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Cook’s Country taste tests Ready Made Pie Crusts

Premade pie shells

Homemade pie crust is the best option when you are baking pies, and although they can sometimes be intimidating to make, it only takes a little practice to get the technique of making a very flaky pie crust down. That being said, ready made pie crusts are very convenient and can be a time-saving solution for many bakers who want to put together a pie ... Read More »

Emile Henri Artisan Ruffle Pie Dish, reviewed

Artisan Ruffle Pie Dish

Emile Henri is a French brand that has been known for their ceramic bakeware since the 1850s. Their products usually have a distinct look and come in array of bright colors, thanks to the shiny glazes that they use to finish their pieces. Their Artisan Ruffle Pie Dish, which is available at Williams Sonoma, caught my eye recently and I decided that I had to ... Read More »

Baking Bites’ Pie Week 2012

Pie Week Image

As far as I’m concerned, there is no bad time for pie. There are so many variations of pie – sweet and savory, baked and chilled, fruit and chocolate – that you can find one for every season and every occasion. That said, it is very clear that fall is pie season and even people who don’t eat pie any other time of the year ... Read More »

Betty Crocker Halloween Glitter Gels, reviewed

Glitter Frankenstein Cookie

When it comes to decorating cakes and cookies, I like to keep things simple. Around the holidays, however, I usually feel the need to take some of my creations over-the-top and put more work into the decorations to make them stand out. Halloween is definitely a holiday of colors, and you’ll see orange, black, purple and green everywhere you go. That color palate is what ... Read More »

Sweet Creations 3D Halloween Cookie Cutters, reviewed

Undecorated Franken Cookies

I love the idea of 3D cookie cutters because they promise to add so much depth to an ordinary plate of cookies. This is why the Sweet Creations by Good Cook Halloween cookie cutters appealed to me the moment I saw them, and I picked up the 3D Vampire Coffin Cookie Cutter and the 3D Frankenstein Cutter to test them out. Some 3D cookie cutter ... Read More »

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 »

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