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Wilton Mini Whoopie Pie Pan, reviewed

Mini Whoopie Pie Pan

I wasn’t entirely sure that I needed a Mini Whoopie Pie Pan when I first heard about them. They’re put out by Wilton and they are lightweight, nonstick pans that bake twenty four tiny cakes at a time. The little cakes are about the size of mini muffin tops, and they are perfect for making bite sized whoopie pies, but they can also be used ... Read More »

Smucker’s Root Beer Magic Shell, reviewed

Root Beer Magic Shell

Root beer floats are one of my favorite hot weather treats. They’re made by pouring root beer over a mug stuffed with vanilla ice cream. The combination of spicy root beer and creamy vanilla ice cream is a match made in heaven. I like the slightly icy “crust” that forms on top of the ice cream just after you add the root beer and find ... Read More »

Jif Cashew Butter, reviewed

Jif Cashew Butter

Peanut butter is the go-to nut butter for most people, but any kind of nut can be turned into a creamy nut butter beacause nuts are so high in fat. About 10 years ago, it would be uncommon to see nut butters that were made with almonds, cashews or sunflower seeds anywhere but health food stores, but these days they are so mainstream that even ... Read More »

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 »

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