Category Archives: Gear and Gadgets

Giant Cupcake Pan

There are a few standard cupcake sizes, most often known simply as “mini,” “standard” and “king.” The precise amount that each size will hold may vary a bit from manufacturer to manufacturer, but the sizes are pretty consistent. Minis are about half the size of standard muffins and king size – sometimes known as jumbo size – are about twice the size. When jumbo cupcakes just ... Read More »

Pie Slice Ejector

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Having difficulty getting that slice of pie or cake to slide off the pie server? The reason for using a pie server, as opposed to trying to scoot the thin blade of a knife under the slice, is that it is the perfect size and shape to pick up a piece of pie or a slice of cake. I usually just use my finger (or ... Read More »

Octopus Cake Pan

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Want to get away from traditional round, square and bundt cake pans and find something more creative? Check out the Octopus Cake Pan at Williams-Sonoma. It’s not going to win any awards for practicality – unless you’re a marine biologist who likes to bake cakes for all your marine biologist buddies – but it is a beautifully put together design with lots of great details. ... Read More »

Barking hot dog cooker

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 This year, I didn’t end up grilling hot dogs for the fourth of July and opted for a simple salad and grilled corn (vacation recovery fare). If I had had a Barking Hot Dog Cooker, I might have reconsidered. It’s not that I don’t love my grill, but the cuteness of this little gadget is hard to resist. The cooker steams up to six hot dogs ... Read More »

Backyard Bugs Cake Pan

I really don’t want to see bugs anywhere near one of my cake or cupcake creations. At least, I don’t want to see any live bugs near any of them. After seeing the adorable Backyard Bugs Cake Pan, I’m going to have relax my previously hard and fast rule because the bug-shaped cakelets are too cute to resist. The pan is made of heavy, nonstick cast ... Read More »

Wrench Ware

Father’s Day is rapidly approaching and, even though you probably already sorted through a long list of ideas, I couldn’t resist throwing in one more. Wrench Ware is a hybrid between tools and tableware, featuring one place setting with a stainless steel wrench-handled knife, crescent-wrench spoon and ratchet fork. The utensils come packed in a mock tool kit, with shaped holders to secure each piece ... Read More »

Homemade ice cream options

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It may be harder to achieve the fudge ripples and caramel swirls of prepackaged ice creams, but homemade ice cream has its own set of advantages. Now, I’m not going to argue against the convenience factor of store bought ice cream, or the fact that many are of outstanding quality, but they can be pretty expensive, so one of the advantages of making it at home ... Read More »

Portable Lap Counter

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Admit it: at one time or another you have carried a tray or a bowl away from the kitchen and over to the couch so that you could watch TV while you prepped and peeled veggies, whipped egg whites or kneaded bread dough. There’s nothing wrong with that. It can be tough on the back when you’re standing up, leaning over a counter for hours on end ... Read More »

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