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Presto FlipSide Belgian Waffle Maker, reviewed

Presto FlipSide Belgian Waffle Maker, reviewed

In a recent issue, Cook’s Illustrated’s test kitchen conducted a thorough review of several Belgian waffle irons. Belgian waffle irons produce waffles with large, deep pockets to catch syrup (and other toppings) and should help ensure you get a waffle that is perfectly crisp on the outside with a fluffy, moist interior. I read the reviews with interest, as my previous waffle iron yielded inconsistent ... Read More »

Tribesigns Digital Kitchen Timer, reviewed

Tribesigns Digital Kitchen Timer

My kitchen timer gets more use than any piece of equipment in my kitchen. I use it to time everything from french press pots of coffee in the morning to recipes that I’m developing in the afternoon. I’ve gone through dozens of kitchen timers over the years and have found that some are better than others. When I’m shopping for a kitchen timer, I look ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated Tests Food Processors

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My food processor gets a lot of use because it is one of the most versatile tools in my kitchen. Food processors can do everything from pureeing ingredients for soups to whipping up fluffy whipped cream to kneading pizza dough – and that is just the tip of the iceberg. They’re also fairly large, as countertop appliances go, so if you are going to make ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated Reviews Mini Loaf Pans

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I love making mini loaves. They’re cute, fun to serve and easy to pack up as gifts for friends and family. The other bonus is that they have a shorter baking time than full sized loaf cakes and breads, so you will be able to eat your favorite baked goods with a much shorter wait time. Most recipes intended for 9×5-inch loaf pans can be ... Read More »

Rodelle Wassail Mulling Spices, reviewed

Rodelle Mulling Spices, reviewed

Wassail is another name for hot, spiced punch that is associated with the holidays. Fruit and spices are added to a liquid base – early versions were made with mead, but these days the drink is made with apple cider or red wine as a base far more often – then everything is steeped together until the hot, spicy drink is ready to serve. It’s ... Read More »

Nestle Toll House Delightfulls Candy Cane Morsels, reviewed

Nestle Toll House Delightfulls Candy Cane Morsels, reviewed

The first time I saw a package of the Nestle Toll House Delightfulls, a plus-sized chocolate chip that features a flavored center, I thought they were a unique way to add some additional and unexpected flavor to a cookie or other baked good. I’ve only seen them in a few flavors until recently, when I noticed that seasonal Candy Cane Delightfulls had appeared in the ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Pecan Pie Filling in a Jar, reviewed

Trader Joe's Pecan Pie Filling, reviewed

Pecan pie is a staple at many Thanksgiving tables and a solid dessert option throughout the holiday season. The most traditional pecan pies are made with a lot of corn syrup and a lot of pecans, leading to a pie that has a sticky sweet base and a nutty, crunchy topping. Pecan pies are not difficult to make, but they are difficult to make well ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup, reviewed

Trader Joe's Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup, reviewed

Wine, whiskey and other spirits have long been aged in wood barrels, but barrel aging is on-trend right now and that means that people are starting to experiment with aging different products. For instance, I’ve had barrel-aged beer and barrel-aged cocktails (and you can buy your own kits for doing this at home) at various restaurants and bars. But barrel aging doesn’t start and stop ... Read More »

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