options if you have some pastry tips, piping bags and a turntable. The pastry tips and bags allow you not only to add finishing touches ... Read More »

Ice Cream Parlor Mixing Set

Ice Cream Parlor Mixing Set

There are two types of ice cream shops. At one, you can get a couple of scoops in the bowl or cone of your choice. In the other, ice cream scoopers knead your ice cream on a marble slab, incorporating fruits, candies and other mix-ins, to create a custom ice cream flavor before transferring it to your bowl or cone. You really can’t go wrong ... Read More »

Wilton Cake Leveler

Wilton Cake Leveler

Leveling cakes is one of the trickiest tasks in baking. Leveling a cake, also known as torting a cake, is the process of cutting a thicker cake into several even layers that can be filled and restacked to form a finished dessert. To level a cake, you usually need a large serrated knife, a very steady hand and a lot of practice to ensure that ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated Rates Mixing Bowls

Cook's Illustrated Rates Mixing Bowls

Mixing bowls just might be the most important tool in the kitchen, especially if you’re a baker. All the spatulas, whisks and spoons in the world are awfully difficult to use if you don’t have a good bowl for mixing your ingredients! Mixing bowls are important, but most of us don’t pay all that much attention to the function of a mixing bowl in the ... Read More »

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