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What is a bench scraper?

Bench Scraper

A bench scraper is one of my favorite tools to have around the kitchen. It’s not something that will steal the spotlight from a shiny stand mixer, but it is something that comes in handy a lot when you work with breads and pastries. A bench scraper a rectangular tool that is used to scrape work surfaces clean in the kitchen. Although there are plastic ... Read More »

Wilton 3D Skull Pan

Wilton 3D Skull pan

Ghosts, jack o’ lanterns, witches and skeletons all say Halloween, and as far as baking pans go, not many of them say it louder than Wilton ‘s 3D Skull Pan, which will create quite the centerpiece if you’re looking for a creepy cake to make this Halloween. The pan bakes a well proportioned skull that grins up at your from its place on the serving ... Read More »

Fall Icon Cakelet Pan

Fall Cakelet Pan

There are many symbols of fall, from brightly colored falling leaves to freshly baked apple pies, which makes it easy to decorate your house or table for the season. It also makes it easy for cake pan manufacturers to come up with inspired designs that are absolutely perfect for celebrating the autumn season, like the Fall Icon Cakelet Pan. This pan has 24 mini cupcake-sized ... Read More »

The Camera Lens Mug

The Camera Lens Mug

This is another post for foodies who like photography, hot on the heels of my quick review of The Food Stylist’s Handbook. It’s The Camera Lens Mug, which is one of the only ways I’ve ever seen photography and food literally combined. The mug is not made out of a real lens – which is good, because that would bump the price way up and ... Read More »

Origami Napkins

origami napkins

When I go out to eat, it’s about the food – first and foremost. But once you have good food there are plenty of other things to appreciate about a nice restaurant including the decor and the service. One of those little things that I happen to like is when restaurants do pretty or inventive folds with their napkins, primarily because as a child this ... Read More »

Duet Bundt Pan

Duet Bundts

The only thing better than one bundt cake is two bundt cakes, mostly because the designs of those lovely round pans put out cakes that are as wonderful to look at as they are to eat. I’m probably not the only baker who has more than one bundt pan in the pantry, and the only problem is choosing which one to use for a given ... Read More »

Pumpkin Pie Pie Pan

Pumpkin Pie Pie Plate

I’m a big fan of pumpkin pie and make them quite often throughout the fall. A good, homemade pie with a good, homemade crust is tough to beat, but I think there is one way that you could improve the design: a pumpkin-shaped pie pan. This Pumpkin Pie Pan is about the same size as a regular 9-inch pie pan, but with enough flair to ... Read More »

Harvest Classic Baking Mold

harvest classic pan

While it’s nice to see elaborately shaped pans creating intricate masterpieces out of cake around the holidays, as the Cornucopia Bundt Pan does, it can also be nice to see pans that are a little bit simpler but still get the job done well. Nordic Ware’s Harvest Classic Baking Mold is just such a pan and it is easy to love the look of its ... Read More »

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