Category Archives: Gear and Gadgets

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 »

Pancakes for Halloween

Halloween pancakes and spatula

For years, I used to make Halloween-shaped pancakes every Halloween morning. When I didn’t have a mold to work with, I would make vaguely ghost-shaped pancakes, sometimes adding chocolate chips or raisins for eyes and mouth. If I did have a mold, pumpkins would be the order of the day (I also had a Mickey Mouse mold, but that’s a different story). As time went ... Read More »

Pumpkin pans for fall

pumpkincheesecakepan

I have a soft spot for themed foods and, as much as I love to eat pumpkin and pumpkin-related desserts, I am also a huge fan of some of the neat pumpkin-shaped pans out there that have been released for the fall holiday season. The pumpkin cheesecake pan(pictured) has straight-sided cavities to mold perfectly shaped mini pumpkins. The pan has a removable bottom, which makes it ... Read More »

Can a mixing bowl be too large?

mixing bowls

Most mixing bowls that are marketed at home cooks are sold in relatively standard sets of three with a small, medium and large bowl. Recipes, in an attempt to help non-pro bakers get the best results possible, often indicate whether a large, medium or small bowl is called for in a given step. The reason for this is that some home cooks will try and work ... Read More »

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