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Top 10 Essentials You Need for the Kitchen

Top 10 Essentials You Need for the Kitchen

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Hi, Ya’ll, today I am going to share with you the “Top 10 Essentials You Need for Your Kitchen.” After reading this post, I will have your kitchen prepped and ready for all of your baking and cooking needs. So, are you ready to find out what they are? Let’s go!


1. Knives and Cutting Board Set

The EatNeat 12 Piece Kitchen Knife Set With Cutting Board

The EatNeat 12-Piece Kitchen Knife Set with Cutting Board- Speed up your cooking and baking with this set that comes with all the knives you will need to cut, slice, dice, and chop. When you are not using the knives, they come with sheaths to keep them protected.


2. Pots and Pans Set

Amazon Basics Non-Stick 15-Piece Cookware Set

Amazon Basics Non-Stick 15-Piece Cookware Set– You will get 15-Pieces when you get this awesome cookware set. The non-stick coating will be easy to clean, and stay-cool handles so you won’t get burned. Plus you get a set of utensils.


3. Chopping Tool

Fullstar All-in-1 Vegetable Chopper, Mandoline Slicer & Cheese Grater

Fullstar All-in-1 Vegetable Chopper, Mandoline Slicer & Cheese Grater– If you do a lot of chopping, grating, slicing, etc., then you are going to love this tool! This product has five interchangeable blades that will meet all of your slicing, grating, and chopping needs.


4. Blender

Ninja BL770 Mega Kitchen System, 1500W

Ninja BL770 Mega Kitchen System, 1500W– With this blender, you are bringing versatility into your kitchen. With the Ninja BL770 Mega Kitchen System, you can process foods, create single servings of your favorite smoothies, make cookies, drinks, dips, and more.


5. Coffee Maker

Cuisinart DCC-3200P1 PerfecTemp 14 Cup Coffee Maker

Cuisinart DCC-3200P1 PerfecTemp 14 Cup Coffee Maker- With this coffee machine you can feel confident that you will receive the perfect cup of coffee every time. You can feel good knowing when you offer your guest a cup of coffee, that it will be the perfect temperature and flavor.


6. Iced Tea Maker

Mr. Coffee TM75 Iced Tea Maker

Mr. Coffee TM75 Iced Tea Maker– This tea maker will give a whole new meaning to a “delicious glass of iced tea”, and it’s not just for brewed iced tea, you can also make your favorite iced coffee with the Mr. Coffee TM75 Iced Tea Maker. You can use tea bags or loose tea. The choice is yours!


7. Dutch Oven

Amazon Basics Enameled Cast Iron Covered Dutch Oven

Amazon Basics Enameled Cast Iron Covered Dutch Oven- Every baker needs a cast iron dutch oven. I have one and I love mine. Not only do I use it for casseroles, but I love to cook beans, peas, and stews as well. To me, it gets food done in half the time and this will give you more time to spend with family.


8. Casserole Dishes with Lids

Micro 8-Piece Deep Glass Baking Dish Set with Plastic Lids

Micro 8-Piece Deep Glass Baking Dish Set with Plastic Lids- Every baker needs casserole dishes. I use mine all of the time for spaghetti, lasagna, casseroles, brownies, meats, chicken, etc. These elegant casserole dishes are made of high-quality borosilicate multifunctional glass.


9. Hand-Held Mixer

Lord Eagle Hand Mixer Electric, 400W Power handheld Mixer

Lord Eagle Hand Mixer Electric, 400W Power handheld Mixer- Stand mixers are a must-have as well, but a good handheld mixer is great for smaller jobs. Great for mixing up cakes, cookies, puddings, egg tarts, pizza, and more. The Lord Eagle Electric Hand Mixer is great for beginners learning how to use a mixer. Do you know why? Because they find it less intimidating.


10. Toaster

Cuisinart CPT-142BK 4-Slice Compact Plastic Toaster, Black

Cuisinart CPT-142BK 4-Slice Compact Plastic Toaster, Black- All kitchens need a toaster. I love the ones with the 4-slices because it is more convenient if you need to toast more than 2 slices of bread at a time. The Cuisinart CPT-142BK 4-Slice Compact Plastic Toaster, Black will be an awesome addition to your kitchen. It not only toasts bread, but it can accommodate thick bagels as well. With this lovely toaster, you can reheat, defrost, and bagel controls to meet all of your toasting needs.


I hope you enjoyed exploring the “Top 10 Essentials You Need for the Kitchen.” It is sure to be something for everyone and maybe some things you never thought you needed. These are all excellent products to add to your kitchen baking arsenal so you can get the job done more efficiently.

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🍰

donna@bakingwithdonna.com

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12 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for the Baker in Your Life

Happy Mother's Day

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Well, it’s that time of year again…Mother’s Day is right around the corner. I know some of you are probably saying, “How did this sneak up on me?”😳 We got your back.

After all, it’s a day to celebrate all the mamas in our lives. So as we think about ways to celebrate each other, let’s start with the mamas who love to bake Instead of you scrambling, trying to figure out what to get those special ladies in your life, we’ve got gift ideas that are sure to please. Check out these twelve Mother’s Day gift ideas for the baker in your life. Enjoy!😊


1.  Ninja Master Prep Professional

Ninja Master Prep Professional

I already had my eye on this item and was lucky enough to receive it as a gift. I use it every day for making smoothies and sauces. You will be amazed at how well it works. It is so easy to use and clean. You can put it right into your dishwasher. It comes with a 40-oz processing bowl, plus lids, blades, and splash guards for all 3. The Ninja Master crushes ice, chops, and blends 2x faster so you can get the job done.


2. The Pampered Chef Large Metal Serving Spatula

The Pampered Chef Large Metal Serving Spatula

This is a kitchen tool that every baker should own. They’re great for lifting cakes, cookies, casseroles, and more out of the pan. I found one on Amazon for $26.99! Easily serve a hearty helping of cheesy lasagna, crisp pizza, and moist cake. Its solid handle is durable and comfortable. It has a 5″ beveled-edge blade and it is dishwasher safe.


3. Amazon Silicone Baking Mats

Silicone Mats

Silicone baking mats are great for baking cookies, tarts, and other treats due to their non-stick quality. No need to spray with oil before using and eliminates the need for parchment paper. Food will slide right off the silicone mats with no problem. Safe to use in ovens up to 480 degrees F.


4. OXO Good Grips Pastry Blender


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OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Dough Blender and Cutter

If the baker in your life is tired of using a fork to cut butter into flour, then, she’ll love this pastry blender! I have one and I love this thing. It is so much better than using a fork. I bought myself an antique one at an antique store for $1.50. So, ditch the fork and get the baker in your life a dough blender. Get yourself one too!


5. Cookie Stamps

Nordic Ware Heirloom Cookie Stamps

The baker in your life will love using cookie stamps to create fun designs on cookies. These cookie stamps create beautiful designs on your cookies with several different designs to choose from.


6. Handheld Mixer

Lilpartner Hand Held Mixer

Although a handheld mixer is not as powerful as a stand mixer, it’s easier to store and transport than large appliances. Sometimes you just need a smaller mixer for smaller jobs, like brownies, cookies, macaroons, etc. without dragging out the bigger mixer.


7. Mixing Bowls

7 Piece Mixing Bowls with Lids for Kitchen, YIHONG

Stainless steel mixing bowls are so easy to clean, and they hold up well over time. The baker in your life would love to have this 7 Piece Stainless Steel bowl set with 7 different sizes and lids included.


8. Digital Kitchen Scale

Nicewell Food Scale, 22lb Digital Kitchen Scale

The baker in your life will love using a digital kitchen scale to measure ingredients accurately when baking so that she can create bakes that meet her expectations without fail time after time.


9. Emojoy 15 Piece Kitchen Knife Set

Knife Set, Emojoy 15 Piece Kitchen Knife Set with Block Wooden

Your mom would love this All-in-One complete knife set. Made with german Stainless Steel that is dishwasher safe, rustproof, and will last her for many years to come. The knife set comes in 3 beautiful colors: Red, Blue, and Black.


10. Recipe Binder, 3 Ring Full Page Organizer Kit

Complete 3 Ring Binder Recipe Kit

This is a lovely recipe book that any baker would love to have. It comes with 16 Dividers, 32 Labels, and 50 Plastic Sleeves. It also comes with useful information for daily baking and cooking. Plus, it has laminated materials that are splash-proof.


11. Eleven Piece Measuring Cups and Spoons Set

11 Piece Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons and Cups Set

This is an elegant Measuring Cup and Spoon Set that every baker needs in their kitchen. This set comes in multiple sizes to meet your baking needs. Sturdy and durable with an elegant design that is dishwasher safe.


12. 20 Piece Complete Cake Baking Set

20 Piece Complete Cake Baking Set

This is a beautiful starter kit for the new beginner or a mom that wants to update their baking and kitchen supplies. She is sure to be thrilled to get this 20 Piece Complete Baking Set. This baking kit will save you lots of money and time. It comes with everything you need to start your baking off right.


There you have it, “12 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for the Baker in Your Life.” You are sure to find something for that special lady in your life called your “Mom.”

To all the Mothers out there, “Happy Mother’s Day!” I hope you have a blessed and wonderful day! You deserve it!😘

Donna Kennedy🌻🌼🌷🍰

donna@bakingwithdonna.com

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How to Make Yummy Homemade Biscuits

Yummy Homemade Biscuits
Yummy Homemade Biscuits

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Hey, Ya’ll! Have you always wanted to bake fresh homemade biscuits, but were afraid to try? No worries because I have gotcha covered.

Making homemade biscuits takes me back to my childhood days. I remember my mom fixing homemade biscuits on the weekends when I was a little girl. I couldn’t wait for her to get the dough mixed up and the biscuits cut out and put on the pan and into the oven. I swear I can smell them cooking now! She would put real butter inside those yummy biscuits. After the butter was all melted, then she would call us to come and eat breakfast and we would put grape jelly, apple butter, or apple jelly inside those b-i-s-c-u-i-t-s and honey we would eat like we had right mind!! Of course, we had to have bacon or sausage to go with the biscuits as well.🤤 Ok, back to reality!

Now that I have you nice and hungry, I am going to share with you “How to Make Yummy Homemade Biscuits.” You can do this!

Baking biscuits is very easy and doesn’t take much time. As a Southern girl, I love my bread and sweets! You know, it’s a Southern Thang, ya’ll.

Now, to make all the sweet and savory goodness possible, we need some tools that are good quality and that will last a long time. A heavy-duty stand mixer makes all the difference when baking yummy homemade biscuits. I know they can be expensive, but they are worth their weight in gold.

Of course, if you prefer you can do like I use to do and mix everything up with your hands. That’s what my oldest granddaughter loves to do (she just turned 11). She says she likes to get her hands in there and mix it up real good. I use to, but my hands won’t let me do that anymore. ☹️


1. Tools for Baking Biscuits

KitchenAid Stand Mixer
KitchenAid Stand Mixer
  • As I have said before I love my KitchenAid Stand Mixer. For me it is a life saver and time saver. When I make my biscuits, I also use a “dough blender” before I use my dough hook on my KitchenAid. This helps to get the butterflavored crisco mixed into the flour before I add the other ingredients.

Spring Chef Dough Blender

The Dough Blender is excellent for blending Crisco sticks or butter into your dough before using your dough hook on your stand mixer. I have a dough blender that I really love. It is old and I bought it at an antique store close to me for about $1.50 a couple of years ago. You can use a fork to do this, but personally, I like the dough blender better. You won’t have to work as hard to get the job done.

2. Get Yo Self a Good Recipe

Biscuit Recipe

Get yourself a good recipe for biscuits. This is a very important step to baking yummy soft and flakey biscuits. I have got your back on this one as well. I have a recipe that is soooo yummy. For my yummy biscuit recipe go here>>>Southern Buttermilk Biscuits<<< This is the only recipe you will ever need!🤤


3. Follow the Recipe

Follow The Recipe

I know I have said this before and I am saying it again, follow the recipe! It is the most important step of all. If you do this one simple step, it will save you much time and money and you will go on to be a wonderful baker with any dish you want to create.


4. Gather the Ingredients

Gather The Ingredients
Gather the Ingredients

Get your White Lily Self-Rising Unbleached Flour, (or whatever flour you use), Butter Flavored Crisco Stick(s), Whole Buttermilk, and real butter to melt and put on top of biscuits and inside of them.


5. Measure the Ingredients

Measure Out Your Ingredients
Measure Out Your Ingredients

It’s better to go ahead and measure out everything before you start the mixing process. This helps to save you time and ensures that you are following the recipe correctly and makes mistakes less likely to happen. Trust me, once you start doing this process, it will become second nature to you and you will be glad that you did.


6. Mixing Everything Together

KitchenAid Stand Mixer With Dough Hook
KitchenAid Stand Mixer with Dough Hook

Now comes the best part, mixing it all together one ingredient at a time. First, you want to pour the measured out White Lily Self-Rising Unbleached flour into your mixing bowl, Second, add the butter flavored Crisco, now take a dough blender and mix it into the flour until it’s crumbly. Doing this before using a mixer will help it to mix up better. Third, add the whole buttermilk and mix until well incorporated. This is where I like to use my KitchenAid mixer with dough hook attachment, especially if I am fixing a lot of biscuits.


7. Roll the Dough and Cut them Out

Roll Out The Dough
Roll Out the Dough

Now that you have everything all mixed up it’s time to roll out the dough and cut them with a biscuit cutter. Once you get the dough all rolled out and the biscuits cut out, it’s time to spray Pam cooking spray or Baker’s Joy cooking spray on the iron skillet. Pre-heat your oven from 450 degrees F. to 500 degrees F. Now place the biscuits on the iron skillet of your choice and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Once they are done butter the biscuits and add jelly, apple butter or whatever you like. Enjoy!


8. Get an Iron Skillet

Cast Iron Skillets With Lids
Cast Iron Skillets with Lids

You have to have an iron skillet if you want your biscuits to turn out soft and fluffy. I have several iron skillets of various sizes and I have a couple of dutch ovens too. If you like, you can purchase these at an antique store. As a matter of fact, some of the iron skillets I have I purchased at my local antique store. You can buy a set as well.


9. Other Tools (Last Minute Thought)

I’m going to add these just in case you would like to use these tools.

Biscuit Cutter
Biscuit Cutter

  • Biscuit Cutter is an excellent tool if you want to roll your biscuit dough out and then cut out your biscuits. My preference is to use a fork and scoop some up and roll them into a ball and pat them out in my hand. But if you are new to making biscuits, then you may want to roll them out and use a biscuit cutter to get the size you want. Most of mine are kinda on the big side and some are a little smaller (that’s why it’s called homemade😉). The decision is up to you.


Classic Wooden Rolling Pin
Classic Wooden Rolling Pin
  • Rolling Pin is an excellent choice for rolling out your biscuit dough, cookie dough, pie crust, and pastry dough. This of course is your choice regarding rolling out your biscuit dough. I will tell you that you will need one of these for your cookie dough, pie crust, and pastry dough. I have the classic wooden rolling pin because it’s easy to use and clean up is a breeze.

It has been my pleasure to write this article for you and I hope you enjoyed it. If you follow these 5 simple steps, you will be on your way to knowing “How to Make Yummy Homemade Biscuits.”

I will be honest with you, it may take you a few times of making these, but PLEASE don’t be discouraged and give up! You know the old saying “Practice makes perfect” and there is a lot of truth to this statement.


Tips from Donna’s Kitchen

Tip #1 If your dough is a little sticky, (and it most likely will be) put a little flour on your hands and that will keep it from sticking to you. Also, if you opt to roll them out, you will need to dust your surface with a little flour as well and put some on your rolling pin.

Tip #2 The least you handle your biscuit dough the lighter and flakier your biscuits will be.

FYI: The most expensive thing you will buy is going to be the stand mixer, but if you are just starting out, get one that will fit your budget and your needs. I started out with a Black and Decker handheld mixer. It was good for me at the time and then I decided I wanted a KitchenAid, so I got it.

Always do what is best for you and suits your needs! Don’t want a whole set of Iron skillets, go to an Antique store and get the size that best suits you. Most of all enjoy baking. You are going to make mistakes, so what? I’ve been baking for 46 years and still mess up. Use the mistakes as learning tools and keep on baking!😉

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy👩‍🍳

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Top 6 Dough Blenders Review

Dough Blender

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So you know how I mentioned that I love my Kitchenaid mixer?

Well, I’m here to tell you that sometimes it is not enough…

Okay, okay, so I’m kind of silly and exaggerate, but seriously, a good dough blender is one of the most important tools in your baking arsenal.

I know that you can use a fork or tater smasher (southern lingo for “potato”) to blend your shortening or butter into your flour, but using a dough blender is so much quicker!

My favorite one is the old handheld one I found in an antique store here in my hometown about 1-2 years ago for about $1.50. I love using this dough blender. Check out my video below so you can see what it looks like…

My Antique Dough Blender

Now, let us get on with my review. Enjoy!


Top 6 Dough Blenders Review

 Spring Chef Dough Blender
Spring Chef Dough Blender
  1. Spring Chef Dough Blender– Amazon’s Best Seller for a dough blender or “pastry cutter” as they are sometimes called. I picked this one to be my number one choice. Read on and you will see why. Impress your family and guest with flakier flufier biscuits, pie crust, cookies, etc. With this sturdy dough blender you can get the job done so you can be on your way to less time spent in the kitchen and you will be wondering how you ever made it without this awesome dough blender. Check out the features below… RATED 4.8/5

Features:

  • It has 5 blades
  • Comfortable handle
  • Thick and sturdy blades
  • High quality stainless steel

Zulay Kitchen Professional Dough Blender
Zulay Kitchen Professional Dough Blender

2. Zulay Kitchen Professional Dough Blender- Amazon’s Choice. You will find that this is not your typical dough blender when you use it. This little gadget is not just for dough blending. You can use it to chope fruit, vegetables, nuts, avocados, and eggs for egg salad plus more. No more sore hands or wrists after using this dough blender with its comfortable handle. Especially helpful with those suffering from arthritis pain. So, if you are an arthritis sufferer like me, then this may be the one for you! Look at the features below… RATED 4.7/5

Features:

  • Recommneded for arthritis sufferers
  • Built to last with its stainless steel blades
  • Comfortable easy grip handle
  • Comes in 12 beautiful colors
  • Has 5 thick blades
  • Dishwasher safe

OXO Stainless Steel Dough Blender
OXO Stainless Steel Dough Blender

3. OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Dough Blender and Cutter Amazon’s Choice and for good reasons. If you love baking biscuits, pies, and pastries then this could be the one for you to add to your kitchen gadgets. It cuts cold hard butter and shortening into your flour with ease. Non-slip handle for a comfortable grip. Below you will find product features… RATED 4.8/5

Features:

  • Made of durable stainless steel
  • Pressure-absorbing handle
  • Cuts with ease and control
  • Dishwasher safe

Gorilla Grip Pastry Dough Blender
Gorilla Grip Pastry Dough Blender

4. Gorilla Grip Pastry Dough Blender and Butter Cutter- This durable dough blender will help you get the job done with its thick durable blades for a variety of foods with ease. With its curved blades and rocking motion, it allows you to seamlessly blend cold butter and shortening into your flour. Available in size medium and large. Check out the product features below… RATED 4.8/5

Features:

  • 5 sharp stainless steel blades
  • Durable stainless steel frame
  • Easy to use slip resistant grip
  • Available in 9 colors
  • Size medium and large
  • Dishwasher safe

Orblue Dough Blender Pro-Premium
Orblue Dough Blender Pro-Premium

5. Orblue Dough Blender Pro-Premium- Now you can ditch your fork and tater masher. This might possibly be the only dough blender you will ever need. You can effortlessly blend your cold butter and shortening into your flour with ease. Shortens your preparation time which is a plus. Wow, your family and friends with your homemade soft flakey biscuits, pie crust, and pastries like a pro! See product features below… Rated 4.6/5

Features:

  • Ergonomic handle for ultimate precision and comfort
  • Large size no flex blades
  • 100% Non-slip grip
  • Dishwaher safe
  • Lifetime guarantee

KitchenAid Gourmet Pastry Blender
KitchenAid Gourmet Pastry Blender

6. KitchenAid Gourmet Pastry Blender- Amazon’s Choice and it should be because this tool ensures proper blending of your cold butter or shortening for a better baking result. Because of the curved tempered stainless steel wires, it allows your repeated motion to break the butter and shortening down into smaller pieces as it mixes through the dough. This in turn is what makes for a flakey and delicious crust. Check out the product features below… Rated 4.7/5

Features:

  • Blend your ingredients effortlessly
  • Durable stainless steel wires
  • Comfortable rubber handle
  • Dishwasher safe

Wow! This was a tough one to do! Any of these dough blenders would be an excellent choice. I hope you enjoyed “Top 6 Dough Blenders Review” as much as I enjoyed writing this for you.

I would recommend, however, that you check each one out to see which one best suits your needs.

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy👩‍🍳

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