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Circus Animal Cookie Cutters

Circus Animal Cookie Cutters

Barnum’s Animal Crackers, small animal-shaped cookies that come in a distinctive circus car-shaped box, have been around for over a century. They were first introduced in 1902 when they were known simply as “Barnum’s Animal” and were sold in bulk, the boxes sold as optional extras. Now, they’re made by Nabisco and have a lot – to say the least – of nostalgic value since ... Read More »

Plastic bags vs. pastry bags for piping

piping bag with cupcakes

I’m a big fan of tricks that make my life easier in the kitchen and one that I use often is substituting a plastic bag for a pastry bag. A pastry bag is little more than a conical plastic bag that is open at the wide end and sealed at the bottom. To use one, you just need to snip off the closed tip after ... Read More »

Choosing a revolving cake stand

revolving cake stands

The advantage of having a revolving cake stand is that it gives you easy access to all sides of the cake for frosting. It’s not an absolutely necessary kitchen tool, even if you’re a baker, however. When you only frost a cake once in a blue moon and it’s for your own personal enjoyment, it’s not critical to have a showpiece-like cake and you can ... Read More »

Gourmet Impressions

You can pick the flavor, the filling and any of a variety of other options to customize your favorite foods – especially when you’re making them at home. But a custom cookie isn’t quite the same as a personalized one and Gourmet Impressions knows this. The company was started in 2002 and makes “food embossers” that allow you to put your name, your brand or ... Read More »

Easy Pb&J Jar

Easy Pb&J Jar

Although it’s called the Easy Pb&J Jar, this innovative jar is good for more than just peanut butter and jelly storage. The jar has screw-tops on either end and perfectly straight sides. This completely eliminated the rounded edges usually found at the bottom of “regular” jars and the rim found underneath the top opening, where the jar comes up and narrows, and prevents you from ... Read More »

OXO Corn Stripper

While I love to eat corn straight off the cob, it’s not everyone’s favorite way to eat the sweet, seasonal vegetable. The cobs can be difficult to handle and you need to have toothpicks or floss available after you eat. Cutting the corn off of the cob eliminates both of these problems and still gives you the freshest corn possible. A sharp kitchen knife is ... Read More »

Rectangular, Revolving Cake Stand

Rectangular, Revolving Cake Stand

I’ve been making quite a few cakes lately – no, not all have appeared here because most of them are repeats of some of my favorite classic chocolate and vanilla cakes – and I’ve been spending a lot of my time frosting. The tricky thing about frosting a cake (assuming that you’re starting with some tasty and relatively easy to work with frosting) is really ... Read More »

Spoon Scale

I almost overlooked this little Spoon Scale when I saw it mentioned on Not Martha, and I’m quite sure I might have overlooked it in a kitchen store simple because it is so small. Needless to say, I’m glad I didn’t. The Spoon Scale is a little electronic scale that is about the size (and, of course, the shape) of a fairly regular measuring spoon. ... Read More »

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