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Gingerbread Kids Apron & Mitt Set

Holiday Cupcake Contest

Any kind of cookie can be a Christmas cookie if you bake it during December, but the most Christmasy cookies are the kind that are cut out with cookie cutters and decorated by hand, whether with frosting or with sprinkles and candy. The Christmas cookie season is one time of year when the whole family can get involved in the kitchen, largely because even the ... Read More »

Build-a-Bear Cake Pan

Build-a-Bear Cakes

I admit that I didn’t know much about the Build-a-Bear workshop until the last year or so, when I met some kids who were big fans. It’s a cute concept: a store where kids can design custom teddy bears. If I wasn’t already familiar with the place, I would never have associated the Build-A-Bear Workshop Cake Pan with the chain of stores and would simply ... Read More »

Mini Holiday Loaf Pan

Mini Holiday Loaf Pan

Mini loaves of homemade breads and cakes make great holiday gifts. Individually wrapped, they can be a great little treat for a friend, and when packaged up together, they can be part of a lovely holiday basket to be enjoyed by a group. Little loaves of gingerbread and banana bread (or banana gingerbread, as the case may be) can be a little plain looking for ... Read More »

Fresh Box to keep baked goods fresher

Fresh Box

It’s always a good idea to keep baked goods stored in an airtight container to keep them as fresh as possible. An airtight container will keep cakes and breads from drying out and getting stale, extending the life of the food for at least a few days (and sometimes much longer). But unless you have baked goods with long shelf lives, such as biscotti, on ... Read More »

3D Turkey Cake Pan

3D Turkey Cake Pan

Nothing can quite take the place of a full sized roast turkey at the center of the Thanksgiving table, but I’ll give a close second to Nordicware’s 3D Turkey Cake Pan, which produces a beautiful turkey cake that stands almost as high as a real turkey will. The cake is baked in two halves, and when each half has cooled, they can be stood up ... Read More »

Trongs

Trongs probably won’t become the next spork, despite the strangely catchy name, but they are an interesting little foodie accessory that fills a little gap in the food world. Trongs are the “world’s first fully functional finger-food utensil.” They are alien-like three-pronged finger covers made of flexible plastic. You slip your thumb and first two fingers inside the pockets of the trong and use it ... Read More »

How to choose a roasting pan

Mauviel Roasting Pan

A crowd-feeding turkey is the biggest thing that some of us cook during the year, and that often means that we need special cookware to accommodate its size and shape, while most oven-roasted meats and vegetables do just fine in smaller and shallower pans. A roasting pan should be big and fairly deep, about 3-4 inches, to hold all the drippings from your roast and ... Read More »

Soup and Cracker Mug

Soup and Cracker Mug

I often have soup in a large coffee mug when I’m eating by myself. I do it partially because I like how easy the handle makes it to hold the soup, but primarily because it’s very convenient to fill the mug up and stick it in the microwave. If I have bread or crackers with the soup, I usually stick them on a separate plate. ... Read More »

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