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Kuhn Rikon Watermelon Knife

Sliced Watermelon

I usually use a big, sharp chefs knife to cut juicy slices of watermelon when it comes into season. They tend to be my sharpest knives and, while occasionally it does take a moment to get purchase on the slick melon rind, they do a good job of slicing in the end. I certainly didn’t need to add a knife specifically for cutting watermelon to ... Read More »

What is a pastry blender?

Pastry Blender

Biscuits, pie crusts and other flaky baked goods often call for butter to be rubbed in or cut in to the flour mixture. This means that the butter should be broken up into small pieces, but not completely incorporated, into the dough. There are several ways of doing this. The first, and most traditional, way is by literally rubbing the butter in with your fingertips, ... Read More »

NordicWare Ice Cream Cone Cupcake Pan

Ice Cream Cone Cupcake Pan

Ice cream cake is a great summertime dessert. They’re no-fuss treats that can be prepared well in advance (as long as you have some extra room in your freezer!) and are very impressive when you bring them out to serve, as most people think of ice cream cakes as something you can only get at a store. If you don’t want to make a whole ... Read More »

Retro Arcade Cake Pan

Retro Arcade Cake Pan

I’m sure that I wasn’t the only one who spent a fair amount of time in the 1980s playing games like Pong, Space Invaders and Pacman. After all, there were no food blogs around at the time to follow and I had do to something to pass the time! It must be nostalgia that makes this Retro Arcade Cake Pan so appealing, then, because you ... Read More »

5 Great Baking Gifts for Mother’s Day

Mother's Day Ideas

Mother’s Day is not always the most personalized holiday. A bouquet of flowers and a card, along with a trip out to brunch or dinner, is generally the extent of the celebrations. Flowers are always nice, of course, but what is even nicer is getting Mom a gift that she can really use and enjoy. For instance, The Baking Bites Cookbook is a great Mother’s ... Read More »

What is an egg topper?

Egg topper at work

Years ago, I was watching an episode of the original Japanese Iron Chef and was amazed to see one of the chefs cut the top of an eggshell off, cleanly, with a knife and then use the eggshell as a serving cup. I had seen eggshells used as serving cups on occasion before then, but the ease with which he sliced it off made a ... Read More »

Stuffed Cornbread Pan

Stuffed Cornbread Pan

When I add mix-ins to cornbread, such as whole kernels of sweet corn or diced up peppers, I usually just stir them right into the cornbread batter in exactly the same way I would do if I were adding blueberries to a muffin batter. I’ve visited a few restaurants, however, that had stuffed cornbread on the menu. This type of cornbread usually comes in muffin-sized ... Read More »

Honeycomb Cake Pan

Honeycomb Cake Pan

Honeycomb is one of the most beautiful patterns that you can see in nature, and the fact that it is filled with delicious honey makes it even more appealing. It was the inspiration for NordicWare’s newest specialty pan, a Honeycomb Cake Pan. Made of nonstick cast aluminum, the heavy duty pan produces a simple, but elegant, honeycomb patterned cake. The pan has a 10-cup capacity, ... Read More »

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