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Polder Original All-In-One Timer/Thermometer, reviewed

Polder Thermometer

The most difficult part of cooking a turkey is that it is very difficult to tell when the bird is done cooking. A turkey is so large – although the same idea applies to many other kinds and cuts of meat, as well – that it is difficult to maneuver in and out of the oven to re-check the temperature of the leg meat. Fortunately, ... Read More »

Fox Run Pie Saver

Fox Run Pie Saver

Leftover pie is not the easiest dessert to store. Cakes can be tucked away in a cake carrier and cookies can be stacked in a small storage box or ziploc bag. Pies require a lot of space, either in the freezer or on the countertop, and can be quite messy if they start to lose their shape once you’ve served a slice or two. Now, ... Read More »

What kind of pie plate is the best?

Pie plate stack

Pie plates are usually made of one of three materials: metal, ceramic or glass. Metal pie pans range from thin, disposable aluminum pans that might come with a store-bought graham cracker crust to heavy duty steel pans. Glass pie pans, which includes Pyrex brand plates, and ceramic pans are typically thicker and heavier than metal pans. There are so many pie plates to choose from, ... Read More »

What is a pie crust shield?

Pie Shield

A pie crust shield is a baking tool that covers the outer edge of a pie to keep it from over-browning or burning while the pie bakes. You can make one yourself by gently folding a piece of aluminum foil over the outside edge of a pie plate, but the advantage of the pre-made shield is that you never have to fuss with a hot ... Read More »

Emile Henri Artisan Ruffle Pie Dish, reviewed

Artisan Ruffle Pie Dish

Emile Henri is a French brand that has been known for their ceramic bakeware since the 1850s. Their products usually have a distinct look and come in array of bright colors, thanks to the shiny glazes that they use to finish their pieces. Their Artisan Ruffle Pie Dish, which is available at Williams Sonoma, caught my eye recently and I decided that I had to ... Read More »

Nordic Ware Harvest Bites Cakelette Pan

Harvest Bites Cakelette Pan

The seasonal Harvest Bites Cakelette Pan from Nordic Ware is a fun pan for fall entertaining. The heavy duty, nonstick pan bakes up two dozen miniature cakes in classic autumn shapes at one time. The shapes include pumpkins, walnuts, pinecones, and acorns. Each cakelet is about the size of a mini muffin cavity, so the baking time and the amount of batter that you’ll need ... Read More »

Nordic Ware Pumpkin Loaf Pan

Nordic Ware Pumpkin Loaf Pan

Just about every year, Nordic Ware releases a new pumpkin-themed pan for the fall baking season. Once the air starts to get a chill in it, people are much more likely to turn on their ovens and put them to work – and there are plenty of foodie holidays that provide occasions for all that baking, too. This new Pumpkin Loaf Pan features a trio ... Read More »

Wilton Mini Coffin Cake Pan

Coffin Cake Pan

Wilton definitely knows what they’re doing when it comes to shaped cake pans. They always have fun, seasonal pans that aren’t too expensive that allow you to make some really creative cakes. Out of all of the pans that they have put out this season, I think that this Coffin Cake Pan just might be my favorite. The nonstick pan bakes six coffin-shaped cakes. Each ... Read More »

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