Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Gift Ideas - Part II

Do you know how versatile a muffin tin is? Do you? Yes, you can make muffins all day long but there are so many other things you can do with it...cupcakes, mini quiche, individual meat loaf, mac and cheese, cheesecake, and for thanksgiving, you can make individual servings of stuffing, potatoes au gratin...the possibilities are endless. The muffin tin is a staple in most houses but I ABSOLUTELY HATE cleaning and scrubbing all of the burnt little bits off the sides so that the nonstick status of my tin will continue to stay "nonstick."

This relatively new product is a cooks best friend. No more soaking overnight and scrubbing the sides for hours at a time. Just pop the muffins right out! Make sure you get a rack (sled) to go underneath it though...I ended up getting one without a rack to hold the pan straight and the pan flops over so I have to use 2 hands to pull it out of the oven everytime.

At Bed, Bath and Beyond they are $10-$13 depending on what size you get. And since those are so cheap, don't stop there, loaf pans, cake pans, baking sheets, utensils (Amazing!), bundt pans. There are so many silicone products out there. And don't forget to use that $5 off coupon that you always get in the mail but forget to use. Target also has several different sets in several different colors as well.

Also, check Amazon. They have lots of interesting products I haven't seen anywhere else.


Amanda said...

Mac & Cheese, that's interesting in the cupcake pans!!

Brooke said...

While I haven't made these myself, Giada makes mac and cheese cupcakes...here's the link.

However, I have made them in ramekins. Layer cooked noodles and cheese twice, top with a little milk and microwave for a quick snack. YUM!

Happy Thanksgiving!