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Pillsbury Thin Mint Brownie Mix, reviewed

Pillsbury Thin Mint Brownie Mix, reviewed

A couple of months ago, Pillsbury announced that they would be releasing a line of Girl Scout Cookie-inspired baking mixes. The mixes would include both cupcake and bar/brownie mixes and would be inspired by the two most popular Girl Scout Cookie flavors: Thin Mints and Samoas. Recently, I saw these mixes available at stores in my area and headed out to pick some up to ... Read More »

Tovolo Sphere Ice Molds, reviewed

Tovolo Sphere Ice Molds, reviewed

Ice is a very important ingredient when you (a) want a cold drink or (b) are making cocktails. While the size and shape of the ice may not be critical if you are pouring yourself a glass of ice water, the dilution that comes from ice can make the difference between a good cocktail and a great one, as the water that is introduced into ... Read More »

Cook’s Country Rates Dry Measuring Cups

Cook's Country Rates Dry Measuring Cups

Measuring cups are an important kitchen tool that is often taken for granted. I say that because we all know that our measuring cups will be there when we need them, but it’s easy to forget that they play a huge role in the results that we get when baking. In a recent issue of Cooks Country (Aug/Sept 2016), the test kitchen set out to ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Marshmallows, reviewed

Trader Joe's Marshmallows

Frequent shoppers at Trader Joe’s will always notice when a new product hits the shelves. As a marshmallow fan – and someone who makes lots of s’mores themed desserts – I was very pleased to see that TJ’s was finally adding marshmallows to their lineup. The marshmallows are vegan, which means that they are not made with gelatin. Gelatin is the main ingredient that I ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated Rates Dry Goods Storage Containers

Cook's Illustrated Rates Dry Goods Storage Containers

Dry storage containers are airtight containers that are designed to store flour, sugar and other dry goods, helping to keep them fresh and safe from both moisture and insects. Unlike your standard tupperware container, dry goods containers are large – usually large enough to hold several quarts – because you want them to hold at least a 5-lb bag of flour. Ideally, dry goods containers ... Read More »

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


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 »

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