Category Archives: Gear and Gadgets

Heritage Bundt Pan

It’s not until you see the finished product from Nordicware’s Heritage Bunt pan that you realize how gorgeous it really is. The pan itself is nice, but not that impressive. The finished cake comes out with sharp lines, forming a swirling design that is reminiscent of a very geometric flower bud. It is also slightly reminiscent of a kugelhopf pan. Kugelhopf is a type of ... Read More »

Summer BBQ USB Drives

It’s always handy to have an external memory source on hand when you do a lot of work on the computer, and there is no reason that that memory source needs to be dull or plain. I’ve mentioned Freshly Baked USBs before, which are portable USB memory sticks that are shaped like tiny baked goods. Even better than that batch – especially with the summer ... Read More »

Kake Kut’rs

Kake Kut'rs

The cake cutter that I used most often is a big, serrated knife – and I admit that it’s not exactly a cake cutter, but more of a general purpose kitchen tool. Sometimes I use a spatula to slide a cut piece of cake away from the rest. Mostly, I use the flat side of the knife to balance the cake before transferring it to ... Read More »

What is a ramekin?

ramekins

Ramekins are one of the few baking dishes that actually have their own name, setting them apart from generic sounding “cake pans” and “baking dishes.” Ramekins are small, cylindrical dishes that are used for baking individually-sized dishes. They are ideal for baking small souffles, as their straight sides make it easy for an egg white-based souffle mixture to rise up the sides of the dish ... Read More »

Get-It Potholders

Get-It Potholders

I have had silicone potholders in the past, but I far prefer to use my more traditional fabric potholders. The standard silicone potholder tends to be little more than a smallish square of heat-resistant material, and even though they promise to deliver more protection from heat and a better grip, I always go back to fabric. The fabric potholders I have are also squarish, but ... Read More »

How to peel fruit

peeling an apple

There are many types of fruit and sometimes it seems like there are almost as many ways to peel them. Bananas, oranges and grapefruits, for instance, are all very self-explanatory fruits that require little more than a tug at the skin to remove it. Other fruits pose more of a challenge. If you’re just going to eat a piece of fruit, the skin might not ... Read More »

Make your own crazy straw!

Make your own bendy straw!

A straw generally serves to help you get liquid from point A to point B with a minimum of fuss. The most basic straws are straight and the most widely used are designed to have a slight bend in the neck, which makes them slightly easier to drink from. The coolest straws are crazy straws, however. These straws have twists, turns, loops and other fun ... Read More »

Hamburger Bun Pans

Hamburger Bun Pans

For cookouts, burgers and hot dogs (or other sausages) are pretty standard. They’re easy to make, easy to serve and they’re always crowd pleasers. I like to do homemade hot dog and hamburger buns for cookouts whenever I have a chance. They’re easy to make and always a big hit, partially because they’re homemade and partially because they taste so fresh. I shape my rolls ... Read More »

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