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Cinnamon Toast Crunch Muffin Mix, reviewed

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Muffin Mix, up close

Cereal – usually with fresh fruit on top – is my go-to breakfast on weekdays. Honey Nut Cheerios are one of my staples (because they go so well with bananas and berries), but I have a weakness for Cinnamon Toast Crunch and will occasionally sneak a box into my shopping cart at the grocery store. I liked it as a kid and still like that ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Blondie Bar Baking Mix, reviewed

TJ's Blondie Mix

Trader Joe’s has put out quite a few baking mixes over the years, mixes with all natural ingredients and a very low price tag that makes them pretty appealing, even for “scratch” bakers. I’ve had mixed results from a few mixes, and very good results from others, and that is enough to keep me curious when I see that they’ve added a new product to ... Read More »

Judging the 2012 Ghirardelli Chocolate Championships

Contest Winners

The LA County Fair has been going on for the past few weeks here in Southern California. It is the largest county fair in the US, with nearly 1.5 million visiting the fairgrounds during its one month run. You’ll find all kinds of games, rides and attractions, as well as 22 different cooking contests where home chefs and bakers can put their skills up to ... Read More »

Hamilton Beach FastPop Gourmet Pop Maker, reviewed

Ice Pops!

Popsicle lovers have all probably seen the Zoku Quick Pop maker by now, a neat gadget that churns out multiple batches of popsicles in a very short period of time. The pop maker is pricey, and so are the accessory sets that are available for it. It gets great reviews, but the cost might not make it worth the investment unless you really love your ... Read More »

How to scrape a vanilla bean

Scraped vanilla bean pod

Vanilla extract is the most popular way to add vanilla flavoring to anything that you are baking or cooking. It is easy to use and less expensive than using whole vanilla beans. Vanilla bean seeds give baked goods a fantastic look, however, and you just can’t beat the flavor that a real vanilla bean can add when making something where that flavor can really stand ... Read More »

Peanut Butter & Co. Mighty Fine Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes Baking Mix, reviewed

Baking Bites Images

Cake mixes usually come in very predictable flavors, across all brands and all price points, even when the texture and ingredients of the cakes vary a bit. The cake and cookie mixes from Peanut Butter & Co are a little bit different because their premium mixes focus on peanut butter. Their Mighty Fine Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes Baking Mix is just one of these options, ... Read More »

Cook’s Country rates Pie Servers

Pie Servers

A good pie server can make or break your pie – literally. We have all had times when our picture perfect pie stopped looking so perfect when we tried to slide a server or knife underneath of a slice only to have it smush the crust and deform the pie. The filling can fall out of fruit pies if the server isn’t strong enough, and ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Ready to Bake Brownies, reviewed

Trader Joe's Ready to Bake Brownies

Brownie mixes are a convenient thing to keep in the back of your pantry when you need a quick brownie fix. What could be easier than a mix, where you just add a few ingredients and stir? The answer is a mix that you don’t need to add anything to. I spotted these Trader Joe’s Ready to Bake Brownies on a recent shopping trip. The ... Read More »

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