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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 »

Halloween cupcake wrappers

Halloween cupcake wrappers

 I don’t necessarily go for lots of seasonal baking tools, changing up the color of my mixing bowls and whatnot to suit the current season or holiday. I probably would if I could, but I would need a much bigger kitchen (with a whole lot more storage space) before I could even consider starting up such a collection. There are, however, a few seasonal baking items ... Read More »

Skull Cupcake Pan

skull pans

What could be scarier than a leering skull glaring up at you from your dessert plate? Actually, don’t answer that. I’m sure that there are many things, but that doesn’t stop me from liking these skull cupcake and skull cake pans as scary-fun Halloween accessories. The grinning skulls can be decorated simply, with a light dusting of powdered sugar to highlight their unusual shapes, or ... Read More »

Silicone double boiler?

A double boiler can be a great tool in the kitchen, whether you buy a “real” one or use a stainless steel or glass mixing bowl set on top of a simmering pot of water. I do not recommend using a silicone double boiler, like the one pictured here. Silicone is a great material for cooking utensils because it is heat resistant and flexible, so a spatula, ... Read More »

Eat Me Crunchy cereal bowl

eat me crunchy bowl

I must be a very fast cereal eater because I don’t have a big problem with my cereal getting soggy and turning into unappetizing mush in my bowl at breakfast. Maybe I just don’t pour that much milk into my cereal to begin with. If I did have a problem with crunchiness, however, the Eat Me Crunchy cereal bowl is one way to solve the sogging ... Read More »

Cake and pizza lifter

Shifting cake layers around the kitchen can be tricky, especially when you’re making a cake with several layers, because there is always a risk of a piece of cake tearing or breaking in two. Once the cake is stacked up, frosted or not, it is almost impossible to move (undamaged and in one piece) unless it is already on a cake stand. Cheesecakes and other ... Read More »

CI tests rimmed baking sheets

rimmed baking sheets

A baking sheet is a baking sheet is a baking sheet – right? Not quite. Different baking sheets are made of different materials and are different thicknesses, and baking the same cookie on ten different sheets can result in ten differently finished cookies – from undercooked to burnt. For their most recent issue (Nov./Dec. 07), the Cook’s Illustrated staff decided to test baking sheets to ... Read More »

Halloween Cookie Stamps

Halloween Cookie Stamps

 These Halloween Cookie Stamps are a change from more common cookie cutters. Instead of rolling out dough and cutting out each desired shape one piece at a time, these can be used to simply stamp your design onto the surface of a piece of dough. The pressure from the stamp will flatten your ball of dough into a perfectly even cookie as you work, eliminating the ... Read More »

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