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Autumn Leaf Pie Crust Cutter

Autumn Leaf Pie Crust Cutter

A beautifully decorated pie crust can turn a good dessert into a memorable one. You can improve the look of your pies by carefully fluting the crust, or by using small cutouts to add some flair to the top of the pastry. It typically takes a bit of practice to turn out a perfect looking pie, but the results are worth the wait. If you ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated Tests Offset Spatulas

Cook's Illustrated Tests Offset Spatulas

I find that people – myself included – do not always put as much time as they should into selecting spatulas for their kitchen. Many people assume that a spatula is a spatula is a spatula, only to discover (perhaps after melting a spatula or a spatula handle) that not all spatulas are created equal. The same is true of offset spatulas. These angled spatulas ... Read More »

DIY Girl Scout Cookies with the Girl Scouts Cookie Oven

the Girl Scout Cookie Oven

I have been an advocate of skipping the annual cookie sale and baking your own Girl Scout cookies at home for many years now (and donating money to local troops). It seems that the Girl Scouts have finally realized that there are more than just a handful of people out there interested in making their own cookies, since a Girl Scouts Cookie Oven has recently ... Read More »

Mrs. Fields Silicone Scoop N’ Cut Cookie Tool

Mrs. Fields Silicone Scoop N' Cut Cookie Tool

Nothing looks better than a plate of freshly baked, homemade cookies – except for cookies that are all perfectly round and picture-perfect. It can be difficult to get all your cookies to come out the same size and shape, but using a scooping tool will really help make the finished cookies look better, as well as make the dough-scooping process go a lot faster. The ... Read More »

Nordic Ware Leaf Bundt Pan

Nordic Ware Leaf Bundt Pan

Anyone with an appreciation for the outdoors is sure to get a kick out of┬áNordic Ware’s Leaf Bundt Pan. The pan has the same capacity as the company’s standard pans, but with a unique nature-inspired look to it. Though the pan is roughly the same shape as the traditional bundt pan, it looks as though it has been draped with leaves of varying shapes and ... Read More »

Stoneware Bundt Baking Dish

Stoneware Bundt Baking Dish

If you have a bundt pan in your kitchen, it is probably one made out of cast aluminum that was produced by Nordic Ware. The bundt pan was invented by H. David Dalquist, the founder of Nordic Ware, which has produced well over 50 million pans to date. The signature ring shape of a bundt pan isn’t limited to metal, however, and there are other ... Read More »

Cooks Illustrated Tests Large-Batch Ice Cream Makers

Cooks Illustrated Tests Large-Batch Ice Cream Makers

Most ice cream makers intended for use in the home are fairly compact. They are designed not only to churn up delicious ice creams, but to be convenient to store when not in use. They generally churn 1 to 1 1/2 quarts of ice cream at a time. This amount is fine, given that most ice cream recipes (including my own!) are scaled to meet ... Read More »

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