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Judging the 2012 Ghirardelli Chocolate Championships

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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

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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 »

Rome’s #62 Original S’more Maker, reviewed

Rome's #62 Original S'more Maker, reviewed

The most traditional way to make s’mores is over an open fire. You skewer a marshmallow on a stick and roast it over the open flame, then quickly sandwich it between two graham crackers with a chunk of Hershey’s chocolate. S’mores are so popular, however, that you don’t need to be out camping to indulge in them anymore. You can make them over bbqs and ... Read More »

Rodelle Organics Organic Chocolate Extract, reviewed

Rodelle Organics Organic Chocolate Extract

Chocolate extract is an alcohol solution infused with cocoa beans, which makes it very similar to vanilla extract, but with the flavor of cocoa instead of vanilla. It’s an interesting extract to work with because it is unusual and not often called for in recipes, although it can really round out the flavor of a chocolate dessert and highlight the chocolate flavor already there. Rodelle ... Read More »

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