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Calphalon No Peek Waffle Maker

Pros: Non-stick, sturdy, easy to clean, large capacity, nice chime, indicator light Cons: None Rating: 5 out of 5

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Cuisipro Snap Fit Cookie Cutters

Pros: Snap together for easy storage; dishwasher safe; strong plastic Cons: Too-fine corners; won’t release dough Rating: 2 out of 5

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Emile Henry Pie Dish

Pros: Incredibly non-stick and easy to clean; sturdy; the perfect size; fluted edge; very attractive; dishwasher-safe Cons: None! Rating: 5 out of 5

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Baker's Edge Pan

Pros: Surprisingly practical; ultra-even cooking; fun shape Cons: Delicate non-stick coating Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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2007 Recommendations for Cooks

Here we are: our third annual recommendations for what to buy your favorite cook for the holidays; while I review a bit of everything, I seem to end up reviewing the widest variety in cookbooks, making it a great topic

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Late 2006 Holiday Buyers’ Guide (for cooks)

I’m afraid this year’s gift guide for cooks was way later than I intended–watching over Selene followed by a week of fever really changed my plans. I apologize, and with any luck it’ll be much earlier next year. Hopefully you’ll

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What to buy your favorite cook for the holidays: 2006 Buyers’ Guide

If your favorite cook already has plenty of the basics, one alternative is to give them something a bit different and interesting. Specialized items, or items of unusual design, are a good option.

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Holiday cooking reviews

The season for holiday cooking fast approaches. This means we’ll be intensively using cookbooks and kitchenware in our home; we often use the wild excesses of Thanksgiving cooking to help us review things for the Christmas shopping season that our

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Zojirushi NRC-10 5-cup Rice Cooker

We got ours because it’s a pain to have to deal with the rice while making the rest of dinner, and because we like odd rices that have unusual (and sometimes unpredictable) cooking times. This takes all of the guesswork out of it. When that little “keep warm” light goes on, you know your rice is done – it really is that simple!

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