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CI taste tests ground cinnamon

CI taste tests ground cinnamon

At one time, you could search for cinnamon on the spice aisle at the grocery store and see just a plainly market bottle staring back at you. No country of origin listed, no special variety mentioned. In most stores these days, the selection looks quite a bit different, with various brands and types of cinnamon to choose from.  Is there a difference between the brand ... Read More »

Pillbury Simply Peanut Butter Cookies, reviewed

Pillbury Simply Peanut Butter Cookies

Homemade cookies just about always beat store bought, prepackaged cookie doughs. They’re more fun to make – especially if you’re looking for an activity to do with your kids – they’re tastier and they don’t have any strange ingredients, like preservatives, in them. The only advantage of the prepacked doughs is that they’re quicker and more convenient if you absolutely don’t have time to make ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Triple Berry Bran Muffins, reviewed

Trader Joe's Triple Berry Bran Muffins

I much prefer my homemade bran muffins to just about any bran muffin I’ve either had from a store or made from a mix, but that doesn’t stop me from keeping an eye out for healthy options when they pop up. Trader Joe’s Triple Berry Bran Muffins are a new product I spotted while out shopping last week. I’ve had good luck with some of ... Read More »

VillaWare Prego Pizzelle Baker, reviewed

VillaWare Prego Pizzelle Baker

When it comes to buying specialty appliances, there are a couple of things to take into consideration on top of how well the gadget works: how expensive it is and how much you’ll use it. A single-use gadget (a “unitasker”) is not that practical, but if you’re going to get a lot of use out of it, it’s often worth it. That said, when the ... Read More »

CI tests mini prep bowls

When I first started watching cooking shows on TV, the first thing that I noticed that those cooks/chefs used lots of small prep bowls. I tended to chop things as I worked, when I needed them. This was especially true if I was making something like vegetable soup and there was no need to rush to get all the ingredients into the pot in a ... Read More »

La Salamandra Dulce de Leche, reviewed

While you can make dulce de leche at home by caramelizing a can of sweetened condensed milk, it is a bit less time consuming to buy it if you can find a jar at a local market or specialty store. La Salamandra Dulce de Leche is an Argentinian brand that, for me, is fairly easy to find at stores and online. This dulce de leche ... Read More »

Bliss Safe-to-Eat Cookie Dough, reviewed

Bliss Safe-to-Eat Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Even though I could inhale raw cookie dough when I was little – and did, if no one was there to keep an eye on me when I was making chocolate chip cookies. I still eat raw cookie dough, raw eggs and all, but the practice is somewhat frowned upon these days. Raw eggs carry a risk for salmonella, and even though the risk is ... Read More »

CI rates Ice Cream Scoops

One of the most important pieces of kitchen equipment to have on hand during the summer – excluding a working refrigerator/freezer – is probablyt an ice cream scoop. That may be a big of an exaggeration, but when the weather is really hot, ice cream is a fantastic way to cool down quickly. A few months ago, Cook’s Illustrated ran a review of ice cream ... Read More »

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