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Tovolo Rocket Pop Molds

Tovolo Rocket Pop Molds

Some of my favorite memories of elementary school involve going to the park after getting picked up, finding an ice cream truck and buying red, white and blue rocket-shaped popsicles. The colors sold me on those pops, but the rocket ships shape was what made them memorable. Tovolo makes popsicle molds in all kinds of shapes – including that classic rocket ship shape, so you ... Read More »

VillaWare Prego Pizzelle Baker, reviewed

VillaWare Prego Pizzelle Baker

When it comes to buying specialty appliances, there are a couple of things to take into consideration on top of how well the gadget works: how expensive it is and how much you’ll use it. A single-use gadget (a “unitasker”) is not that practical, but if you’re going to get a lot of use out of it, it’s often worth it. That said, when the ... Read More »

CI tests mini prep bowls

When I first started watching cooking shows on TV, the first thing that I noticed that those cooks/chefs used lots of small prep bowls. I tended to chop things as I worked, when I needed them. This was especially true if I was making something like vegetable soup and there was no need to rush to get all the ingredients into the pot in a ... Read More »

Do I need a strawberry huller?

  A strawberry huller is a little tool that is designed to remove the hull – the leafy top and white-ish center “plug” – of a strawberry before you eat it. Unless you’re eating berries by hand and tossing away the hulls one-by-one (or dipping them in chocolate and need a “handle”), you’re going to want to remove the hulls before using the berries. They ... Read More »

Classic Cars Sweet Rides Cupcake Pan

Classic Cars Sweet Rides Cupcakes

Looking at this cupcake pan, I can’t help but think of the board game Battleship, where a bunch of boats are packed together in a rather haphazard way, waiting to be blown up by your opponent.  I’ve played a version of the game with cars instead of boats, which is why the car lineup here looks so familiar to me. Memories of board games aside, ... Read More »

The Great Cupcake Pan

The Great Cupcake Pan

I must have had my mind on cupcakes after hearing about the world record setting cupcake the other day, because when I walked into Williams-Sonoma this week, one of the first things that my eye was drawn to was Nordicware’s Great Cupcake Pan. This pan is pretty new and seems to be another take on the Giant Cupcake Pan made by Wilton, which has been ... Read More »

Aloha Bundt Cake Pan

Aloha Bundt Cake Pan

Maybe it’s because I’m a fan of pineapple, but the Aloha Bundt Cake Pan made me smile the first time I saw it. The pan is from Nordicware and is made up of six small pineapple shapes that form into a ring. The pan is made of heavy duty cast aluminum and has a 10-cup capacity as well as a nonstick finish. The pan has ... Read More »

Mario Batali Chianti Pizza Stone

If you don’t have a super-hot pizza oven installed in your kitchen, it’s hard to achieve that pizzeria-quality pizza because most regular ovens can’t achieve that type of temperature. On top of that, they don’t have a stone floor on which to place the pizza. The problem of the stone is easily solved with a pizza stone, which holds a lot of heat and simulates ... Read More »

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