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  A list of some of my very favorite equipment (the best
of the best kitchen tested) and the links to purchase them
  New mini-recipe collections in the form of e-cookbooks for sale
  Magazine articles by me and about me you might find of interest
Check back often as I will list new items from time to time.
  Tools
 
SAF Instant Yeast Red - 16 OZ.
SAF-instant yeast is suitable for all kinds of bread-making processes from mixing by hand, to mixer and bread machine. SAF-instant is recognized as a world leading brand in the instant dried yeast market thanks to its many benefits where quality and performance are concerned. This is my yeast of choice. Store in it's original bag, inside a sealed ziploc freezer bag, in the refrigerator or freezer up to a year.
 
Old Stone Oven Baking Stone
This is the baking stone I use in my home electric oven. It is the best! It is reminiscent of the stone baking ovens which is used for baking pizza or country breads directly on the stone. Over 30 years ago the Old Stone Oven Company first introduced the baking store for home use and it is still the best. Thicker than other stones available, it has a porosity and heat retention that is perfect for a good crust. The Stone can also be used to bake bread, rolls and biscuits on a metal baking sheet directly on the stone, giving them a very special texture and quality. You dont need the pizza paddle, but the stone is a must for artisan baking. It will discolor in time and you can even leave it in the oven on the lowest rack all the time.
 
Cambro Round Food Storage Container Sets
My favorite 6-quart plastic rising buckets. The best plastic buckets for raising dough and storing in the refrigerator as well. This encourages the dough to rise up rather than spread flat. Good for storing flour as well.
 
Tufty Ceramics - Standard Bread Pan (G)
The Standard Size Terra Cotta Bread Pan (the medium pan in the photograph) 10 1/2" by 5 1/4", 2 3/4" High from Tufty Ceramics is the "Beth Hensperger" bread pan. It is the most superlative clay bread pan available and the bread that comes out of the pans is remarkable. For more detailed information on the bread pans, see Beth's Blog.
 
The Danish Dough Whisk
The Danish Dough Whisk comes in 2 sizes, 15-inch and 11 1/4-inches. It is an ergonomically designed flat mixing whisk like nothing you have ever used before. It combines the efficiency of a traditional whisk and a spoon and looks like a fly swatter. It is the most efficient mixing tool in my repertoire. It mixes everything from a yeast batter by hand to muffins, quick breads, pancake batter, cookie batter, and starters. Once you use the Danish Dough Whisk, you will never need another hand mixing tool for your batters and doughs. It is as sturdy as can be with a wooden handle and stainless wire beater. I have never seen this offered any where but through King Arthur Catalog.
 
Hodgson Mill Vital Wheat Gluten
Gluten is a natural substance occuring in wheat and it adds essential body and volume to bread machine loaves, which are vigorously kneading mechanically. Most bread machine recipes, especially with whole grain flours, will have some gluten added for this purpose. The general equation is to add 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of vital wheat gluten per cup of flour depending on the gluten content (bread flour needs less, heavier whole wheat and non-gluten flours need more) to make a high rising loaf, light-textured loaf. Vital wheat gluten is readily available in the flour section at the supermarket, but I order from Hodgson's Mill as they have an exceptional gluten fortified with Vitamin C, which is powerful stuff just like the pros use in bakeries. Vital wheat gluten is not the same as gluten flour; it is a more concentrated form so take care to note the difference.
  Appliances
 
Breadman Bread Machine
Breadman/Salton has advanced quickly in the bread machine market with tremendously user-friendly machines that have a full range of features and consistently make beautiful loaves. I wouldnt be without my Breadboy. Breadman has always had a great digital screen, but now it is even better with a LCD touch-activated guide that lets you know what part of the cycle you are on. It has a memory bank not only for recipes, but nutrition guide and self-help program and as new models come out, there are more and easier to use features. The machine I am currently using is the Williams Sonoma Grande Cuisine manufactured by Breadman (they have shifted to selling All Clad). There is a fruit and nut "extras" dispenser, but I never use it because it only has a capacity of 1/2 cup and it is easy enough to pop in my extras at the start of the Knead 2 cycle. It has a lifetime guarantee, which I wonder if I am going to need, since this machine is a real workhorse. The second choice would be a bread machine by Zojirushi, which has a different design with a horizontal loaf instead of a high loaf.
 
Hamilton Beach 6-quart Oval Slow Cooker
There are slow cookers and there are slow cookers. I happen to love Hamilton Beach/Proctor Silex machines and own multiples. This is the bells and whistles 6-quart oval model designed for all-purpose large quanitity cooking. I love this! The features on it are fantastic and it has a digital control panel instead of the manual low/high/keep warm knob. There is a probe setting to insert into your meat and it will monitor the cooking process until the meat has reached the desired temperature. It then automatically switches to a low setting to keep your meal warm until you are ready to eat. Another awesome feature is the clip-tight gasket lid. It's perfect for traveling to pot-luck dinners without worrying that you will ruin the upholstery in your car from a spill. There are a host of slow cookers in their line that still have the manual knob if you prefer that and I am now loving my model with the crock that can be removed and used stovetop for browning. These appliances just keep getting more efficient every year.
 
Proctor Silex 1 1/2-quart Oval Slow Cooker
I fell in love with the small oval Proctor Silex slow cooker the first time I used it. While the machine is small, it is perfect for 1 or 2 people and the oval size fits more than the round. The stoneware crock is glazed so well it is almost non-stick and looks beautiful. If you're looking for a small slow cooker for dips, appetizers, one chicken breast, four chicken thighs, a small meatloaf or small batch chili, this is it. It's got two of the most important features to look for in a slow cooker, a removable crock and a keep warm setting. I don't know why, but these features are kind of hard to find on smaller crock pots and many are still just on and off by putting the plug in. The 1.5 oval has the multiple settings on the manual knob. Alternately I have the Proctor Silex 3-quart oval and go back and forth between the two.
 
Zojirushi's NS-ZCC10 Rice Cooker
Zojirushi's NS-ZCC10 Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker and Warmer has advanced Neuro Fuzzy logic digital technology. The marketing promo for this rice cooker says it prepares perfect rice every time. It's the truth. This is the rice cooker I am using at present the last few years. I wouldn't consider a day in the kitchenwithout my Zo. I adore the Neuro Fuzzy features. It looks complicated, but it is most certainly not. You choose the type of rice, press on and the machine does the rest, including keep warm for hours. Now that I am used to a digital rice cooker, I would never go back to the on/off style. The unit's black, thick, spherical inner pan, which allows for spherical heating, provides a sophisticated Dupont Teflon nonstick coating. There are stay-cool side handles make the inner cooking pan simple to remove for quick cleanup. Multi-menu selections include many different types of rice including white, sushi, mixed, porridge, sweet, semi-brown, brown, rinse-free, and quick cooking.
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Here you will find a selection of mini cookbooks for purchase in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. This should briefly describe what this section is all about.     Click here for purchasing instructions
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March 1985
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October 1989
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