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How to clean a microplane

Cleaning a microplane

Microplanes are great tools to have around the kitchen because they really simplify a number of different tasks. They are ideal for zesting citrus fruits, make it easy to grate whole spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, and are great for doing a quick shred of hard cheeses, like parmesan. If you really want to get your money’s worth out, you can even use them to ... Read More »

S-XL Bundt Cake

S-XL Bundt Cake

When I first saw the S-XL Cake Pan, which comes with slices of various sizes already marked out, I thought it was very inventive. I’m equally impressed with the S-XL Bundt Cake Pan, a larger variant of the original pan. There are 15 pre-set slices of varying sizes and shapes, different heights and widths. It’s nonstick, so it should be easy to get the bundt ... Read More »

Gaggenau Lift Oven

Gaggenau Lift Oven

Every time you open the oven door, some heat escapes. This is one of the many reasons that baking times can vary from person-to-person for the same recipe, as there is no telling from a writer’s standpoint how long a person will leave his or her oven door open while trying to fit in cake pans and baking sheets. Kitchen manufacturer Gaggenau has come up ... Read More »

Ice Cream and Cupcake Cookie Cutters

Ice Cream and Cupcake Cookie Cutters

I found both of these cute Ice Cream Cone and Cupcake cookie cutter sets at Crate and Barrel just a few weeks ago, and was all set to write them up when I realized that they’re not on the store’s website! They’re probably just seasonal items with limited availability, and I’m not surprised that they went quickly! I really like the shape of both types ... Read More »

Levo Adjustable Cookbook Stand

Levo Adjustable Cookbook Stand

It’s really nice to have a cookbook holder of some kind in the kitchen for several reasons. First, it keeps your cookbooks a little cleaner by keeping them off the counter. Second, it makes them easier to read by holding the pages open. What most cookbook holders don’t do is hold the book up at a level that is easy to read. Many are angled, ... Read More »

3D Bunny Cookie Cutters

3D Bunny Cookie Cutters

If decorating Easter Eggs doesn’t offer quite enough opportunity for hands-on crafting this year, there are plenty of other options to make creative and cute things in the kitchen. You can make Peeps cupcakes, for instance, or you can pick up a set of 3D Bunny Cookie Cutters and make some awfully cute cookies. The cookie cutters, which come in a set of four and ... Read More »

Spring Cookie Pan

Rolling out cookie dough can be a little bit of a pain in the you-know-what because it can be time consuming and make a bit of a mess in the kitchen – especially when you compare the process to making a quick batch of drop cookies. Rolling out the dough and decorating the shaped cookies is rewarding when you’ve finished up some cute holiday cookies, ... Read More »

Coffee Cup Cookie Cutters

Coffee Cup Cookie Cutters

Cookies and milk go together like, well, cookies and milk. Even though they “go together,” I tend to keep the elements separate – drink in a glass, cookies on a plate – as long as you don’t count any crumbs floating in the mug after an extended dunk! This set of Coffee Cup Cookie Cutters has given me some new perspective on how the two ... Read More »

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