Category Archives: Gear and Gadgets

Bake-in-Pie Spatula

When I mentioned my new pie gate last week, commenter suzer¬†pointed me over to another useful pie-baking accessory that I wasn’t really familiar with: the Bake-in-Pie Spatula. The spatula looks like a handle-less version of a regular pie spatula and is meant to be laid in the bottom of the pie dish before baking. Since the handle of the spatula extends over the edge of ... Read More »

SideSwipe mixer blade

sideswipe mixer

Stand mixers are great kitchen tools, especially if you frequently make large batches of recipes and can use the break from stirring cookie dough, kneading bread and other high-intensity mixing activities. Unfortunately, a stand mixer isn’t good at everything and there are two very similar places in which it fails to work perfectly. The first is in mixing very small batches, as the blades of ... Read More »

Pie Gate

Not to be confused with any similarly-named political or real estate scandals, the Pie Gate is a neat little kitchen gadget that is a great item to have on hand if pies and tarts are on your favorite desserts list. It simpy unfolds and can be inserted into a pie plate where it will sit right up against the side of the pie. From here, ... Read More »

Igloo and snowman pans

shaped winter cakes

Shaped,¬†holiday pans can be tough for a baker to resist, but let’s face it: how many times can you make a Santa-shaped cake? The window of opportunity to use a cake pan like that is very small, even if it does make an ideal cake for a Christmas Eve party. In terms of practicality, it is much more useful to have a pan that will ... Read More »

Foodie Gift Idea: Personalized Chef Jacket

custom chef's jacket

Let’s face it: most of us at-home chefs and bakers don’t have much use for a chef’s jacket. Most of the people I know don’t even bother with an apron (unless it’s a really cute one), relying instead on a conveniently placed kitchen towel or two. But if you love to cook, there is something undeinably appealing about a chef’s jacket. They look good and ... Read More »

Foodie Gift Idea: Personalized Pans

While there are tons and tons of kitchen gadgets and toys that make great gifts, it can actually be quite tricky to buy for someone who loves to cook or bake. The really practical tools that every cook must have are probably already in your giftee’s kitchen, and you’re taking a chance by buying the more unusual ones, as they might actually go unused and ... Read More »

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 »

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