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The Kitchen Sync Cookbook

Kitchen Sync Cookbook

I love all of my cookbooks and use them often. But these days, more often than ever before, I’m looking for recipes (or recipe inspiration) online, too. Cookbooks are easy to take into the kitchen. Computers – even laptops – are somewhat less so. The problem is not gaining access to the recipe, but handling the book/laptop while you’re trying to handle various ingredients and ... Read More »

Silicone pastry brushes

Silicone pastry brushes

A pastry brush isn’t the most vital tool in a baker’s arsenal, but it is one that comes in handy from time to time. It is also one whose function can’t easily be performed with other tools. The brush is used to spread liquids and glazes onto the surface of foods, like adding melted butter to the tops of cinnamon buns or some milk/cream to ... Read More »

Egg-cellent Easter Pans

i like egg puns

We’re coming down to the wire on Easter and if you’re at all interested in baking some Easter-shaped goodies, this will be your last excuse to go out and pick up a neat specialty pan for doing so. Personally, I’m the type that might hold out until they’re on sale right after Easter, though I know that usually means I’ll have to hang on to ... Read More »

Coffee Mugs, cookies included

Cookie Mugs

When I was a kid, my favorite mug – for hot chocolate back then, not coffee – had a ceramic frog in the bottom of it that was slowly revealed I drank. It wasn’t the novelty of seeing the frog that made me like the mug, though it certainly was cute, but simply knowing that there was more to my simple hot chocolate than met ... Read More »

Bread warmer for serving

bun warmer

When you bake bread, you generally want it to cool down completely before slicing into it. This is because bread is still baking, in a way, when you take it out of the oven. As it cools, the steam inside the bread is very slowly released through the crust, setting the crumb inside. If you cut into it too quickly, your piece will still be ... Read More »

A discussion on kitchen shears

kitchen shears

Scissors are like the socks of the kitchen. Socks mysteriously disappear when you put them into the dryer and scissors, at least in my house, mysteriously disappear when put into a kitchen drawer. Sometimes they will reappear, of course, or they will not vanish at all, but in my experience it is inevitable. It happened to my favorite pair of kitchen shears this past week. Kitchen shears ... Read More »

Peeps Cupcake Pan

Peeps Cupcake Pan

I have a little bit of a thing for Peeps. Part of the reason I like them is that the sugar-coated marshmallows are fun to eat. The other part is that they’re simply too cute to resist. Peeps were the very first thing that sprang to my mind when I spotted Wilton’s Mini Bunny Cake Pan because the shape of each cake cavity is almost identical ... Read More »

Toothpicks versus cake testers

metal cake tester from C&B

Toothpicks are the gold-standard of cake testing. Most, if not all, recipes call for them and even though there are other ways to test for doneness (for instance, lightly pressing the top of a muffin/cake to see if it springs back into place), checking to see if a toothpick inserted into the center of a baked good comes out clean is consistently reliable. But many ... Read More »

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