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Cook’s Illustrated Tests Food Processors

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My food processor gets a lot of use because it is one of the most versatile tools in my kitchen. Food processors can do everything from pureeing ingredients for soups to whipping up fluffy whipped cream to kneading pizza dough – and that is just the tip of the iceberg. They’re also fairly large, as countertop appliances go, so if you are going to make ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated Reviews Mini Loaf Pans

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I love making mini loaves. They’re cute, fun to serve and easy to pack up as gifts for friends and family. The other bonus is that they have a shorter baking time than full sized loaf cakes and breads, so you will be able to eat your favorite baked goods with a much shorter wait time. Most recipes intended for 9×5-inch loaf pans can be ... Read More »

Rodelle Wassail Mulling Spices, reviewed

Rodelle Mulling Spices, reviewed

Wassail is another name for hot, spiced punch that is associated with the holidays. Fruit and spices are added to a liquid base – early versions were made with mead, but these days the drink is made with apple cider or red wine as a base far more often – then everything is steeped together until the hot, spicy drink is ready to serve. It’s ... Read More »

Nestle Toll House Delightfulls Candy Cane Morsels, reviewed

Nestle Toll House Delightfulls Candy Cane Morsels, reviewed

The first time I saw a package of the Nestle Toll House Delightfulls, a plus-sized chocolate chip that features a flavored center, I thought they were a unique way to add some additional and unexpected flavor to a cookie or other baked good. I’ve only seen them in a few flavors until recently, when I noticed that seasonal Candy Cane Delightfulls had appeared in the ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Pecan Pie Filling in a Jar, reviewed

Trader Joe's Pecan Pie Filling, reviewed

Pecan pie is a staple at many Thanksgiving tables and a solid dessert option throughout the holiday season. The most traditional pecan pies are made with a lot of corn syrup and a lot of pecans, leading to a pie that has a sticky sweet base and a nutty, crunchy topping. Pecan pies are not difficult to make, but they are difficult to make well ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup, reviewed

Trader Joe's Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup, reviewed

Wine, whiskey and other spirits have long been aged in wood barrels, but barrel aging is on-trend right now and that means that people are starting to experiment with aging different products. For instance, I’ve had barrel-aged beer and barrel-aged cocktails (and you can buy your own kits for doing this at home) at various restaurants and bars. But barrel aging doesn’t start and stop ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookie Butter, reviewed

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookie Butter

Pumpkin pie spice is everywhere this time of year. It is in your coffee, in your pancakes and in your desserts. While I’ve encountered plenty of pumpkin spice products that don’t quite work for me, I’ve also had many that turn out to be so delicious that I wonder why it took us so long to give them a try. Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pie Spice ... Read More »

PaperChef Culinary Parchment Lotus Baking Cups, reviewed

PaperChef Culinary Parchment Lotus Baking Cups, reviewed

I have a huge array of baking cups in my pantry. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors. The wrappers that are the most eye catching tend to be the “lotus” baking cups, which are made of parchment paper and designed so that excess paper rises up over the top of the muffin. This style of wrapper is often seen in higher end bakeries ... Read More »

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