My Favorite Baking Tools (Giveaway!)

**Congrats to Sarah for winning this giveaway! I’ll be in touch with you shortly to obtain your shipping information**

Noticed something different on here? The Tasty Bite got a facelift!

If you have stopped by here in the past few days, you must have noticed that the design looked different probably every time you loaded the page.  I was ready for something different but couldn’t figure out a solution after testing a couple of different themes.  The site crashed twice after I attempted at some CSS coding; the instructions specifically said “DO NOT touch the function file or else your site might crash.”  I think there was a big stop sign too.  Guess what I did?  Well, I had to learn it the hard way.  It’s like telling a child not to touch something and he does it anyway.

Several heart attacks and headaches later, I’ve settled on this one.  Do you like it?  I’m still trying to fix some bugs, especially the recipe plugin at the end of the post, which seems to only show the title of the recipe.  You can see the entire recipe if you click the “Print” button (it should prompt the full-screen recipe), but I promise I’ll get that fixed very soon!

In the meantime, a giveaway, as promised!  My friend, who wants to learn how to bake, has asked me what basic, essential kitchen tools she should get to make cookies, muffins, and pies.  While I was putting together a list for her, I was thinking that it would be a great idea to giveaway a set of my favorite kitchen tools too!

Here are my picks:

OXO Good Grips Batter Bowl

OXO Good Grips Batter Bowl

A good mixing bowl is a must, and this one has a spout to make it easily pourable.  There are also red measurement markings (inside), so that you can gauge how much batter you have used (or remaining).

OXO Good Grips Medium Silicone Spoon Spatula

OXO Good Grips Silicone Spoon Spatula

I received a set of silicone spatulas from OXO, which was a brand partner of the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, and I can’t tell you how much I love them!  With the silicone spatula, you don’t have to worry about stirring hot liquids with it (and melting it).

OXO Good Grips 11″ Whisk

OXO Good Grips Whisk

A sturdy whisk is important for making cake batters and cream sauces, especially when you will be whisking for quite some time.  This one has a rubber handle so that it won’t slip out of your hand.

OXO Good Grips 1″ Pastry Brush

OXO Good Grips Whisk

Some people prefer silicone brushes, but I just love the bristle brushes.  I think they hold liquids better than silicone brushes, and are essential for applying egg wash, melted butter, and glazes (like these French fruit tarts).

To receive a set of the above, follow the Rafflecopter instructions below.  Good luck!

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  1. oxo stuff is always awesome, nice redesign Karen

  2. I’d love to see more of How-to’s post and What I Ate Wednesday. Always curious to know what food bloggers eat :P

  3. I love posts about what kitchen tools other bloggers use in their kitchen :)

    Also,I found your blog earlier in the week, and have been meaning to try your falafel recipe- looks great!

  4. I would want to see more meatless monday posts and more how tos .I love your blog!

  5. I would like more Meatless Monday recipes.

  6. I’m a vegetarian so I love meatless monday posts!

  7. I like “how to” posts with step by step pictures; just assume that I am an idiot (though I’m not!) and sometimes I see something and just say, “Ah ha! that’s what she does!”

  8. I love seeing gourmet dishes made more accessible, and smaller breakdowns of techniques necessary for more difficult dishes.

  9. Melissa L. says:

    I would love to see healthier recipes. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Oxo stuff is great, I love that batter bowl – what a awesome idea! I always love how to posts, I love seeing the final pictures but I really love seeing steps too!

  11. Definitely how to’s. Although I do like gourmet recipes also.

  12. I’d like to see cooking for 1 or 2, quick weaknight meals, and crock pot meals.

  13. I like Meatless Mondays as our family has been trying to go “meat lite” for health reasons! Thanks for this giveaway :)

  14. Love your new look! I would love to some of your meal plans for the week. Happy Friday!

  15. carogonza says:

    Simple baking recipes

  16. I’d love to have the batter bowl!

  17. susitravl says:

    I take a dessert to my friends for Sunday dinner every week, so I’m always looking for something new and different.

  18. Hey Karen! Thanks for the twitter follow. New to your blog, but I love Meatless Mondays/What I ate Wednesdays!

  19. christopher h says:

    would love to see more ‘how to’ posts

  20. Patty Jester says:

    I love the items shown.

  21. danielle Marie says:

    i really like product reviews. i would love to see more!

  22. Karen DeVaney says:

    I like the Meatless Mondays!

  23. I would like baking recipes that use olive oil instead of butter or shortening. I’m trying to eat healthier.

  24. Ann Fantom says:

    Product reviews are my favorite blog posts to read.

  25. Margaret Smith says:

    I really like the Meatless Monday Series & would love more

  26. I like Product reviews, How-to’s, and family-friendly recipes the best.

  27. Thanks for the twitter follow! I use ziplist plug in for the recipes and love it! And been there done that on trying to learn new coding especially when food blogging is your 2nd job :)

  28. Theresa Pettit says:

    More how to would be good.

  29. Deborah Wellenstein says:

    I like What I Ate Wednesday, and would like to see more along that line. Thanks!

  30. Jennifer R says:

    I would love to see more gluten free and low calorie recipes.

  31. I always love more how to’s or tips & tricks.

  32. carol mclemore says:

    I like cooking reviews and new dishes reviews!

  33. I’m a fan of how to’s

  34. I would love to see more appetizer and gourmet cooking posts.


  35. Meatless Monday is my fav, and also the how to’s

  36. product reviews!!!

  37. I am a firm believer in meatless mondays.

  38. brenda beitzel says:

    I would like more low calorie desserts. Love the give away with these tools I should be able to mix up something great!!

  39. Tracy L Davis says:

    more recipes!

  40. Rebecca peters says:

    I love recipe posts

  41. I like to see recipes using common items in your pantry.

  42. brandy g. says:

    I like the meatless monday posts

  43. I would love to see an expansion of Meatless Mondays! I am vegetarian and love new recipes to make!

  44. Karrie Millheim says:

    I can never have enough recipes and product reviews my vote is for that..btw I love that whisk up there!!!

  45. I’d like to see more meatless Monday recipes!

  46. Elizabeth says:

    Product reviews with pictures are always useful.

  47. Cherie Thomas says:

    I like the “how to” blogs because I love learning new things!

  48. I will jump in here and say that I agree that for egg washes and such, that bristle brushes work better. Silicone ones are great for BBQ sauce and such though.

  49. I prefer Meals in a Hurry.

  50. LOVE THIS!

  51. Renee Concolino says:

    I need how to’s. I love to learn new techniques.

  52. Recipes would be great!

  53. Love the product reviews

  54. i want to see more dessert recipes and posts.

  55. Wendy Hark says:

    I would like more Meatless Monday!!1

  56. Amanda Roberts says:

    I like blog post about product reviews, specifically kitchen tools. There are so many products out there and it’s nice to have an opinion about them before dishing out the money!

  57. I would like to see about cooking and easy recipes

  58. I like product reviews.

  59. More how-to’s, please!

  60. I would like to see more cooking basics.

  61. April Brenay says:

    Maybe a throwback thursday, like a dish from the 60s or 70s

  62. I like seeing how-tos.

  63. I love the how tos. I am not the best cook so any tips on how to cook is something I always enjoy and use!
    Laurie Emerson

  64. I would like to see more how-to’s.

  65. Kathleen Ophelan says:

    I love seeing new recipes and food reviews!

  66. I like how-tos and have been doing this healthier food intake project – whole grains. I’d like to see more of those types of recipes.

  67. I would love to see some tutorials on how to cook with the ingredients you have on hand. While I love baking, I’m not very good at cooking. What can I use all the spices in my kitchen for?

  68. More of the Meatless Mondays :)

  69. I would like more product reviews.

  70. I’d like to see more Meatless Mondays.

  71. The sweepstakes blogs are my favorite.

  72. I like the ones with recipes or product reviews

  73. RICHARD HICKS says:

    I would like to see more How to type posts

  74. meatless monday, looking for more veggie dishes

  75. Linda Lansford says:

    I like cooking posts

  76. Sometimes basic cooking steps are nice as a refresher

  77. More gluten free dishes!

  78. NonGMO recipes

  79. kay wolter says:

    I would love actual videos of what You are doing

  80. I am always looking for some reviews on the latest cooking/baking tools :-)

  81. Samantha Meyer says:

    I love how to posts! And Cooking posts!

  82. Brittney House says:

    I like What I Ate Wednesday.

  83. Rebecca Graham says:

    I would like to see healthy recipes.

  84. Awesome..Loving the batter bowl.

  85. jose benavides says:

    I like product reviews..

  86. What I’d like to see more of are video demos of time hacks.

    How to save time by doing a trick, or cooking tip.

  87. Wendy Rozema says:

    I’d like to see more cooking basics and more recipes :)

  88. more recipes (dessert type) & Thanks for the giveaways!

  89. I like the How-to’s and Meatless Mondays!

  90. I would like to see more Meatless Monday recipes.

  91. Judi Roode says:

    I would like to see more how-to’s.

  92. Sara Wagner says:

    I would like to see more Meatless Monday posts.

  93. TheresaJenkins says:

    cooking basics and product reviews … I would love something like >>30mins and under meals for a family

  94. Like to see more how-tos. Thanks for the giveaway!

  95. Wow! I just discovered your site, it looks really neat-o! I think I’m gonna spend the next few hours checkin out all your recipes! And I can really use those kitchen tools….

  96. I’d like to see more gourmet recipes. Thank you for the giveaway.

  97. I love “How To’s”!!

  98. I like products reviews the most.

  99. Melanie Montgomery says:

    I want to see more basic recipes, I’m a beginner cook.

  100. I like Meatless Monday posts. You have some great recipes.

  101. Amy Venier says:

    I like your product reviews and how to’s are great.

  102. Denise B. says:

    I would like to see something like “Deal of the Day”.

  103. 5-10 ingredient recipes that are quick and easy on a weeknight.

  104. Jennifer Dunaway says:

    I’d like to see more fast easy kid friendly cooking post.

  105. Chrystal D says:

    I’d like to see unique recipes

  106. I like to see baking and cookbook postings!

  107. I would like to see more product reviews

  108. LindsayR. says:

    I love new and inventive vegetarian recipes.

  109. christie kammerer says:

    I love new inexpensive recipes

  110. id like to see more how tos

  111. Deborah Stinson says:

    I like product reviews. I like to have someone else’s opinion on a product before I purchase it.

  112. Melinda Stephens says:

    I like product reviews.

  113. John Kirkpatrick says:

    I like how tos.

  114. Kat Emerick says:

    How about Fish Friday? Have all kinds of good fish recipes .

  115. shanta spradlin says:

    Gourmet dishes.

  116. Gourmet Dish Recipes

  117. PAIGE CHANDLER says:

    I like to see more easy desert recipes

  118. I’d love more how-to’s, gourmet recipes, and weeknight recipes.

  119. I would love to see more sugar free recipes & or using splenda. I am diabetic & always looking for more food choices & idea!

  120. John OBrien says:

    More low-sugar items, thanks.

  121. I’d like to see easy-to-assemble recipes

  122. cooking basics/how-to

  123. I love how to make foods of any kind.

  124. I like reading the how to’s and all of the recipes. I like the recipes that have step by step pics the most.

  125. how-to’s and/or cooking basics sound good

  126. I’m a big fan of the recipes!!

  127. I have only recently stumbled on your blog. I like reviews because it tells me more than reading an item description from the company. We are recently giving meatless a try so I enjoy meatless Monday.

  128. I like the how-to’s and cooking basics most.

  129. more What I Ate Wednesday series

  130. Christina Marie says:

    I’d love to see more reviews and giveaways. Thanks for the giveaway!

  131. I’d love to see more how to’s.

  132. Catharine R says:

    I’d like to see more How Tos – always something new to learn!

  133. Michelle S says:

    A new take on healthier versions of foods we love.

  134. Jerome Royce says:

    My vote is for Meatless Monday!

  135. Derk Thomas says:

    Product reviews what others like so I have an idea when I try a new product.

  136. Vikki Billings says:

    I would love to see some Gluten free gourmet meals, product reviews and also cooking tips

  137. I love looking a new recipe since I love to try out new ones.

  138. Buddy Garrett says:

    I would like to see more Gourmet Dishes.

  139. I think you could always use more product reviews

  140. Beverly searles says:

    Definitely meatless mondays.

  141. amy deeter says:

    Meatless Monday recipes.

  142. Tanya White says:

    I would like to see more gourmet dishes and product reviews

  143. How-tos

  144. Cheryl Reinhardt says:

    I would love to see more on desserts since they are my favorite

  145. Need some new tools

  146. I’d like to see more gourmet dish recipes Rosanne

  147. Thanks for the giveaway…we like Meatless Monday & Cooking Basics !

  148. I would like to see gourmet dishes and how to’s

  149. Deborah Peck says:

    I love the how to tips. they really help when you are not a great cook

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