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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 »

NordicWare Filled Cupcakes Pan, reviewed

Nordic Ware Filled Cupcake Cupcake

NordicWare’s Filled Cupcakes Pan is easily one of the most fun looking pans I’ve played with in quite some time. The pan has a very unusual concept because it lets you bake both the bottom and the top of a cupcake out of cake (where the top would usually be just frosting) and puts a small cavity in the middle for adding some filling. You ... Read More »

“Will You Measure Me?” Ring Spoons

Diamond Ring Measuring Spoons

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend and these diamond ring measuring spoons are a baking girl’s best friend – or, at least, a more affordable way to bring a few new diamonds into your life. The spoon set is actually called Will You Measure Me and they do make a cute gift if you want to propose to someone special that you want to do ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated rates Food Processors

Food processors are an undervalued kitchen appliance, something that many of us think of as a tool for little more than chopping. They can actually be used for everything from making homemade peanut butter to whipping up cake batter and even kneading pizza dough. Cook’s Illustrated tested seven models in a recent issue to see which were up to the task and which didn’t make ... Read More »

Nordic Ware Funny Face Treat Pan

Funny Face Pan

Once in a while, I spot a pan that really makes me smile and Nordic Ware’s Funny Face Treat Pan is one of them. This pan bakes 12 muffin top-sized treats and prints a variety of funny faces and cute phrases onto them. It’s almost like getting conversation hearts in the form of baked goods! The pan can be used to bake cookies, brownies, cakes, ... Read More »

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