Category Archives: Gear and Gadgets

A very cool rolling pin

If I’m going to bake on a hot day, I’m probably going to choose to make something that isn’t particularly heat-sensitive. This means that pastries and other baked goods that involve cutting butter into a flour mixture and rolling out the dough are almost always out of the question; you have to work very quickly to keep the butter in the dough cool and solid while ... Read More »

Diamond encrusted saucepan

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get good, quality cookware that will perform well time and time again (I know I don’t). But if you want to spend a lot – and I mean a lot – than the new diamond encrusted potfrom the German cookware maker, Fissler, just might be what you’re looking for. Their newest premium saucepan uses almost 1 ... Read More »

Individual Pie Slice Pan

slice pan

Baking desserts in single-serving portions is nothing new. Cupcake pans, ramekins, tartlet dishes and other miniature pans, for instance, all produce small desserts. The new Individual Pie Slice Pan  from Baker’s Catalogue does, too. The idea behind the pan is twofold. First, the pan makes it easy for those people/families who don’t need a whole pie at a time to enjoy a slice at a time without ... Read More »

Rolling out pie crust is easy

rolling pie crust

 When you need to roll out a pie crust – or any type of dough – the single most important thing to have is a flat surface. A marble slab is often the first choice of serious pie bakers because the stone does not retain heat and the dough you are working will remain cool, with its butter unmelted, as you work. I use a large ... Read More »

Spruce up your stove

notmartha's mirrored stove

Raise your (virtual) hand if you often find yourself wishing your kitchen could look as elegant or as fun as the ones on TV. Who wouldn’t love a state-of-the-art kitchen outfitted with shiny stainless steel, or finished with flush wood panels that hide the appliances with the rest of the cabinets? And whether you like Rachael Ray or not, you have to admit that the ... Read More »

Weirdest kitchen gadgets

The best way to outfit your kitchen is to go for well-made, versatile utensils that will work well in a variety of situations. For instance, you might choose a pair of large kitchen tongs that can be used to turn over a roast, pluck artichokes from a pan of boiling water or to flip meat and veggies over on the grill. But human creativity is ... Read More »

Pre-measured baking liners

silicone liners

I almost always use either parchment paper or a nonstick silicone silpat to line my baking sheets. It’s a snap to pull off a sheet and lay it on the pan, and it always saves me time on cleanup on top of preventing cookies, etc. from sticking. When it comes to other pans – loaf pans, cake pans, pie plates – I don’t always bother ... Read More »

Portable ice cream sundae bar

ice cream carrier

Even though it is one of the most refreshing, most satisfying things you can eat in the summer, ice cream is not a very portable food. It melts too quickly in the heat and, unless you’re dishing it out in your kitchen and carrying each bowl outside to the yard/deck/patio, it just isn’t going to make it very far. If you do want to try ... Read More »

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