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Fresh Box to keep baked goods fresher

Fresh Box

It’s always a good idea to keep baked goods stored in an airtight container to keep them as fresh as possible. An airtight container will keep cakes and breads from drying out and getting stale, extending the life of the food for at least a few days (and sometimes much longer). But unless you have baked goods with long shelf lives, such as biscotti, on ... Read More »

3D Turkey Cake Pan

3D Turkey Cake Pan

Nothing can quite take the place of a full sized roast turkey at the center of the Thanksgiving table, but I’ll give a close second to Nordicware’s 3D Turkey Cake Pan, which produces a beautiful turkey cake that stands almost as high as a real turkey will. The cake is baked in two halves, and when each half has cooled, they can be stood up ... Read More »

Trongs

Trongs probably won’t become the next spork, despite the strangely catchy name, but they are an interesting little foodie accessory that fills a little gap in the food world. Trongs are the “world’s first fully functional finger-food utensil.” They are alien-like three-pronged finger covers made of flexible plastic. You slip your thumb and first two fingers inside the pockets of the trong and use it ... Read More »

How to choose a roasting pan

Mauviel Roasting Pan

A crowd-feeding turkey is the biggest thing that some of us cook during the year, and that often means that we need special cookware to accommodate its size and shape, while most oven-roasted meats and vegetables do just fine in smaller and shallower pans. A roasting pan should be big and fairly deep, about 3-4 inches, to hold all the drippings from your roast and ... Read More »

Soup and Cracker Mug

Soup and Cracker Mug

I often have soup in a large coffee mug when I’m eating by myself. I do it partially because I like how easy the handle makes it to hold the soup, but primarily because it’s very convenient to fill the mug up and stick it in the microwave. If I have bread or crackers with the soup, I usually stick them on a separate plate. ... Read More »

Square Shovel Measuring Spoons

Square Shovel Measuring Spoons

I wasn’t skilled at building sand castles when I was little, but I did have an awesome, brightly-colored, plastic shovel and bucket set that I happily used to transform sand into vaguely mountainous structures. This set of Square Measuring Spoons with Long Handles brings back those memories because they look just like that shovel set I had, even down to the shape of the scoops! ... Read More »

The best inexpensive stand mixers

Kitchen Aid Classic Plus

A mixer is a crucial tool to have in the kitchen, especially if you do a lot of baking. They are so efficient at whipping egg whites and mixing dough that the it’s almost crazy to try to do everything strictly by hand (or with a whisk) all the time. A hand mixer is a great tool – not too expensive and it gets the ... Read More »

Acorn Cakelet Pan

Acorn Cakelet Pan

Acorns are not plentiful in my neck of the woods. There is a walnut tree near my year, so around this time of year I notice an upsurge in the number of squirrels attempting to bury things in my yard, however. I picture this pan as being a kind of  homage to nut-gathering animals everywhere. The Acorn Cakelet Pan makes 18 mini muffin-sized cakes shaped ... Read More »

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