Category Archives: Gear and Gadgets

EZ bake oven for computer nerds?

I’m feeling a bit red in the face right now because when a good friend sent me a link to ThinkGeek’s PC Ez-Bake Oven, I was so excited over the idea of a gadget that combined my love of computers with my love of baking that I didn’t realize it was a joke! I’ll admit that the disk drive-sized oven that plugged directly into your ... Read More »

Cookie pans, not cookie cutters

cookie pans

There are shaped pans for baking cakes, mini cakes, muffins/cupcakes and breads. It seems like the only baking category where you aren’t expected to use a shaped pan these days is cookies, where cookie cutters are the shaping standard. But just because they’ve been the standard for such a long time doesn’t mean that they’ll stay that way. This year, I’ve seen more cookie pans ... Read More »

Foodie Gift: Chef’s Quad-Timer

Quad-Timer

I have two timers in my kitchen that I use regularly – my oven timer and a portable digital timer – and I probably use both of them every day. For both cooking and baking, it’s really imperative to have a good timer in the kitchen. It’s possible to do both without the aid of a timer, just glancing at the clock from time to ... Read More »

Pre-bitten gingerbread cookie cutters

want a bite?

There is always a system to eating a cut-out cookie. Unlike a regular drop cookie, cutouts tend to have points and other bits that stick out from the center of the cookie – bits that tempt you to eat them first. Gingerbread men in particular seem to deserve a system when being eaten. Do you start head first? Feet first? Or do you go right ... Read More »

Star of David Bundt

Star of David Pan

There really aren’t as many Hannukah-themed baking gadgets and pans out there as there are for Christmas. This isn’t surprising because Hannukah has never been associated with baking in the same way that Christmas has been. Many of the most famous dishes for the holiday are fried, such as latkes and sufganiyot. But perhaps because of the fact that people love to bake any time ... Read More »

Holiday Gift Ideas: Foodie Tees

It’s (relatively) easy to come up with kitchen gadgets and goodies that you can buy as holiday gifts for foodie friends and family – especially if you can get an opportunity to sneak around his or her kitchen when no one is watching to see what s/he might need. But in search of something a little less obvious, I came up with a few foodie ... Read More »

Multi-Tier Oven Rack

Multi-Tier Oven Rack

One of the biggest challenges involved in cooking a big meal is trying to get all of the food ready and on the table at the same time. This is a particularly difficult feat when you’re cooking a huge meal, like Thanksgiving dinner or any other big family get together. For me, I try to make sure that my dish prep areas are evenly distributed in ... Read More »

Mini Snowman Pan

mini snowman pan

 As much as I like Christmas, I really prefer to wait until after Thanksgiving to get into holiday mode. It’s tough to resist catching a glimpse or two some of the holiday items that are already out in stores, though – especially considering that many of them have been out on display since before Halloween. But in this case, I’m glad I took a peek ... Read More »

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