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Odd Size Measuring Spoons

Most measuring spoon sets have just four spoons: 1/4 tsp, 1/2 tsp, 1 tsp and 1 tbsp. With these four spoons, you can get done all the measuring you need to do for most recipes. That said, there are plenty of times when you might end up with a measurement that doesn’t fit neatly into one of these sizes. For instance, an old recipe might ... Read More »

G&S Design Lollipop Cake Pan

G&S Design Lollipop Cake Pan

Popsicle-style cake pans – or pans that make small, flat cakes that can easily be skewered with a popsicle stick for a whimsical presentation of a cupcake – seem to be popping up all over the place lately. I’ve seen heart-shaped caksicles in addition to the classic popsicle-shaped Caksicle. The G&S Design Lollipop Cake Pan is a new spring-themed pan of the same type. The ... Read More »

Celtic Knot Shortbread Pan

Celtic Knot Shortbread Pan

Buttery shortbread can seem a bit plain when you compare it to cookies loaded up with chocolate chips, nuts and other goodies. I’ll take it any way it comes, because I am a big fan of shortbread when it is good, but it is worth noting that there are plenty of ways to dress up this relatively simple cookie. One way is to bake it ... Read More »

Take the Cake Cake Server

Take the Cake Cake Server

When it comes to kitchen gadgets, do you put function over form? As much as I like a good-looking kitchen tool, I have to admit that I would choose a simpler tool over a decorative one. You don’t have to make that choice with the good-looking Take the Cake Cake Server, which is beautiful and still very functional. The server is made out of a ... Read More »

Dial-a-Slice Fruit Corer and Wedger

Dial-a-Slice Fruit Corer and Wedger

The most time consuming part of making an apple pie is prepping the fruit. The apples need to be cored, peeled and sliced – and when you’re talking about 6 or more apples, that turns into quite a bit of work! This is the reason that tools like fruit wedgers exist, to make it even easier to slice up those apples (or any similar sized ... Read More »

CR rates hand mixers

I have had my trusty KitchenAid hand mixer for more than a few years. In fact, I actually don’t remember when I first got it, only that it has help up very well and works well. This is a good testament to the longevity of my model, but hand mixers can actually vary a lot in size, power and their ability to get the job ... Read More »

Cake Pan Gripper

Cake Pan Gripper

Some cake pans and baking dishes have handles that make them easy to slide out of the oven when the baking time for your cake, casserole or other dish is up. Other pans have virtually no edge beyond a thin roll of metal at the top of the pan. It can be very difficult to get a good grip on these pans when pulling them ... Read More »

Choosing a ramekin for creme brilee

Creme Brulee Dishes

I use regular 6-oz ramekins when I make creme brulee. I like to have a high custard-to-crust ratio and I have two full sets of ramekins at home that I use for a variety of things besides creme brulee, like souffles. If you go to a kitchen supply store, however, you’ll see that they sell large, shallow ramekins that are often called creme brulee dishes. ... Read More »

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