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Nutmeg Mill

Nutmeg grater

Spices are at their best when they are fresh. I find that this is especially true of nutmeg, a spice that is often called for in baking in only small amounts. Its delicate, peppery flavor begins to dissipate shortly after it has been grated and you won’t get the same result with previously ground nutmeg. Whole nutmegs are easy to find in most grocery and ... Read More »

Star of David Cupcake Pan

Star of David Cupcake Pan

The Star of David is an easily recognized symbol of Judaism, so what better way to present a dessert at a Hanukkah party than with a cake baked in the shape of that six-pointed star? A silicone Star of David Cupcake Pan bakes six small cakes, each the size of a large cupcake, in the shape of the Star of David. The details of the ... Read More »

Message-in-a-Cookie Holiday Cookie Cutters

Message-in-a-Cookie Holiday Cookie Cutters

Homemade cookies make a great holiday gift, whether you’re visiting friends or family, attending a big party or an intimate dinner. Pair the cookies with a nice holiday card and you have a very complete and thoughtful gift. When I noticed Williams-Sonoma’s Message-in-a-Cookie Holiday Cookie Cutters, I realized that these cutters will actually allow you to combine the holiday greeting that comes inside of a ... Read More »

Snowy Village Cakelet Pan

Snowy Village Cake Pan

Gingerbread houses may have some competition this year for edible Christmas decorations. Williams Sonoma has just released a new, limited edition Snowy Village Cakelet Pan for the season. The pan bakes up six small cakes in the shapes of show-covered fairytale homes. The cast-iron pan is made by NordicWare (as are just about all of Williams Sonoma’s special edition pans), so it’s a heavy-weight pan. ... Read More »

Bone Chilling Ice Cubes

Bone Chilling Ice Cubes

One of the first food-related, creepy Halloween things that I learned to make was a big ice hand to float in a bowl of punch. You make this by filling up a latex (rubber or similar) glove with water, tying it off like a water balloon and freezing it, then peeling the glove away when you’re ready to use the ice hand. It looks neat ... Read More »

Jack o Lantern Cupcake Pans

While pumpkins fit perfectly into Halloween just as they are, jack o’ lanterns have an even more perfect fit because Halloween is really the only holiday where the carved pumpkins are showcased. There are lots of pumpkin-shaped baking pans, like the Pumpkin Patch Pan and the Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake Pan, but there aren’t a whole lot of pans that incorporate the jack o’ lantern face ... Read More »

Bloody Evidence Chef’s Knife

Bloody Evidence Chef's Knife

Platefuls of Halloween baked goods and buckets of Halloween candy aren’t the only things that you can keep around the kitchen as you get into the spirit of Halloween. Something like a Bloody Evidence Chef’s Knife is both a scary, funny and useful prop that you can add to the knife rack. The knife is a real chef’s knife with fired-on blood spatter that will ... Read More »

Wilton Mini Pumpkin and Ghost Pan

Wilton Mini Pumpkin and Ghost Pan

Shaped pans mean that you don’t need to spend a lot of time decorating your baked goods, since they already come out in a holiday-ready shape. This is certainly true of Wilton’s Mini Pumpkin and Ghost Pan which¬† bakes up a half-dozen mini-muffin sized pumpkin and ghost shapes for Halloween. The pan itself is nonstick and, though both the pumpkin and ghost have some facial ... Read More »

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