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CR picks new “must-have” kitchen gadgets

Gadgets

There are new kitchen gadgets coming out all the time. Improvements – or changes, at the very least – are made to kitchen staples like graters and can openers. New materials are added, designs are streamlined and bright colors enhance old fashioned looks. Many of these new and improved gadgets are touted as “must haves” and at Consumer Reports (February 2012), they wanted to determine ... Read More »

Fusionbrands StirStiks

Stirstiks

They may look like something that you’d keep in the garage for blending paint colors, but colorful Fusionbrands StirStiks are actually a nifty little kitchen tool. These silicone-coated nylon sticks are truly a multipurpose item to add to your kitchen collection. They can be used for stirring, spreading, mixing dough, just to name a few things, and it is their simple shape that gives them ... Read More »

Kaiser Bakeware Braided Bread Mold

Kaiser Braided Loaf Pan

Breads can be baked in rectangular pans, shaped into round boules, divided into dinner rolls or braided into long, elegant loaves. Often, shaping the bread is one thing that intimidates people and keeps them from baking bread in their own kitchens. Working bread dough with your hands is one of the most fun parts of breadmaking, even if it can get a little bit messy ... Read More »

NordicWare Gingerbread Loaf Pan, reviewed

NordicWare Gingerbread Loaf Pan

Gingerbread is usually one of those cakes that tastes a lot better than it looks. The dark molasses-colored cake, whether baked in a loaf pan or in another type of cake pan, tends not to be quite as pretty to the eye as, for instance, a brown golden sponge cake. Fortunately, that dark coloring hints at the rich flavor and spices inside every bite of ... Read More »

M-Cups and M-Spoons Giveaway!

M-Cups and M-Spoons Giveaway!

M-Cups are a very unusual set of measuring cups designed by Fred Studios. These cups have a design inspired by matroyshka dolls, also known as Russian nesting dolls. The traditional dolls – typically made of wood, but here made of food-grade plastic – split in two at the “waist” and open to reveal another, smaller, doll inside. Fred’s M-Cups are shaped like the traditional dolls ... Read More »

Chicago Metallic Gingerbread Man Pan

Chicago Metallic Gingerbread Man Pan

When I set out to make Gingerbread Men around the holidays, I have a set of cookie cutters that I use to help me get that classic gingerbread man shape into my cookie dough. Chicago Metallic is making things a little easier with their Gingerbread Man Pan. The nonstick pan bakes six large gingerbread men, streamlining the gingerbread man creation process by eliminating the need ... Read More »

DoneRight 5-in-1 Kitchen Timer

DoneRight Timer

The DoneRight Kitchen Timer is a nifty little gadget that allows you to keep track of everything that you’re cooking and baking in your oven all at the same time. The timer looks like a miniature range and has five different digital timers built into it: one for each of the burners and one for the oven. This design – aside from being cute – ... Read More »

Stump de Noel Cake Pan

Stump de Noel

A Bûche de Noël is a cake that is traditionally served around Christmas. It’s a roulade – or jelly roll – type cake – that is frosted with chocolate frosting or ganache and decorated to look like a yule log, complete with meringue marshmallows. They’re fun cakes to prepare and, with all that chocolate and the rather elaborate presentation, they’re always a hit when they’re ... Read More »

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