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Cook’s Illustrated reviews Canned Pumpkin

Canned Pumpkin

Pumpkin is a fall baking staple, and while you can certainly make your own puree at home with just a little bit of effort, it is far easier to stock up on canned pumpkin for your baking projects. Canned pumpkin is a very consistent and reliable product to work with and can give you great results in your recipes. Most recipes that call for pumpkin ... Read More »

The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook giveaway!

The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook

I’ve been enjoying my copy of The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook, the newest cookbook from Chris Kimball and the rest of the team at America’s Test Kitchen. The huge book has more than 2000 recipes and was put out to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Cook’s Illustrated magazine. To read a full review of the book, check out this post. To do ... Read More »

The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook

The Cook's Illustrated Cookbook

Cook’s Illustrated probably has the most devoted following of any food magazine – and for good reason. Their no-nonsense magazines each contain recipes that were exhaustively tested to ensure they represent the best result possible, as well as product and equipment reviews that you can trust. The first Cook’s Illustrated magazine hit the stands in 1992, which means that the magazine is about to celebrate ... Read More »

Gold Medal Imitation Vanilla, reviewed

Gold Medal Imitation Vanilla Extract

I use real vanilla extract and real vanilla beans when I’m baking – and I generally use a lot, because not only do I love the flavor of vanilla, but I love how it interacts with other flavors. A couple of years ago, an issue of Cook’s Illustrated (March 2009) conducted a taste test of vanilla extract and found that imitation vanilla can be just ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated tests springform pans

Springform pans

A springform pan is a type of cake pan that has removable sides. The strip of metal that makes up the sides of the pan is shaped into a ring and is held together with an adjustable latch or buckle. It can be tightened by snapping the latch into place, tightening the ring and creating a tight seal with the pan’s base. When unlatched, the ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated rates Vanilla Beans

Vanilla Beans

Vanilla beans can impart a much deeper and more complex vanilla flavor to a custard or other dessert than vanilla extract, but while any vanilla bean is better than none, not all vanilla beans offer the same flavors. They range in quality and price, and in a recent issue (July/Aug 2011) the test kitchen at Cook’s Illustrated set out to test five different brands of ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated rates Greek Yogurts

Fage Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is a fantastic ingredient to have in the kitchen. The thick and creamy yogurt is made like many other yogurts and starts with milk and active yogurt cultures, but before packaging the yogurt is thoroughly strained to remove excess whey from the yogurt and give it its rich consistency. Nonfat Greek yogurt is the most widely available variety. The tangy plain yogurt is ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated rates Food Processors

Food Processors

Food processors are an undervalued kitchen appliance, something that many of us think of as a tool for little more than chopping. They can actually be used for everything from making homemade peanut butter to whipping up cake batter and even kneading pizza dough. Cook’s Illustrated tested seven models in a recent issue to see which were up to the task and which didn’t make ... Read More »

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