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Silicone Cranberry Ring Mold

Silicone Cranberry Ring Mold

My grandmother had a set of molded Tupperware containers that she used to make a variety of Jell-O salad dishes around the holidays. They were a colorful presence on the holiday table and the intricate designs of those molds always looked lovely – even if the various salads weren’t exactly the stars of the table (in fairness, some were much tastier than others). I still ... Read More »

Williams Sonoma Pie Basket

Pie Basket

Pies are one of the top holiday desserts out there and that means that you are probably going to be transporting pies to various events this holiday season. I know that I often bring pies to holiday parties and get-togethers. Pies are difficult to transport because pie plates tend to be very slippery and the pies themselves tend to be delicate. I can’t count how ... Read More »

Williams Sonoma Pie Weight Disc

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Pie weights are a type of tool that bakers use to hold down pie crusts while they are blind baking, to ensure that they keep their shape as those flaky layers form in the dough. Pie weights can range from a bunch of ceramic beads to a pile of dried rice or beans (the least expensive pie weight out there), but the hardest part of ... Read More »

Botanical Pumpkin Loaf Pan

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A lot of pumpkin pans are geared towards Halloween and have a spooky element to them. Pumpkin desserts, however, are enjoyed all autumn and don’t need to be limited to spooky Halloween celebrations. The Botanical Pumpkin Loaf Pan from Williams Sonoma is the kind of pan that you can use throughout the fall, from well before Halloween all the way into winter. It has a ... Read More »

Chef’n Buttercup Butter Maker

Chef’n Buttercup Butter Maker

Homemade butter is something that everyone should make at least once. It only has one ingredient – heavy cream – and with a little bit of muscle, you can turn it into butter in just a few minutes. One of the first times that I made homemade butter I used a stand mixer and made a fairly large batch. Smaller batches are easier to make ... Read More »

Sweet Spirits Dia de Los Muertos Cookie Cutters

Sweet Spirits Dia de Los Muertos Cookie Cutters

The Day of the Dead is a traditional Mexican holiday where family and friends gather to remember and celebrate the lives of lost loved ones. The holiday and other similar traditions are celebrated in other cultures around the world, but the tradition in Mexico is said to go back centuries. It is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd with colorful decorations and festivals. One of ... Read More »

Nordic Ware Great Pumpkin Pan

Nordic Ware Great Pumpkin Pan

Charlie Brown’s friend Linus strongly believed that the Great Pumpkin would emerge on Halloween night, not unlike Santa Claus at Christmas. None of his friends really shared in his conviction (for good reason, since no Great Pumpkin appeared to him), but if you find that you get as into the Halloween spirit as Linus, you can easily make a great pumpkin appear in your kitchen ... Read More »

Halloween Skeleton Cookie Cutters

Halloween Skeleton Cookie Cutters

Skulls and bones can be great designs for Halloween cookies. I’ve made them many times over the years, carefully piping the details of little bones onto cookie cutouts with a tiny-tipped piping bag. The results are great, but the process is time consuming and it is helpful if you’re watching a Halloween movie to pass the time as you work. Most skeleton cookie cutters just ... Read More »

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