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Chefn Bananza Slicer

Chefn Bananza Slicer

One of the reasons that I bake banana bread and other banana recipes so often is that bananas are one of my favorite fruits and I always have them in the house. I put them on cereal, in oatmeal, in fruit salads and baked goods. I never really though that bananas were a difficult fruit to work with, and that is probably why I never ... Read More »

Breville Personal Pie Maker

The Personal Pie

There are counterop appliances that will cook waffles for us, grill our paninis and even bake mini cupcakes – why not add an appliance that will bake up some pies to the collection? The Breville Personal Pie Maker is a countertop gadget that bakes four individually sized pies at a time in just about 10 minutes. Pie-making doesn’t get any quicker or easier than that. ... Read More »

Branch Skewers

Branch Skewers

When you think about roasting hot dogs or marshmallows over an open fire, as you might do on a camping trip, you probably picture someone holding a rustic looking stick with which they have skewered their goodies. I know that this is what I picture, probably due in large part to what I saw on cartoons as a kid. On those cartoons, there would almost ... Read More »

Oven-to-Table Stacking Bakeware

Oven to Table Stacking Bakeware

Even if you have a very large oven, sometimes it just doesn’t seem like there is enough space in there to bake everything that you want to bake. This is particularly true around holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, where many of us entertain large groups of family and friends for holiday dinners, but can be true any time of year that you are having guests ... Read More »

Nordic Ware Hungry Animals Cake and Ice Cream Pan

Hungry Animals Cake and Ice Cream Pan

The fun shapes of Nordic Ware’s Hungry Animals Cake and Ice Cream Pan are what initially caught my eye when I saw it. The heavy duty cast aluminum pan bakes five adorable mini cakes in the shape of an elephant, a monkey, a lion, a hippopotamus and a crocodile. The animals aren’t “the big five” that most safari-goers hope to see, but I did see ... Read More »

Emile Henry Flame Top Pizza Stone

Pizza Stone on the Grill

Baking stones are large pieces of stoneware that are designed to help turn your regular oven into an oven that is perfect for baking bread or pizza. The stoneware retains a lot of heat that will cook and tey transfer heat directly to the bottom of your bread – resulting in a better, crispier crust than you could achieve by putting your dough on a ... Read More »

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 »

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