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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 »

Square Shovel Measuring Spoons

Square Shovel Measuring Spoons

I wasn’t skilled at building sand castles when I was little, but I did have an awesome, brightly-colored, plastic shovel and bucket set that I happily used to transform sand into vaguely mountainous structures. This set of Square Measuring Spoons with Long Handles brings back those memories because they look just like that shovel set I had, even down to the shape of the scoops! ... Read More »

The best inexpensive stand mixers

Kitchen Aid Classic Plus

A mixer is a crucial tool to have in the kitchen, especially if you do a lot of baking. They are so efficient at whipping egg whites and mixing dough that the it’s almost crazy to try to do everything strictly by hand (or with a whisk) all the time. A hand mixer is a great tool – not too expensive and it gets the ... Read More »

Acorn Cakelet Pan

Acorn Cakelet Pan

Acorns are not plentiful in my neck of the woods. There is a walnut tree near my year, so around this time of year I notice an upsurge in the number of squirrels attempting to bury things in my yard, however. I picture this pan as being a kind of  homage to nut-gathering animals everywhere. The Acorn Cakelet Pan makes 18 mini muffin-sized cakes shaped ... Read More »

World Series Baking Gear

The Philadelphia Phillies are ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays 3-to-1 so far in the World Series, with game five scheduled for later tonight. The Rays might make a comeback and hang in for at least another game. The Phillies might knock one – or more – out of the park and end up taking the pennant home. No matter who you want to win, ... Read More »

Why you need a cake cover

Airtight containers are idea for storing baked goods and keeping them fresh. They keep moisture in and unwanted things out. And when I say unwanted things, I include nosy pets that can’t resist trying to taste your cake when your back is turned. Plastic wrap will keep moisture in your baked goods, too, but you can’t beat a good sturdy cake cover for resilience in ... Read More »

Spiderweb Tiered Cake Stand

Spiderweb Tiered Cake Stand

If you bake on a regular basis, you probably already have one full-sized cake stand at home for serving and storing cakes. Cupcakes usually require more room than a regular cake, but often fit on a regular cake stand for presentation purposes. If you’re hosting a big group and serving more than a dozen cupcakes, you’re going to need a little more space to showcase ... Read More »

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