Cooking with Small Appliances

Advantages of a Toaster Oven
The toaster oven has come a long way from being a glorified toaster that simply toasts bagels and open-face cheese sandwiches to an appliance that cooks everything from a roast chicken to muffins and casseroles—dishes that have traditionally been prepared only in a standard-sized oven. Author of... More »
The Sensation that is Babycakes!
The cupcake trend has swept the nation. From specialty stores in every city to a Food Network competition, there’s no denying our taste for these adorable, individual sweet treats. Now with the Babycakes Cupcake Maker, the home cook can get in on the fun too. Endless variations of cakes and... More »
Tips on Purchasing a Food Processor
Are you one of the many people with a food processor tucked in the back of your cupboard? If so, dig it out. Seriously. I guarantee that your food processor will soon become the most versatile and useful appliance you’ve ever had in your kitchen.If you don’t have one – buy one. Or give it to... More »
The stand mixer = the ultimate baking appliance!
Because of their versatility, the stand mixer is perhaps the most integral piece of culinary equipment I own.If you already own a stand mixer, congratulations! If you are thinking about buying a stand mixer or upgrading to a more powerful model, there are some important issues to consider: What are... More »
Lemon Shortbread Cookies
You can have a batch of these fast and easy vegetarian-friendly shortbreads ready in less than 20 minutes. Your gang will love them this holiday, and your cookie swap friends will all be asking for the recipe! More »
Nutty Choco-Caramel Tarts
While these mouthwatering chocolate tarts are a delightful holiday dessert, a fabulous cookie swap recipe, and are great as a 'pick-me-up' midday snack. And they provide nutrients to support your muscles, bone and skin. More »
Microwave Peanut Brittle
Travels well, and is perfect for snacking, entertaining, gift giving, bake sales and cookie swaps! More »
Best of Bridge Hamburger Soup
This slow cooker version of one of the most popular Bridge recipes of all time is just as easy as the classic. And (sacrilege!) we’ve phased out the can of cream of tomato soup to make it tastier and healthier... More »
Salted Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate
We tried a version of this on a winter trip to New York — it’s like a melted peanut butter cup in your mug. Serve warm, topped with marshmallows or a dollop of whipped cream, if you like! More »
Plum Pudding
Here’s a lightened up version of a traditional holiday favorite. Allow a week for the mixed pudding to soak in the refrigerator. We like to serve this warm with a simple lemon sauce or store-bought lemon curd, but if you’re a traditionalist, hard sauce works well, too. More »
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