February 2010

Full Moon Brownies with Wattleseed Ice Cream

Full Moon Brownies with Wattleseed Ice Cream

from Whipped

It's the full moon today :)

Recipe: Full Moon Brownies with Wattleseed Ice Cream

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The Best Brownie Pan

The Best Brownie Pan

Norpro 8-Inch Stainless Steel Cake Pan (buy it here)

The perfect pan for brownies and more. This heavy duty stainless steel pan will last for years - and is parrot-friendly + healthier than teflon coated pans. Great price for high-quality bakeware too. Check out what Christine said after getting hers:

"I absolutely love this pan. It makes perfect brownies everytime. It bakes evenly. It cleans up easily. Stainless Steel is better than non-stick anyday! " (quote from amazon.com)

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Maple-Pecan Shortbread

Maple-Pecan Shortbread

With the Olympics going on in Canada right now, these mega-maple cookies make the perfect tribute to the True North strong and free (+ it's almost maple syrup season).

Recipe: Maple-Pecan Shortbread

More Marvelous Maple Recipes:
Glazed Maple-Pecan Oatmeal Scones
Maple Nut Upside-Down Cake
Maple Coconut Blondies
Maple Almond Butter Cookies (healthy + vegan)
Martha Stewart's Maple Cupcakes with Maple Frosting

Top-Notch Processor

KitchenAid KFPM770 Food Processor, Brushed Nickel

KitchenAid KFPM770 Food Processor, Brushed Nickel (buy it here)

Now THIS is a food processor. This is what I want to make pumpkin pies with, apple crumbles with, nutty shortbreads with... The 12-cup capacity and 700-watt motor can handle it. I want to see the morning sun shine through my kitchen window, and reflect on the beautiful clean brushed nickel - beckoning me to make fresh almond butter to slather on my toast. Here's what one happy owner says:

"This is a TOP-OF-THE-LINE product.... beautiful to look at, unlike so many other processors.... ease of use and cleaning is unbelievable and it slices, grates, chops, and dices in a matter of split-seconds. It is remarkable quiet for a food processor, very sturdy, and easy to use." (quote from amazon.com)

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Monster Cookie Remix

Monster Cookie Remix

Similar to classic monster cookies, these cookies have been remixed into a whole grain dairy-free (healthy) treat that's quick and easy to make - and customizable. :)

Cool Rack

Cool Rack

CIA Masters Collection 12 Inch x 17 Inch Wire Cooling Rack, Chrome Plate Steel

The ever-important cooling rack. Prevents cookies and goods from getting over-baked, soggy, deformed - keeps crusts crusty. Ever try cooling cookies on a plate? I have. Not good. I've tried cooling cookies on oven racks: the bars are too far apart - what a mess. I've balanced scones together on a plate to form little tipi-like structures... arg.

I checked-out many racks, and this is the one to get. Easy to clean (dishwasher-safe), sturdy and strong, oven-safe (you can roast on these), fits jellyroll and half sheet pans perfectly. The cheaper non-stick racks are flimsy, hard to clean and rust.

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New Cherry Clafoutis

New Cherry Clafoutis

Classic cherry clafoutis (with cherry pits) demystified and remixed into 2 delectable easy-to-make wheat-free recipes.

Lookin Fly in Black and White Stripes

Lookin Fly in Black and White Stripes

Chef Works CSBA-BCS Chalk Stripe Bib Apron with Pockets, 34-1/4-Inch Length by 27-Inch Width, Black/White (buy it here)

A slick apron for him or her - great price too. Dark colors + patterns help disguise muck. Get two and match your sweetie, or have an extra apron around for guests who want to help in the kitchen. ;-)

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Tahini Oatmeal Walnut Cookies

Tahini Oatmeal Walnut Cookies

These sweet honey cookies from Jane Kinderlehrer's book "Smart Cookies" are delicious! They're so quick and easy to make too, a one bowl and one spoon deal. They can easily be made vegan (by subbing the honey with agave) as well as gluten-free (if you use gluten-free oats).

My Favorite Silicone Mat

My Favorite Silicone Mat

Silpat 11-5/8-by-16-1/2-Inch Nonstick Silicone Baking Mat (buy it here)

From the upper eshilon of baking mats, this is one of the best. This high-quality heavy-duty easy-to-clean baking mat is a kitchen essential. Besides its almost magical non-stick baking surface, it can also be used to make candy and roll dough. I've been using mine for over 3 years now, and it still looks like new. Bye bye greasy cookie sheets and creepy aerosol butter sprays - hello perfectly baked cookies.

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