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Trader Joe’s Apple Pie Filling, reviewed

Apple Pie Filling

When it comes to apple pie, I firmly believe that you can’t beat a made-from-scratch pie. It’s fun to make and shape the crusts and you have total control of how sweet or tart your filling will be. The option of opening a can of prepackaged pie filling and pouring it into a frozen pie shell is not necessarily a bad one, however. I know ... Read More »

Baker’s Secret Loaf Pan, reviewed

Baker's Secret Loaf Pan

Specialty kitchen stores are a lot of fun to shop at, but my local grocery store actually has quite the extensive bakeware selection and the prices are very reasonable, which makes it a great place to pick up new basics. So when I needed to replace a loaf pan in my collection, the Baker’s Secret Large Loaf Pan available at the grocery store around the ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Elegant Cocoa Pearls, reviewed

Trader Joe's Cocoa Pearls

Trader Joe’s frequently rotates their inventory, dropping products that aren’t particularly popular with consumers and replacing them with new and different things. Lately, their baking line has been getting a little bit bigger and one of the newest introductions is Baker Josef’s Elegant Cocoa Pearls. These tiny cocoa and off white pearls are small sprinkles that are intended to give home bakers a natural option ... Read More »

Wilton Halloween Candy Kit, reviewed

Wilton Halloween Candy Kit

I’ve made molded chocolates before many times, filling up plastic or silicone molds with melted chocolate and letting them set. I don’t typically attempt anything too fancy, like you might see at a gourmet chocolate shop, although I can fill the chocolates with relative ease and consistency. When I spotted this Wilton Halloween Candy Kit on the Halloween shelf at a local store, I immediately ... Read More »

Breville Pie Maker, reviewed

Breville Mini Pies

Breville’s new Personal Pie Maker is one kitchen appliance that got me excited when I first heard about it. It’s a countertop appliance that is slightly bigger than a waffle iron and it bakes individually sized pies in just a few minutes, cooking pie pastry from both sides with a hot, griddle-like surface. Regular pie making is not a difficult process, but it is time ... Read More »

Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows, reviewed

Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows

As a pumpkin fan, things that call for pumpkin pie spices always catch my eye, though I am always surprised to see the wide variety of foods that get an infusion of fall flavor through pumpkin spice flavoring. These Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows were no exception. The jet puffed marshmallows are made by Kraft and appeared on the shelves in the baking aisle at stores in ... Read More »

Enjoy Life Semisweet Chocolate Mega Chunks, reviewed

Enjoy Life Chocolate Chunks

You’re probably used to seeing the same types of chocolate chips in markets over and over, so when I saw the bright white packaging of Enjoy Life Semisweet Chocolate Mega Chunks, it caught my eye and I picked one up to try. Enjoy Life products are made without the eight most common food allergens – wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish and shellfish ... Read More »

BeaterBlade ZestN’est, reviewed

BeaterBlade ZestN'est

The people at New Metro Design, who brought you the BeaterBlade and the MixerMate Bowl, are at it again with the ZestN’est. The ZestN’est is an updated take on a microplane and is designed with zesting citrus in mind. The gadget is shaped like a half of a lemon, with a microplane-style grater on what would be the cut side of the fruit. As you ... Read More »

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