Category Archives: Gear and Gadgets

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 »

Giant Cupcake Pan

There are a few standard cupcake sizes, most often known simply as “mini,” “standard” and “king.” The precise amount that each size will hold may vary a bit from manufacturer to manufacturer, but the sizes are pretty consistent. Minis are about half the size of standard muffins and king size – sometimes known as jumbo size – are about twice the size. When jumbo cupcakes just ... Read More »

Pie Slice Ejector

pie ejector

Having difficulty getting that slice of pie or cake to slide off the pie server? The reason for using a pie server, as opposed to trying to scoot the thin blade of a knife under the slice, is that it is the perfect size and shape to pick up a piece of pie or a slice of cake. I usually just use my finger (or ... Read More »

Octopus Cake Pan

octopus cake

Want to get away from traditional round, square and bundt cake pans and find something more creative? Check out the Octopus Cake Pan at Williams-Sonoma. It’s not going to win any awards for practicality – unless you’re a marine biologist who likes to bake cakes for all your marine biologist buddies – but it is a beautifully put together design with lots of great details. ... Read More »

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