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Chocolate Paddle Thermometer for Tempering Chocolate

Chocolate Paddle Thermometer

The most important thermometer you can have in your kitchen is an oven thermometer, as if your oven isn’t accurate you’re not going to get a whole lot of cooking and baking done. Following that, meat thermometers and candy thermometers are also very helpful. I use meat thermometers both for meat and for testing the internal temperature of baked bread. Candy thermometers I use for ... Read More »

Loose Leaf Tea Tumbler

Both coffee and tea are staples in my diet, with breakfast, with baked goods and with dessert. I also often take an insulated mug or thermos out with me when I’m on the go, especially on chilly mornings. This works best with coffee, as tea bags left in thermoses will easily oversteep, and loose leaf teas take extra time in their preparation. When I saw ... Read More »

A Measuring Gaggle

A Measuring Gaggle

When I buy measuring cups, I always go for something functional rather than something funky and I usually opt for sets that are on sale somewhere – largely because I have a hard time resisting kitchen stuff I like when it’s on sale. There are times when I wish I weren’t so practical, however. This is the exact feeling that struck me when I saw ... Read More »

Dessert for Two Heart Pan

I can’t resist throwing in yet another cute Valentine’s Day-appropriate bit of baking gear, and because the holiday is more-or-less about indulging your heart’s desire, I’m not going to feel too guilty about it. The Dessert for Two Heart Pan is a little pan that turns out two heart-shaped cakes that can be stacked together and served as one miniature – and romantic – layer ... Read More »

Measuring Spoons with Heart

A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. What does a spoonful of love do? Officially – or as officially as these matters get -┬áthe answer is nothing, but just about every food is going to taste best when it is made with a little bit of love and the extra care that comes with it. Love can’t really be measured and the closest ... Read More »

Push-n-Print Valentine Cookie Hearts

Cookie stamps are great little tools, giving all kinds of plain cookies – especially butter cookies or shortbread – a lot of dimension. They also save you a lot of time when it comes to decorating cookies, since all the work is done for you before the cookies get into the oven and you don’t really need to bother with frosting or sprinkles to still ... Read More »

Knife Hook

knife hook

Every cook has a time when he or she has just been boiling – and I’m not talking about water. I’m talking about the times when your brownies have overcooked, your veggies just won’t turn out quite right and your roast won’t hit its mark on the meat thermometer even after an extra hour in the oven, on top of which your microwave won’t work, ... Read More »

Sweethearts Cake Pan

Sweethearts Cake Pan

There are two things that jump to mind when someone mentions a filled cake. One is a simple layer cake, sliced in half and filled with jam or buttercream. The other is a molten center cake – always a Valentine’s Day favorite – that is a chocolate cake with a chocolate truffle center, which melts as the cake bakes and leaves you with a rich ... Read More »

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