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Wilton Bone Cookie Pan, reviewed

Wilton Bone Cookie Pan, reviewed

There are a lot of elaborate Halloween cookie pans on the market these days. There are pans with elaborate monster, witch and pumpkin designs that promise you can simply press your dough in and let the pan do the work in the oven. These pans look and sound great, but the finished cookies sometimes have so much going on that they look muddled. Sometimes a ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Salted Caramels, reviewed

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Spice Dark Chocolate Caramels, interior

Every year for the past three years or so, Trader Joe’s has stocked its shelves with delicious Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels. These candies are bittersweet chocolate shells filled with a creamy caramel and topped with a generous pinch of sea salt. They’re very good, especially for those who enjoy a salty-sweet treat. This year, I noticed that Trader Joe’s decided to offer a twist ... Read More »

Jet Puffed Candy Corn Marshmallows, reviewed

Jet Puffed Candy Corn Marshmallows, reviewed

Candy corn is a seasonal staple in the fall and, whether you like the triangular fondant candies or not, there is no doubt that you will recognize them instantly when you see them. Their signature orange and yellow colors are┬ástriking and many people – from large brands to individuals, like me – use them as inspiration to create other seasonal sweets. For instance, my Candy ... Read More »

Wilton Mini Pumpkin Cupcake Pan, reviewed

Wilton Mini Pumpkin Cupcakes

Pumpkin baked goods are a sign of the fall, as are pumpkin-shaped baked goods. You can test your sculpting skills with a sharp knife, or you can head to your favorite kitchen store and pick up a pan that allows you to make pumpkin-shaped cakes easily. The Wilton Mini Pumpkin Cupcake Pan caught my eye when I was out shopping for Halloween accessories the other ... Read More »

Betty Crocker Maple Bacon and Candy Corn Frostings, reviewed

Betty Crocker Maple Bacon Frosting

There are all kinds of seasonal candies on the market, but candies aren’t the only products that get a seasonal twist. Almost everything in the baking aisle – from sprinkles to cake mixes – changes to suit the seasons and give you some alternatives to plain vanilla and rainbow sprinkles for every time of year. That said, I was surprised when I saw two new ... Read More »

Magimix by Robot-Coupe Food Processor, reviewed

Magimix by Robot-Coupe Food Processor

A food processor is a great tool to have in the kitchen that sometimes gets overshadowed by stand mixers, which have become iincreasingly visible over the past several years. Food processors might not be quite as glamorous at first glance – though I would argue that this one in particular looks pretty good – but they can handle a tremendous number of functions if you ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated Rates Mixing Bowls

Cook's Illustrated Rates Mixing Bowls

Mixing bowls just might be the most important tool in the kitchen, especially if you’re a baker. All the spatulas, whisks and spoons in the world are awfully difficult to use if you don’t have a good bowl for mixing your ingredients! Mixing bowls are important, but most of us don’t pay all that much attention to the function of a mixing bowl in the ... Read More »

Magimix Vision Toaster, reviewed

Magimix Vision Toaster, reviewed

I love a good piece of toast in the morning. It’s simple, but versatile, so you can enjoy a slice of cinnamon sugar-topped toast or a savory Avocado Toast. I could eat toast just about every day, so my toasters get a lot of use. I say “toasters” because I have had many toasters in my life, and most of them have been pretty lousy. ... Read More »

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