Cold winter weather prompts many of us to spend extra time in the kitchen cooking and baking, but the springtime might be even better baking weather. As things warm up, all kinds of things come in to season and that makes me want to bake even more. If you’ve been experimenting with some springtime recipes, you should consider entering your creations in Rodelle’s Spring Sweepstakes. This contest is sponsored by Rodelle – my favorite producer of vanilla, as well as other amazing baking ingredients – and by KitchenAid. The grand prize winner will receive a KitchenAid® 5-qt. Stand Mixer & an incredible gift set of Rodelle’s gourmet baking ingredients.
I’m extra excited about the contest because everyone who enters will get access to Baking’s Best Basics, a great recipe app that I worked with Rodelle and KitchenAid to create! The app should work on any mobile device and features lots of go-to recipes for everyday baking, putting great basics at your fingertips for every occasion. I can’t wait for all of you to try out those recipes for yourselves – but entering the contest is the only way to access the download at the moment, so submit those spring recipes!
The contest runs until May 31st, and you can enter via the entry form on Rodelle’s site, where you can also get the full rules for the contest. Unlike some other contests, this one encourages photos and videos of entries, so don’t forget to snap a picture of your creation.
It is very handy to have tablets like iPads around in the kitchen. You can easily watch demo videos and access recipes from your favorite websites without having to print them out. The only problem with using an iPad in the kitchen is that it is quite an expensive cookbook and there is always a risk of spilling something on it or coating it with flour or sugar while you’re working. These kinds of stains always make traditional cookbooks look like they’re referenced often because they have great recipes inside – but they are less charming on a tablet that costs hundreds of dollars. You can use stands and mounts to keep your tablets visible while keeping them out of harm’s way – but when the screen goes dark, you really do need to touch it to bring it back to life.
So, in addition to that stand, you will want to use something like Williams-Sonoma Smart Tools iPad Screen Shields. These screen shields were developed by Williams Sonoma to allow modern cooks to get closer to one of their favorite new kitchen tools. They affix to the regular iPad screen to protect them from grease, water and anything else that might get on them while you’re cooking. The shields are clear and anti-glare, so it is easy to read the screen through them, and you can also use the touch features of the tablet without worrying about fingerprints. They’re removable and reusable, so you can peel it right off and give it a good wipe down before the next time you need it, leaving your iPad looking like new.