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Trader Joe’s Butter-Flavored Cooking Spray, reviewed

Trader Joe's Butter-Flavored Cooking Spray, reviewed

Cooking spray is a wonderful thing to have on hand in the kitchen. The pressurized sprays coat skillets and baking sheets evenly in just a few seconds, giving you a nonstick surface and ensuring that you don’t need to worry about part of your cake sticking into the corners of the pans. I particularly like cooking sprays for coating pans with complex designs, such as ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Banana Bread Mix, reviewed

Trader Joe's Banana Bread Mix, reviewed

Banana bread will always be a staple in my kitchen. I always have bananas on hand that are at varying stages of ripeness, ready to be mashed and stirred into a quick, easy loaf. My One-Bowl Banana Bread is a recipe that you can’t go wrong with. An option that is about as easy – and I say “about” because it requires a trip to ... Read More »

Rodelle Reserve French Oak Aged Vanilla Extract

Rodelle Reserve French Oak Aged Vanilla Extract, reviewed

High quality vanilla extract is essential to a baker. Vanilla is a rich, complex flavor – despite the idea of “plain vanilla” being ordinary – that has the unusual ability to not only taste delicious on its own, but to make other flavors taste even more delicious. While some tastes tests have found that artificial vanilla extract can fool tasters in some recipes, there is ... Read More »

Cook’s Country Tests Potholders

Cook's Country Tests Potholders

Potholders are a basic piece of kitchen equipment that we all have in our kitchens and use every day. They don’t get a lot of attention, since they’re not nearly as glamorous as a shiny stand mixer, but we just them for everything from taking cookies out of the oven to removing lids from hot pans. A basic potholder is a terrycloth square (or just ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated Tests Ice Cream Scoops

Cook's Illustrated Rates Ice Cream Scoops

Ice cream scoops are a must-have kitchen tool for ice cream lovers – and ice cream cookbook authors. Unfortunately, ice cream scoops do not always work out exactly as advertised. Over the years, I’ve had all kinds of ice cream scoops that ranged from very traditional designs to high-tech spoons that required all kinds of preheating to provide the perfect scoop. In this month’s Issue ... Read More »

Cake Boss Be The Boss Rainbow Sprinkles, reviewed

Cake Boss Be The Boss Rainbow Sprinkles, reviewed

I have a rack full of different types of sprinkles in my pantry. I have sprinkles made from chocolate, edible glitter, chocolate jimmies and a wide variety of rainbow sprinkles. I never get tired of the rainbow sprinkles and have even been known to shake a few on top of a bowl of ice cream that I’m just eating myself. I also often use rainbow ... Read More »

Cook’s Country Reviews Nonstick Cooking Sprays

Reviewing Nonstick Cooking Sprays - Which Brand is Best?

Nonstick cooking spray is one of the least glamorous – and most functional – items in the kitchen. Spraying on a thin layer of vegetable oil is much more efficient than greasing a pan by hand and uses much less oil over all. Most cooking sprays are aerosols, which means that small particles of oil are suspended in gas, which propels them out of the ... Read More »

Wilton Cocoa Trimming Kit, reviewed

Wilton Cocoa Trimming Kit, reviewed

As much as I love coffee, I am always up for a cup of hot cocoa when it is cold outside – especially if I can dress that cocoa up with a shot or two of espresso and a couple of marshmallows! I often make homemade marshmallows during the holidays, as they’re both a good hot cocoa topper and a great gift, but I won’t ... Read More »

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