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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 »

Wilton Waffle Dipper Pan

Wilton Waffle Dipper Pan

A freshly cooked waffle that is crisp on the outside and both moist and tender inside is one of the best breakfast foods that you can eat, especially if you happen to have a bottle of maple syrup ready to serve with it. The downside to making waffles at home is not that the processes is time consuming to make one waffle, it is that ... Read More »

KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment

KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment

The basic attachments for a KitchenAid mixer are a whisk, a paddle and a dough hook, all of which get regular use from home bakers baking anything from cupcakes to baguettes. KitchenAid actually makes a wide variety of different attachments for their stand mixers, and not all of them are just for baking. The KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment is one that turns your KitchenAid ... Read More »

RSVP Shuck Deluxe Corn Stripper

RSVP Shuck Deluxe Corn Stripper

There is nothing like fresh, sweet corn on the cob during the summer when it is at its peak. The corn is delicious as-is, with the cobs steamed or grilled and served piping hot. I also frequently take the corn off the cobs, adding it to salads and salsas, or to cornbreads and creamed corn. I usually cut corn off the cob with my chefs ... Read More »

Do I need an ice cream maker to make homemade ice cream?

Homemade Samoas Ice Cream

Homemade ice cream is truly a special dessert. They’re rich, creamy and can be customized with any flavor or mix-in that you can think of. And since ice cream is usually store-bought by most of us, it is very impressive to friends and family when you make your own. There are all kinds of ice cream makers on the market, from models that cost less ... Read More »

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