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WSJ Reviews Online Cooking Schools

Online cooking schools

Culinary school isn’t for everyone – no matter how appealing it sounds to be able to work with top chefs, improve your skills and learn to create really top-quality dishes – because most people don’t intend to become professional chefs and the time and cost involved in attending a full time school just isn’t worth it when you cook recreationally. That said, there are many ... Read More »

Holiday Cookie Stamps, reviewed

Holiday Cookie Stamps

There are plenty of ways to decorate cookies. They can be shaped and sliced, rolled and cut with cookie cutters, topped with sprinkles or spread with frosting. Cookies can also be stamped with designs, and the Holiday Cookie Stamps from Williams Sonoma are a fun way to decorate cookies for the holidays. The stamps are made of cast aluminum (produced by Nordic Ware) and feature ... Read More »

NordicWare Gingerbread Loaf Pan, reviewed

NordicWare Gingerbread Loaf Pan

Gingerbread is usually one of those cakes that tastes a lot better than it looks. The dark molasses-colored cake, whether baked in a loaf pan or in another type of cake pan, tends not to be quite as pretty to the eye as, for instance, a brown golden sponge cake. Fortunately, that dark coloring hints at the rich flavor and spices inside every bite of ... Read More »

Baking Bites 2011 Holiday Gift Guide

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It always helps to get a few more gift ideas as the holidays approach. Inspiration just might help you to pick out that perfect gift for the cook or baker or foodie in your lift – and might even inspire you to add something to your wish list, too. Kitchen Gifts for Bakers and Cooks A stand mixer is and will always be one of ... Read More »

Everyday Food rates Gluten Free Baking Mixes

Everyday Food rates Gluten Free Baking Mixes

Gluten free baking is easier than it has ever been before. Just a few short years ago, gluten free ingredients were difficult to find and the results that you would get when working on a recipe could be unpredictable, to say the least. These days, there are a wide range of gluten free flours and baking mixes that are available at most markets and they ... Read More »

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 »

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