Test Kitchen

Baking and Cookie Sheets: A Review

December 9, 2014 Featured


It’s cookie-baking season, and the house is filled with cheer. But, with everything else that is going on, I want to ensure that I continue to maintain a bit of cheer when baking. Nothing can be more frustrating than taking the time to bake cookies and not have them come out properly. I want each […]

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Nutiva Coconut Manna

November 12, 2014 Purchasing


Who doesn’t like a tropical, melt-in-your-mouth treat that is good for you?  It is a pureed coconut butter, but since it is so delicious, they named it Coconut Manna. Available from Nutiva, Coconut Manna is made from pure, dried coconut flesh and can be enjoyed directly out of the jar, or used in smoothies, sauces, […]

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Slowing Down for a Breather

April 4, 2014 Featured


Most days, around 4 p.m., if I’m not heading out in the car for the remainder of the day, I pop open a bottle of wine and pour myself a glass. I have to admit that it is usually a mad rush to get the bottle uncorked, the glass poured, and then raised up to […]

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Test Kitchen: Homemade Yogurt

February 26, 2014 Test Kitchen

Homemade Blueberry Yogurt

  I have a DIY list – one that includes all those things I’d like to find the time to make myself, rather than purchase. My list includes everything from  knit sweaters and scrapbooks of my kids’ baby days, to natural home cleansers and   shampoos. When it comes to DIY in my kitchen, we’ve […]

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Putting the iCoffee SteamBrew Technology to the Test

January 29, 2014 coffee

Coffee in the morning

It was last year at about this time when I first heard the iCoffee by Remington story. It was a story that was 7 years and more than 1,200 prototypes in the making. Back in 2005, Bruce Burrows, the founder and inventor of this innovative new coffee maker began his pursuit of finding a way […]

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Wine, Crackers and Cake!

December 2, 2013 Test Kitchen

Cake That!

The past few weeks, we have had the chance to try out a few products that have made us smile. Here is a recap of what we tasted from Old World Gourmet, and how well we liked them. When the boy were out of the house, us girls got sneaky. We opened the cupboard, and […]

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Hasselback Potatoes

September 18, 2013 Test Kitchen

I’m a fan of potatoes. I love them fried, mashed, and broiled. You can top them with butter, toss them with spices, and mix them in with my casseroles — I’ll eat ’em. But, despite my love for potatoes, when you get right down to it, we don’t have potatoes too often. Instead we have […]

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Test Kitchen: The Delonghi EC860 Pump Espresso Maker

July 21, 2013 Test Kitchen

De'Lomghi EC860

Enjoying coffee is a daily ritual for so many of us, and for most of us (80%) we are enjoying that daily ritual at home. (As I write this, I’m enjoying some El Salvador Finca Las Delicias coffee from Water Avenue Coffee) I love my coffee, and have my own my own ritual of brewing […]

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A Gelato Week: Fun with DeLonghi

June 4, 2013 A Year in Our Kitchen 2013


Years ago while attending a food trade show in Parma, Italy, a colleague and I went in search to find the best gelato in the city. Italy is known for its gelato, with these small shops speckled throughout each city, town and village, all deliciously rich and creamy but we knew that there had to […]

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Decorating Fun with the OodleTip

May 15, 2013 Featured

I remember mom in the kitchen baking and decorating everything from birthday cakes to cream filled lady locks. She always had her decorator tips on hand, ready to add a pretty rosette, thin piping, or ruffled edges of frosting to just about anything. What I also remember is her frustrated searches for the proper tip […]

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