Le Creuset Childrens Bakeware Set

Le Creuset

Cooking and baking together are two of the most special activities you can share with your children.  Baking is bonding.  You will make memories for years to come.

We have had several requests for a recommendation on children’s bakeware.  During most of our research, we came across bakeware sets which were just the right size but the wrong materials.  Oftentimes, manufacturers do not take baking for children seriously.  They create cheap plastic bakeware sets that will not stand up to the task.

We finally discovered a bakeware set worth recommending: the Childrens Bakeware Set by Le Creuset.  Le Creuset consistently scores high marks with us because the company makes great, high-quality products that are well-designed and will last for years to come.

The Children’s Bakeware Set by Le Creuset will teach your children to share the joy of cooking and baking by giving them hands-on experience “just like Mommy!”.

The Childrens Bakeware Set contains a mixing bowl, mini spoon, mini spatula, and six silicone baking cups.  The bowl is just the right size for little hands.  The set also contains durable recipe cards with easy-to-make yet delicious recipes your children will love to make, eat, and share.  This Children’s Bakeware Set is truly brilliant in design and function.  It comes in pink or blue.

You can find it here at www.lecreuset.com.

Rating: 5 Stars!  Best!

We highly recommend it!

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Candy and Deep Fry Thermometer By CDN

The holidays are fast approaching…Halloween, Thanksgiving, and before you know it, Christmas!  We’ll all be baking turkeys and making delicious holiday confections.  So we want to recommend a product that will be essential for this time of the year: a Candy and Deep Fry Thermometer.

Few moments are more thrilling than spending time with your children enjoying making candy and other confections together. Yet have you ever known the elation-turned-devastation of making candy or fudge sauce only to have it turn into a river of goo rather than an enjoyably edible confection?

If you get a Candy and Deep Fry Thermometer, it will ensure that your confections will turn out great.

And what about all that cooking you’re going to do?

‘It’s safe to bite when the temperature is right!” ~ U.S.D.A. Food Safety Tip

But how do you know when the temp is right?  Get a Candy and Deep Fry Thermometer.  This is a household cooking essential that no cook can afford to be without.  If you have ever had food poisoning from undercooked food, you know what we mean!

We have a recommendation for you to ensure accurate cooking every time: the ProAccurate Candy and Deep Fry Thermometer by CDN.  This thermometer is a straightforward, easy-to-use thermometer that gently clips to the side of the pot you are using.  It’s waterproof, shatterproof, and even contains a protective sheath.  We recommend it.



  • Instrument Range: 100 to 400°F
  • NSF® approved
  • 1.75″/4.4 cm dial
  • 7″/17.8 cm stem
  • Waterproof; shatterproof
  • For candy, jelly, deep-frying, meats, poultry, yeasts & dough
  • Polycarbonate lens
  • Target range indication
  • Color-coded scale
  • Stainless steel housing
  • Recalibratable
  • Calibration tool on sheath
  • Sheath can be used as handle extension
  • Pocket clip
  • Adjustable stainless steel clip

You can find it here at www.cdn-timeandtemp.com.


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Best Crepe Pan Set


Le Creuset Crepe Set

Delectable every time…The perfect crepe pan makes perfect crepes.  The perfect crepe mix makes the perfection complete! The question we had: where can we find one?

We are excited to announce that Le Creuset recently launched the new Le Creuset Crepe Set.  Le Creuset partnered with Charleston Crepe Company to make a great combination.  Le Creuset’s 11: Nonstick Crepe Pan is made of hard-anodized aluminum which heats quickly and effectively to cook crepes to exact perfection.  The crepe pan comes with a wooden crepe spreader to make crepes thin and smooth.  In our test kitchen, the Nonstick Crepe Pan received the highest marks available in the five-star category.

Charleston Crepe Company’s Classic Crepe Mix adds Southern flare to a longstanding gourmet tradition.  When we tested the crepe mix, we found it to be exactly what we were looking for: light, suitable for sweet or savory crepes, and all natural.

We recommend Le Creuset’s Crepe Set as the Best Crepe Pan Set on the market today.  We believe it will make a great gift for the holidays, weddings, birthdays, and anytime, really.  The Crepe Set is a gift that keeps on giving.  It will last for years to come.

Rating: 5 Stars!  Best!

You can find it here at www.LeCreuset.com.


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Best Chopping Knife

Kuhn Rikon Kulu Knife

If you are looking for no-fuss chopping, we recommend the Kulu Herb and Vegetable Knife by Kuhn Rikon.  This knife has an innovative design which provides ergonomic comfort and enables rounded, natural cutting action.  In short, it is the easiest knife we have found for chopping.

We tested this knife with a variety of ingredients: fresh herbs, vegetables, and nuts.  It transformed chopping from a chore into an accomplishment!   It cut the herbs into beautiful slices or chopped them as we desired.

Our favorite use: chopping pecans and other nuts for baking.  Although several electric “choping and blending” machines claim to have chopping capabilities, we have found that most electric choppers pulverize nuts, reducing them to a mixture of a few chopped nuts, mostly ground nuts, and a fine powder, rather than only chopping them.

Some things are done best by hand!  That’s why we love the Kulu. We placed pecans in a flat-bottomed, round-edged stainless steel bowl and chopped them with the Kulu.  The Kulu allowed us to control the quality of the chopped nuts and achieve the results we were looking for.

We highly recommend it!

You can find the Kulu here at www.KuhnRikon.com.

Rating: 5-Stars!  Best!

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Best Knife Sharpener

Pro Edge Elite Knife Sharpener

The best knives are sharp ones.  That’s why every serious cook knows that you need a great knife sharpener to keep your knives at their best.  We recently tested the Pro Edge Elite Electric Knife Sharpener by Edgeware.  The Pro Edge Elite is a diamond and ceramic electric knife sharpener.  It will work wonders on every knife in your drawer.

Described as “the world’s most advanced knife sharpener”,  Edgeware’s Pro Edge Elite certainly lives up to its title.  The Pro Edge Elite sharpens with maximum effectiveness and efficiency. Furthermore, it only shaves off a minimal amount of metal.

In our testing and review, we found Edgeware’s claims to be true to the test.  Our favorite quality of this knife sharpener is that it sharpens both sides of the knife at the same time.  When you have one of these, you will be able to say goodbye to the old days of manual knife sharpening.

This electric knife sharpener is designed to sharpen a wide variety of knives, whether alloy, stainless steel, or carbon.  However, it is important to note that it will not sharpen serrated, single beveled, or ceramic knives.

It is called a “diamond and ceramic knife sharpener” because the diamond and ceramic wheels each play a vital role in knife sharpening, not because it sharpens ceramic knives.  The diamond wheels sharpen the knives and the ceramic wheels polish them.

Find it here at www.edgewareproducts.com

Rating: 5 Stars!  Best!


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Best Stainless Steel Bowls

Best Mixing Bowls

As you know by now, we at Best Of The Best love to cook and prepare delicious meals for our families. One of the reasons we love cooking so much is that we have the proper tools to make it easy. Simply put, if you have the proper kitchen tools and utensils, you can prepare any dish from any recipe and enjoy it. We have tried a variety of mixing bowls,

One cooking item we cannot be without is our Stainless Steel Bowls from Tramontina. The stackable sizes make for easy storage, while at the same time, giving us the right size mixing bowl for any kind of preparation. Whether tuna salad, a casserole, or a two-layer cake, we have the right sized mixing bowl to make it easy on us. The high quality of Tramontina products assures us that we will have a good-quality set of mixing bowls for years to come that are easy to wash, easy to use, and easy to store. They certainly qualify as a Best Of The Best Top-Rated product, so we have awarded them with a “Top Rated Product 2010” award. You can find these great bowls and more at www.Tramontinausa.com.

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Cookware and Bakware Must-Haves In 2011

Le Creuset Square Casserole with Lid 3 q

If you are looking for great cookware that you can use day to day and pass on from generation to generation, we recommend Le Creuset.  Since 1925, Le Creuset has been making high-quality cookware that serious cooks prefer.  We use their tri-ply stainless steel pots and pans in our test kitchen on a regular basis.

We recently tested the Le Creuset Square Casserole with Lid (3 qt.)  in white.  This dish is suitable to bake most anything.  We made a parmesean roasted garlic broccoli and new potato casserole.  The Le Creuset stoneware cooked the casserole to perfection. White dishes always give food the best presentation.

Find out more about Le Creuset’s excellent line of products at www.LeCreuset.com.  We assure you that you won’t be disappointed!

Rating: 5-Stars!  Best!

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