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Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil Spray, reviewed

TJ's Coconut Oil Spray

Coconut oil is a natural vegetable oil made by pressing the oil out of coconut meal. The fat is used in many cooking and baking applications, and it is become more and more common in grocery stores. Typically, coconut oil is found packaged in a jar, and I was surprised to see that Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil Spray took another approach to this oil by ... Read More »

Wilton ColorCups Baking Cups, reviewed

Color Cups

Bright and colorful muffin wrappers are fun to work with because they can completely change the look of a cupcake or muffin from something ordinary into something that draws you in – especially if you are baking for a party or celebration. And anyone who has baked for kids knows that they have even greater appreciation for brightly colored baked goods (no matter how elegant ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Shredded Sweetened Coconut, reviewed

Trader Joe's Coconut

Trader Joe’s recently added a new product to their ever popular “Baker Josef’s” line of baking products: Shredded Sweetened Coconut. Shredded coconut is a product that I like to use a lot in baking, from muffins to pies, and I typically stock up on it at a regular market, where there are usually two brands or so to choose from. I’ve seen this product on ... Read More »

Blendtec Designer Series Blender, reviewed

BlendTec Blender

A blender is an appliance that a lot of us have, but that a lot of us take for granted. Most of the time, it is used for making drinks and smoothies, although it can be used to puree just about anything and can actually take on many of the functions of a food processor. I know that I never used any of my blenders ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated rates Pie Drip Catchers

Pie Drip Catcher

Anyone who regularly bakes fruit cobblers or pies has probably experienced some spillover of thick, bubbling fruit juices as their dish bakes. These juices taste delicious in a pie – but they’re not so delicious when they’re on the bottom of your oven, nor are they easy to clean up. There are many solutions to try to keep the in check, including putting your pie ... Read More »

How to Make Peep-Infused Vodka

Plate o' Peeps

Flavored vodkas are growing in popularity, with dozens of flavors popping up where there were once only a few. Instead of basic lemon and lime-infusions, you can now find much more creative flavors like cake, whipped cream and marshmallow. After a pre-Easter Peep-buying spree, I set out to make my own marshmallow-infused spirit using the popular marshmallow chicks. I filled up a large jar with ... Read More »

Williams Sonoma Eco-Eggs Egg Coloring Kit, reviewed

Eco Egg Kit

I’ve always loved dying eggs in the springtime for Easter and have done it just about every year since I was a kid. Whether I’m doing a simple design or a more complex one, the colorful eggs are always fun to make. There are all kinds of kits out there that you can use to dye your eggs, and the Williams Sonoma Eco Eggs Egg ... Read More »

Progressive International Collapsible Cake Carrier, reviewed

Progressive Int'l Collapsible Cake Carrier

Cake carriers are a must-have tool for bakers who want to be able to easily transport their goodies from one place to another. You can fill them up with anything, from brownies to cupcakes, but the real advantage they offer is in their height, since it allows you to transport a fully-frosted layer cake safely in a way that no other container can match. Cake ... Read More »

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