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Nordicware Heritage Bundt Pan, reviewed

Heritage Bundt

Since I first saw Nordicware’s Heritage Bundt Pan at a Williams-Sonoma store over two years ago, I’ve wanted one. I don’t have an extensive collection of bundt pans – although I wouldn’t mind it – just because they’re fairly large and I generally try to wait until I have a bit of extra storage space before adding a new one to my kitchen. I made ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated Tests Oven Thermometers


An oven thermometer is a crucial tool for any baker because ovens aren’t always that reliable. Not only can they easily be off by 5-10 degrees – especially if they have never been recalibrated – but the simple act of opening the oven door can release enough heat to impact the time your cake will need to finish baking. An oven thermometer will give you ... Read More »

Bella Cucina Mini Cupcake Maker, reviewed

Mini Cupcakes in the making

It is easy to say that all you need to make miniature cupcakes is a mini muffin pan. But this isn’t strictly true, because you also need a well equipped kitchen, baking ingredients, paper liners and frosting to really produce a good miniature cupcake. To most of us, these are things that we already have in our kitchens. But for those who are less well ... Read More »

Cook’s Country rates Cake Carriers

A good cake carrier is something that every home baker should have. The name suggests that they’re just for transporting cakes from point A to point B – and they are – but they’re also great airtight containers for storing everything from layer cakes to cookies even when keeping the goodies just around your house. A cake carrier should have plenty of room for even ... Read More »

Wilton Gingerbread House Cookie Mold

Wilton® Gingerbread Cookie Mold

Everyone loves to see an elaborate gingerbread house on display over the holidays, but not everyone wants to get out there and put one together. It’s not that they’re so difficult to bake, just that they’re time consuming and many of us are simply too rushed around the holidays. On one hand, that might be the perfect reason to slow down and bake a gingerbread ... Read More »

Oven Mitt Apron

Oven Mitt Apron

Aprons are good for many things. For instance, they are good for helping you keep splashes of food off of your clothes while you’re cooking, giving you quick place to wipe flour off your hands and, if they have pockets, a place to stash a whisk, microplane or can opener until you need it. In the Oven Mitt Apron, classic aprons get a new functionality, ... Read More »

Cupcake Keys


I have a set of Cookeys, Oreo cookie-shaped plastic key covers. They’re cute, food-related and certainly make my keys easy to spot. I’ve noticed that more and more key covers are coming out, both food related and not. I’ve seen donuts and robots, but this set of Cupcake Key Covers jumped out at me as being just about as cute as my sandwich cookie set. ... Read More »

Nordicware Snowman Loaf Cake Pan

Nordicware Snowman Pan

I must be the changing weather that is getting me into the holiday spirit already, because as soon as I saw this Snowman Cake Pan from Nordicware, it brought a smile to my face. The pan is about the size of an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch loaf pan, which means that it holds about 5 cups of batter in it, so you can ... Read More »

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