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Starbucks Via Flavored Coffee, reviewed

Flavored Via

Fans of Starbucks’ ultra-convenient instant coffee, Starbucks Via, are definitely going to take note of the brand new flavored versions of Via that Starbucks has just released. These instant coffees are flavored with natural flavorings and sweetened with a little bit of sugar. This makes them more of an all-in-one product that regular Via, which comes plain and unsweetened, although it is available in different ... Read More »

Betty Crocker Premium Baking Dessert Mix, reviewed

Betty Crocker Dessert Mix muffins

When you think of an all purpose baking mix, you might think of something like Bisquick. Bisquick is a mix of flour, salt, leavening and fat – shelf-stable shortening – that can be used in a huge variety of different recipes just by adding a few simple ingredients to it. You can make pancakes, biscuits and casseroles, just for starters. But although it can be ... Read More »

Cupcake Creations Muffin Top & Tart Baking Cups, reviewed

Cupcake Creations Muffin Top

I have to admit that I just don’t have room in my kitchen for all of the neat gadgets and baking pans out there. If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably faced the same problem. I try to make room, but I love it when I find a way to make something usually made with a special pan without one. One recent example is the ... Read More »

Betty Crocker Gluten Free Brownie Mix, reviewed

Betty Crocker Gluten Free Brownies

Brownies tend convert to gluten free recipes fairly easily, as opposed to baked goods that rely heavily on the gluten in wheat flour for their structure, like rustic baguettes. Although cakey brownies have their fans, most brownies should be fudgy and tender, with a little bit of chewy to them and these are all qualities that are very possible to replicate with gluten free flour ... Read More »

Breville 5-Qt Stand Mixer, reviewed

Breville's Included Accessories

If you’re in the market for a new stand mixer – or a first stand mixer – Breville’s new 5-quart Stand Mixer is definitely worth a look as a solid option that will preform well in any home kitchen. I recently added one to my collection to see how it performed and what features it brought to the table when compared to the Vikings and ... Read More »

Zyliss Ice Cream Scoop, reviewed

Zyliss Ice Cream Scoop

I have never had very good luck with ice cream scoops. I’ve tried all kinds in search of a scoop that will cut through firm ice cream easily, make decent looking scoops and release the ice cream without a hassle. I know that you can soften the ice cream by leaving it out, but frankly I don’t want to leave my ice cream on the ... Read More »

Jif Peanut Butter & Honey, reviewed

Jif Peanut Butter & Honey

I have always been a big peanut butter fan, so I like to take a chance on some of the more unusual peanut butters I’ve come across over the years, like PB Loco’s peanut butters. Jif’s [new to me] Peanut Butter & Honey peanut butter wasn’t quite as “out there” as some of PB Loco’s offerings, but seemed like it would definitely be worth a ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated picks the best nonstick pans

T Fal and Bialetti Frying PAns

I know that I’m not the only one who has gone through multiple nonstick frying pans over the years, replacing the pans as they lose their nonstickiness or treating them like regular pans and simply increasing the amount of oil that I cook with to keep food from sticking to it. I generally assumed that I was doing something wrong with my pans to mess ... Read More »

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