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Nonstick Oven Spill Catcher

My oven has heating elements in both the top and the bottom, so traditional oven liners – many of which are designed to sit on the bottom of an oven – don’t work for me. Oven liners are designed to catch accidental overflow from things like pies, casseroles and other bubbly/gooey dishes. This is a Nonstick Oven Spill Catcher and it does the same job ... Read More »

Rolling Pin Sleeves

Rolling Pin Sleeves

Conventional wisdom says that if your rolling pin is sticking to your dough – whether it is bread dough or cookie dough – you should lightly flour the pin and press on, adding more flour as needed. Adding small amounts of flour to a dough is rarely a problem in terms of altering the recipe’s ratio of dry-to-wet ingredients and, unless you use tons of ... Read More »

Cool Touch Oven Rack Guard

Cool Touch Oven Rack Guard

We all try to be as careful as possible when working in the kitchen. Hot pans, ovens, utensils and often boiling water are everywhere and can easily cause the occasional (or more than occasional) burn. Even if you have hands of stone, a burn is never fun and should be avoided at all costs. Potholders and dishtowels can help to protect your hands from most ... Read More »

Chef’s Choice Waffle Cone Maker

Walk into almost any ice cream parlor (and the first thing that you’ll notice is a delicious, warm smell. It’s not the ice cream, it’s the smell of homemade waffle cones. Or, at least, it was the standard and should still be. A lot of chain-type ice cream shops have nixed the from-scratch waffle cones and, while there are plenty of ice cream stores and ... Read More »

ToasTites

toastite sandwich

Before there were panini, there were ToasTites – at least, that’s the way it happened in my house. A ToasTite (also “toas tite,”as two words or with a hyphen) is a grilled sandwich maker. To the best of my knowledge, they originated in the 1930s and 1940s and were made to cook sandwiches over a hot, open flame. The earliest models have round toasting plates ... Read More »

What is a cake heating core?

No one likes an undercooked cake and the bigger a cake pan you’re using, the more difficult it can be to achieve even baking without over-browning the top and sides of the cake. Heat radiates through the cake from the sides of the baking pan and, while not a problem for smaller cakes, larger pans will easily be overdone on the sides before they are ... Read More »

Equal Measure Measuring Cup

Equal Measure Measuring Cup

I’m a bit of a science geek. Maybe that’s why I enjoy baking so much: the proportions, the measurements, the reactions that turn a pile of ingredients into a cake or cookie. It’s definitely why I own this S’mores Tee that gives the dimensions of the components and the PSI needed to put them together to create the perfect s’more (not something most of us ... Read More »

SpiceShot Spice Dispenser

SpiceShot Spice Dispenser

Baking is often described as a science, a type of cooking that rewards precision. This is true in general, but not every single element of baking needs. Spices are an excellent example because, while they can make or break the flavor of a dish, they’re not (or only very, very rarely) essential to the chemistry of a baked good. I don’t always measure out my ... Read More »

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