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12 Things You Can Do with Silicone Muffin Cups (Besides Bake Muffins)

I love thinking outside the box—or bowl, or spoon, or whatever—when it comes to kitchen gadgets and tools. Many common gadgets have uses beyond what they're sold for, and it makes them so much more valuable than those one-trick gadgets that you seldom use. Silicone muffin cups are a prime example. Sure, we know they can be used for baking muffins and cupcakes. But what else could they be used for? More

Gadgets: Put Training Wheels on Your Rolling Pin

Have you ever run into a recipe that required you to roll dough to a specific thickness? Do you actually measure, or do you eyeball it and hope for the best? Sure, with a lot of practice, you can probably gauge a 1/4 inch thickness, or at least get pretty darn close. Or you can do the sensible thing and cheat; put training wheels on your rolling pin, if you will. More

Gadgets: A Pair of Tools for Pepper Prep

Is there any fruit or vegetable that doesn't have its own special tool? (In case you were wondering, that's a rhetorical question.) And peppers have the Progressive Pepper Corer Duo ($9.69), which is actually a set of two tools, paired to core and seed peppers of all shapes and sizes. The larger corer works on bell peppers and the like, while the smaller handles jalapeños, serranos, and other diminutive varieties. More

Gadgets: Get Your Garnish on With the Mastrad Spiral Veggie Slicer

If you're itching to make fancy zucchini fettuccine, but you don't want to commit to a spiral slicing machine, the Mastrad Spiral Veggie Slicer ($14.99) may just be your new best friend. Yes, okay, I'm sure Chef Morimoto could carve zucchini into ribbons with a chef's knife, but normal mortals probably need some sort of a tool. The advantage of this one over a spiral-cutting machine is that it's small and simple, and the pieces nest together for more compact storage. More

Gadgets: Give Your Canning Jars New Purpose With the Sip & Straw

Is there anything worse than reaching for that frosty glass of lemonade on a warm day, only to find a recently-airborne critter doing the backstroke in your drink? Well, yeah, I can tell you what's worse. Taking a gulp, then realizing there was a swimmer in the pool. A sports bottle or an insulated travel mug with a lid solves the problem when it's just you in the back yard, but when you're hosting a barbecue, maybe you'd like something a little more festive for the mojitos and margaritas. Enter the Sip & Straw More

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