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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 »

Cook’s Country Reviews Handheld Mixers

Cook's Country Reviews Handheld Mixers

As much as I like my stand mixer, I find that I still use a hand mixer with great regularity. A hand mixer is great when you only need to mix up a small batch of something like brownies or cake and you simply don’t want to get out the big mixer. It can also be a good tool when you need to mix up ... Read More »

Wilton Severed Finger Halloween Cupcake Toppers

Wilton Severed Finger Halloween Royal Icing Decorations

Halloween is about both tricks and treats, and when you can get both of those things into one package, you know that you’re on to something!¬†Wilton’s Severed Finger Halloween Cupcake Toppers look amazingly realistic and are a fun/scary decoration to incorporate into your Halloween baking. The fingers are made of¬†dried royal icing and come in a package of 10. The package includes fingers of different ... Read More »

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