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Cook’s Illustrated rates creamy peanut butters

Creamy Peanut Butters

What kind of peanut butter do you keep in your pantry? Where there were once just a few options for peanut butter, it seems like there are dozens of types and brands to choose from these days. You have the option of creamy and crunchy, as well as natural, honey roasted, Omega-3 enriched, sea salt and no salt – just to name a handful of ... Read More »

MixerMate Bowl, reviewed

MixerMate Bowl, reviewed

Sometimes, it just takes a very small change to make a big difference. This is true in many things, but it is equally true in the kitchen. The BeaterBlade is a great example. This stand mixer attachment has a silicone “blade” that extends from what is otherwise a regular paddle attachment. It scrapes the bowl as it mixes, making blending easier and faster than with ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s White Chocolate, reviewed

TJ's white chocolate

White chocolate is a blend of sugar, cocoa butter, milk and vanilla. It is not considered to be chocolate by some chocolate fans because it does not contain any cocoa solids, unlike milk and dark chocolate, but the thing that makes chocolate special is not just the cocoa solids but the cocoa butter. Cocoa butter is the fat in chocolate that gives it the unique ... Read More »

Betty Crocker Decadent Supreme Chocolate Molten Lava Cake, reviewed

Chocolate Lava Cake Mix, oozing

One of my favorite desserts to make at home is a Chocolate Lava Cake. They’re the kind of thing that you usually only find in restaurants because they look as though they are difficult to make. When you make them at home, they are a dessert that appears to be as impressive as it is decadent. They’re not that difficult to make from scratch, but ... Read More »

Wilton 6-Cavity Silicone Heart Mold

Wilton Heart Pan

Sometimes, it is hard to resist a seasonal baking pan and I was pulled in by the Wilton Silicone Heart Mold when I saw it in the baking aisle just before Valentine’s Day. This silicone pan has six heart-shaped cavities that are just about the size of a standard muffin cup. It was touted as being freezer, oven and microwave safe (up to 500F) and ... Read More »

Beyond Gourmet Unbleached Baking Cups, reviewed

Unbleached baking cups

I have an extensive collection of baking cups and have a wide variety of sizes and colors that I choose from each time I bake. For holidays, it is usually easy to choose a themed cupcake wrapper, but for everyday baking, it can be nice to use something a little more understated, especially for baking a batch of simple bran muffins that doesn’t cry out ... Read More »

Barry Callebaut Semisweet Chocolate Chunks, reviewed

Callebaut Chocolate Chunks

Barry Callebaut is one of the finest chocolate makers in the world, and one of the largest, even though you may not have heard of it. The company has been around since 1850 and has been focused on chocolate for the last century. The reason that you may not have heard of this Belgian chocolate company is that their products are often sold directly to ... Read More »

Guittard Butterscotch Chips, reviewed

Guittard Butterscotch Chips

Butterscotch chips are something of a novelty in the chocolate chip aisle at the grocery store. Butterscotch itself is a thick dessert syrup made with brown sugar and butter. It has a rich, buttery sweetness that goes well with many other flavors. Butterscotch chips typically have a brown sugar and butter flavor to them and are a much easier way to add some sweetness to ... Read More »

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