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Eat Me Crunchy cereal bowl

eat me crunchy bowl

I must be a very fast cereal eater because I don’t have a big problem with my cereal getting soggy and turning into unappetizing mush in my bowl at breakfast. Maybe I just don’t pour that much milk into my cereal to begin with. If I did have a problem with crunchiness, however, the Eat Me Crunchy cereal bowl is one way to solve the sogging ... Read More »

Cake and pizza lifter

Shifting cake layers around the kitchen can be tricky, especially when you’re making a cake with several layers, because there is always a risk of a piece of cake tearing or breaking in two. Once the cake is stacked up, frosted or not, it is almost impossible to move (undamaged and in one piece) unless it is already on a cake stand. Cheesecakes and other ... Read More »

CI tests rimmed baking sheets

rimmed baking sheets

A baking sheet is a baking sheet is a baking sheet – right? Not quite. Different baking sheets are made of different materials and are different thicknesses, and baking the same cookie on ten different sheets can result in ten differently finished cookies – from undercooked to burnt. For their most recent issue (Nov./Dec. 07), the Cook’s Illustrated staff decided to test baking sheets to ... Read More »

Halloween Cookie Stamps

Halloween Cookie Stamps

 These Halloween Cookie Stamps are a change from more common cookie cutters. Instead of rolling out dough and cutting out each desired shape one piece at a time, these can be used to simply stamp your design onto the surface of a piece of dough. The pressure from the stamp will flatten your ball of dough into a perfectly even cookie as you work, eliminating the ... Read More »

Baguette wrist rest

Baguette wrist rest

The perfect baguette should have a crisp, golden crust and a light, chewy interior, with a well-developed lavor that arises from a short list of simple ingredients: water, flour, salt and yeast. This baguette doesn’t meet any of those criteria, although it does have a pleasant golden color to it. But this baguette isn’t meant to be eaten, either. The Baguette Computer Wrist Restis made ... Read More »

Rachael Ray Garbage Bowls

ray ray's garbarge bowls

If you’ve seen Rachael Ray’s 30 Minute Meals, you know that there are a couple of signature things that she has and does. Extra virgin olive oil is EVOO and spices and such always get “measured” by wide approximation. She also always has a garbage bowl, a bowl into which all of her trash – wrappers, egg shells, veggie peelings, etc – gets dumped to ... Read More »

How to measure drop cookie dough

measured cookie dough, ready to bake

 The most common type of cookie seems to be the drop cookie. Chocolate chip, oatmeal and anything else that must be scooped and dropped (hence the name) onto a baking sheet without any shaping or rolling falls into this category and, despite how prevalent they are, there is a lot of debate over how exactly you’re supposed to drop the chunks of cookie dough onto your baking ... Read More »

The perfect Cuppa

cuppa mugs

People have always gotten along just fine by “eyeballing” the amount of cream or milk that they add to their coffee. But why estimate when you can get your cup of coffee or tea just the way you like it every time without guessing? One solution is to emulate a few of the more precise coffee drinkers out there and measure the exact amount of milk ... Read More »

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