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DIY Girl Scout Cookies with the Girl Scouts Cookie Oven

the Girl Scout Cookie Oven

I have been an advocate of skipping the annual cookie sale and baking your own Girl Scout cookies at home for many years now (and donating money to local troops). It seems that the Girl Scouts have finally realized that there are more than just a handful of people out there interested in making their own cookies, since a Girl Scouts Cookie Oven has recently ... Read More »

Mrs. Fields Silicone Scoop N’ Cut Cookie Tool

Mrs. Fields Silicone Scoop N' Cut Cookie Tool

Nothing looks better than a plate of freshly baked, homemade cookies – except for cookies that are all perfectly round and picture-perfect. It can be difficult to get all your cookies to come out the same size and shape, but using a scooping tool will really help make the finished cookies look better, as well as make the dough-scooping process go a lot faster. The ... Read More »

Nordic Ware Leaf Bundt Pan

Nordic Ware Leaf Bundt Pan

Anyone with an appreciation for the outdoors is sure to get a kick out of┬áNordic Ware’s Leaf Bundt Pan. The pan has the same capacity as the company’s standard pans, but with a unique nature-inspired look to it. Though the pan is roughly the same shape as the traditional bundt pan, it looks as though it has been draped with leaves of varying shapes and ... Read More »

Stoneware Bundt Baking Dish

Stoneware Bundt Baking Dish

If you have a bundt pan in your kitchen, it is probably one made out of cast aluminum that was produced by Nordic Ware. The bundt pan was invented by H. David Dalquist, the founder of Nordic Ware, which has produced well over 50 million pans to date. The signature ring shape of a bundt pan isn’t limited to metal, however, and there are other ... Read More »

Cooks Illustrated Tests Large-Batch Ice Cream Makers

Cooks Illustrated Tests Large-Batch Ice Cream Makers

Most ice cream makers intended for use in the home are fairly compact. They are designed not only to churn up delicious ice creams, but to be convenient to store when not in use. They generally churn 1 to 1 1/2 quarts of ice cream at a time. This amount is fine, given that most ice cream recipes (including my own!) are scaled to meet ... Read More »

Sharp Act Knife Sharpener

Sharp Act Knife Sharpener

Kids of all ages are fascinated by magic and magicians. While the simple tricks, such as pulling a continuous row of handkerchiefs out of your sleeve, may not be all that impressive, there are some tricks that never go out of style. One of these tricks is the old “sawing a woman in half” trick, where the magician’s assistant is placed inside of a wooden ... Read More »

Nordic Ware Heritage Loaf Pan

Nordic Ware Heritage Loaf Pan

Loaf pans are the workhorses of the kitchen. They turn out the same style of cake day after day, with little variation. I like the classic loaf pan look, but there are times when you want something a little fancier and reach for a larger, more stylized pan – such as a bundt pan – instead. The Nordic Ware Heritage Loaf Pan is intended to ... Read More »

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