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Girl Scouts Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies, reviewed

Girl Scouts' Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

This year, the Girl Scouts added a gluten free cookie to their cookie lineup. There have been requests for gluten free cookies in past years from girl scouts who can’t eat the regular cookies and from consumers, and it’s great to see that the Girl Scouts are listening! The cookies are being test marketed this year in about 20 different locations around the country. My ... Read More »

Craftsy Complete Knife Skills Class

Julienned Apples

One of the most impressive things about watching a talented chef cook on TV is seeing their knife work. Chefs like Jacques Pepin and Gordon Ramsey make it look so easy to get that perfect julienne, a fine brunoise or any other cut in what seems like a few seconds – and usually without even looking down at what they’re doing. Most home cooks don’t ... Read More »

Lemon Oreos, reviewed

Lemon Oreos

As a fan of all things cookies n’ cream, I’m always interested in trying the limited edition flavors that Oreo comes out with. The limited time flavors usually come out around the holidays and past flavors have included Candy Corn, Peppermint and Birthday Cake. Not every limited edition flavor appeals to me, but the new Lemon Oreos definitely caught my eye the last time I ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated Rates Metal Baking Pans

Goldtouch Pan

There are a number of pans that every baker should have in the kitchen and one of them is a 9×13-inch rectangular baking pan. This type of pan is very versatile and can be used for everything from sheet cakes to lasagna, from baking a pan of bar cookies to building a water bath for a cheesecake. This style of pan can be made of ... Read More »

Beekman 1802 Tropics Trade Route Lemon Cake Mix, reviewed

Beekman 1802 Tropics Trade Route Lemon Cake Mix, reviewed

You can bake a variety of vintage-inspired recipes from the Beekman 1802 Cookbook, or you can simply head over to their website and order a vintage-inspired cake mix that will streamline the whole process for you. I always love to try premium cake mixes and see how they compare to homemade cakes, since they are priced much higher than your average cake mixes. I like ... Read More »

Rodelle Alcohol Free Vanilla Flavoring, reviewed

Rodelle Alcohol Free Vanilla Extract

Alcohol free vanilla flavoring can’t be called vanilla extract because there are laws that govern what extract is made up of and they require that extracts be at least 35% alcohol. Alcohol is a useful ingredient in extracts because it is a great solvent for flavors and it evaporates during baking so you get the aroma of your extract without knowing that the alcohol was ... Read More »

Hershey’s Chocolate Spreads, Reviewed

Hershey's Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

When you think about a spreadable chocolate product, you probably think of Nutella, the popular chocolate hazelnut spread that originated in Italy over 50 years ago. But Nutella isn’t the only chocolate spread on the market anymore, as quite a few brands are coming out with their own versions of the tasty treat. Hershey’s is the latest company to release a line of creamy, spreadable ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie & Cocoa Swirl, reviewed

Speculoos Cookie & Cocoa Swirl

Trader Joe’s has a store brand of the popular Biscoff spread that is simply called cookie butter. It’s available in smooth and crunchy varieties, and both are popular with lovers of the sweet, addictive brown sugar-flavored spread. Recently, Trader Joe’s introduced a version that will appeal to fans of the classic spread and to chocolate lovers,┬áSpeculoos Cookie & Cocoa Swirl. This spread has a cookie ... Read More »

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