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WSJ reviews mail order cupcake companies

Mail Order Cupcakes

There is nothing better than a batch of homemade cupcakes, but a dozen or so from a favorite bakery can come in at a close second – and can actually take the first place spot for those who don’t bake. Cupcake shops are still more popular than ever (especially here in LA), but that doesn’t mean that you can find one as easily as you ... Read More »

CR rates hand mixers

I have had my trusty KitchenAid hand mixer for more than a few years. In fact, I actually don’t remember when I first got it, only that it has help up very well and works well. This is a good testament to the longevity of my model, but hand mixers can actually vary a lot in size, power and their ability to get the job ... Read More »

CI tastes tests instant espresso for baking

Instant coffee is a great ingredient to have in the kitchen pantry if you like to bake. Many recipes, especially recipes involving chocolate, call for either a small amount of brewed coffee or simply for a bit of instant coffee to be added to highlight the darker chocolate notes in the recipe. It’s very convenient to be able to whip up a strong cup of ... Read More »

Pillsbury Easy Frost Frosting, reviewed

Pillsbury Easy Frost, reviewed

I was pretty skeptical when I tried Pillsbury Easy Frost Frostings because I just don’t care for store-bought frostings too much. They may be easy to use, and it is certainly convenient to have a can in the back of the pantry in case of a cake-frosting emergency, but they tend to be flat and artificial tasting. They don’t compare to the flavor of a quick ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Buttermilk Biscuits, reviewed (refrigerated)

Trader Joe's Buttermilk Biscuits

The last time I tried biscuits from Trader Joe’s, it was a disaster. Not only were the baking directions on the package terrible, the biscuits looked and tasted bad no matter what you did. Often, TJ’s stocks very good ready-make products, but perhaps bake-from-frozen biscuits were not the way to go. I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt where biscuits were ... Read More »

Ginger People Ginger Syrup, reviewed

I never get tired of maple syrup, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t like to mix it up from time to time and vary the syrups I keep in my pantry. There are some good fruit syrups out there – Raspberry, Blackberry, Blueberry, etc. – and I’ve had some good nut-infused maple syrups, too. The Ginger Syrup from The Ginger People is a little ... Read More »

Heath Bits o’ Brickle Toffee, reviewed

Heath Bits o' Toffee

When I use toffee in a recipe, like Toffee Palmiers, I usually wait until I have some big pieces of toffee around and chop them up to use. This means that I use it more around the holidays, when toffee seems to be more widely available in stores. There is an alternative to waiting for big blocks of candy to chop up and that is ... Read More »

Pillbury Simply Peanut Butter Cookies, reviewed

Pillbury Simply Peanut Butter Cookies

Homemade cookies just about always beat store bought, prepackaged cookie doughs. They’re more fun to make – especially if you’re looking for an activity to do with your kids – they’re tastier and they don’t have any strange ingredients, like preservatives, in them. The only advantage of the prepacked doughs is that they’re quicker and more convenient if you absolutely don’t have time to make ... Read More »

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