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Cook’s Illustrated rates Blenders

Vitamix and Breville Blenders

I recently lost my regular blender when the motor burned out as I made a batch of iced coffee drinks on a hot weekend afternoon. I had to scrap the blended coffee drinks for the day, of course, but not having a working blender also meant that I wasn’t able to make my favorite blender waffle recipe until it was replaced. I haven’t picked out ... Read More »

Wilton Donut Hole Pan

Donut Hole Pan

You’ve seen donut pans in different shapes and sizes, and even if you don’t have one of these nifty pans in your kitchen yet, you have definitely seen them used on different food blogs to make baked donuts. The nonstick pans have ring-shaped cavities that let you bake something donut shaped without having to deep fry anything. Now, Wilton has come up with a Donut ... Read More »

Wilton Mini Whoopie Pie Pan

Mini Whoopie Pie Pan

Over the past few years, as whoopie pies have become more popular, whoopie pie pans have become increasingly common. These pans have shallow cavities that allow you to easily shape the cookie portions of your whoopie pies to ensure that they are always the same size and will create a good-looking finished product. A Mini Whoopie Pie Pan, like this one from Wilton, does the ... Read More »

Do-It-Yourself Cookie Cutter Kit

Cookie Cutter Set

The idea of a Do-It-Yourself Cookie Cutter Kit may sound a bit silly at first, because most cookie cutters allow you to “do it yourself” and punch out cookie dough in a variety of shapes and sizes. What makes this kit unique is that it allows you to do so many different things with your cookie dough when it comes to punching out shapes and ... Read More »

Hamilton Beach FastPop Gourmet Pop Maker, reviewed

Ice Pops!

Popsicle lovers have all probably seen the Zoku Quick Pop maker by now, a neat gadget that churns out multiple batches of popsicles in a very short period of time. The pop maker is pricey, and so are the accessory sets that are available for it. It gets great reviews, but the cost might not make it worth the investment unless you really love your ... Read More »

Pumpkin Cake Pop Pan

Pumpkin Cake Pop Pan

Cake pops are usually made by mixing up cake and frosting together, into a dense and truffle-like ball. The frosting helps the cake pops hold their shape, while the cake gives them body, and everything is simply blended together in a bowl before the cake pops are shaped by hand. Some bakeware manufacturers are looking to make the cake pop-making process easier and less messy ... Read More »

Ice Cream Cone Cupcake Baking Rack

Ice Cream Cone Baking Rack

If you’ve been to a few kids’ birthday parties or more than a handful of bake sales in the past several years – or longer, as I remember first trying this in the 90s – you’ve probably seen cupcakes baked in ice cream cones. This is a really cute way to serve cupcakes, turning them into ice cream cone look-a-likes that are always a hit ... Read More »

What is an immersion blender?

Immersion Blender

An immersion blender is a handheld kitchen appliance that allows you to blend or puree foods in the container that you are preparing them in. For instance, you can puree a soup directly in the pot you’re cooking it it, rather than transferring it in small batches to a food processor or blender to puree. You can use an immersion blender to blend a one-person ... Read More »

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