Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes AND Favorite Things Giveaway

This week celebrates Handle the Heat’s THIRD birthday! I published my first post back in April of 2009. It somehow seems like a long and a short time ago. So many things have happened since then. I moved out of my parents’ house, I decided to take a break from college to attend culinary school, I spoke at a food blogging conference, and I got a cookbook deal. If you had told me three years ago all the wonderful things that would come about from this blog I don’t think I would have believed you. I am SO grateful for all of it.

That’s why I decided to put together a fun giveaway of all my favorite kitchen items to thank every person who takes the time out of his or her day to read my little blog. THANK YOU!!! You’ve all inspired me so much.

I thought it was only fitting to post an outrageous chocolate recipe for my blog’s birthday since I’m a major chocoholic. Somehow, this is my first chocolate post for the month. That NEVER happens. Just as well, though, because this recipe calls for a whole lot of chocolate. Chocolate cupcake filled with chocolate ganache topped with chocolate buttercream. Can you say chocolate overdose? In the best possible way, of course.

Recipe Rundown
Taste: This is probably the most chocolate-y batch of cupcakes I’ve ever tasted. SO much intense chocolate flavor it’s ridiculous.
Texture: The cake is soft, the filling is thick and fudge-like, and the frosting is light and smooth.
Ease: There are three steps: the ganache filling, the cupcake base, and the swiss meringue buttercream. I think the buttercream is probably the most difficult but it’s still doable. If you’re curious about swiss meringue buttercream, this is a fantastic in-depth tutorial.
Appearance: The chocolate cupcakes have a deep and intense color reminiscent of Oreos. And of course, piped frosting always looks lovely.
Pros: Perfect cupcakes for a chocoholic like myself.
Cons: A little more challenging than most cupcakes. However, some parts of the recipe can be done ahead of time.
Would I make this again? Yes!

{Favorite Things Giveaway}
Giveaway is now closed – Congratulations to Rachelle

*I’m giving away 10 of my favorite kitchen goodies to 1 lucky winner*

How to enter:

  • Leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite kitchen item is

Optional additional entries:
Do any or all of the following additional entries. Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. If you do not leave a comment, the entry will not be counted. There are a total of four (4) entries available.

  •  Follow @handleheat on twitter. If you already follow, leave a comment saying you’re already a follower
  • Follow Handle the Heat on Facebook. If you already follow, leave a comment saying you’re already a follower
  • Subscribe to Handle the Heat’s RSS Feed. If you already subscribe, leave a comment saying you’re already a subscriber

Rules:

  • Include your name and email address with every comment entry
  • Giveaway open to U.S. residents only
  • Giveaway closes at 11:59 PST on Sunday, April 29th. Any entries submitted after that time will be invalid
  • 1 winner will be chosen randomly and will be emailed. Winner has 48 hours to respond with mailing address before a new winner is chosen

Winner will receive:

Brown Sugar Saver

This little gem saves your brown sugar from turning rock-hard. I love the rich taste brown sugar lends to baked goods so this is a must-have.

Garlic Peeler
I usually don’t go for gimmicky gadgets but this product is actually super cool. This little silicone tube rolls the paper right off garlic cloves which is great because I hate it when garlic paper gets stuck to my fingers and knife.

 

Le Creuset Spatula

I use this spatula daily. I have 3. The silicone part detaches from the handle so its super easy to clean.

OXO Horizontal Peeler

Y-shaped peelers are so much easier for me to use than traditional peelers! They take off long strips of skin and are perfect for peeling things like butternut squash.

OXO Cookie Scoop

I use this scoop every time I make cookies (which is a lot, especially with recipe testing for my cookbook). It creates cookies that are just the right size.

Digital Thermometer

This is ESSENTIAL for cooking meat and poultry. In culinary school our uniforms have a special little pocket to store a thermometer. Cooking your food to just the right temperature make your meat juicy and tender and more importantly, safe.

Microplane Grater
This grater is seriously sharp! From lemon zest to ginger to cheese and even nutmeg, I’ve had mine for years and it seems to never dull.

Silpat

NOTHING sticks to these. So much easier than cutting sheets of parchment paper. I use it when baking both sweet and savory things. It’s even great for rolling out dough!

Wusthof Classic 3 1/2″ paring knife
These forged knives are durable and SHARP. The paring knife is perfect for cutting small fruits and vegetables or more intricate and delicate knife work.

Wusthof Classic 8″ Chef’s knife
This knife is a workhorse. I find this size is just right for almost all my prep-work. Cutting onions is almost tearless with a nice, sharp knife.

Total Approximate Value: $260.59
*This is not a sponsored giveaway. All prizes were provided by Tessa of Handle the Heat.
*Product images via Amazon and Sur la Table.

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Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Ingredients:

For the ganache filling:
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar

For the cupcakes:
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/3 cup (1 ounce) Dutch-process cocoa
3/4 cup hot coffee
3/4 cup bread flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the frosting:
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large egg whites
Pinch salt
12 tablespoons (6 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into 12 pieces and at room temperature
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

For the filling:
Place all ingredients in a medium microwave-safe bowl and microwave until mixture is warmed, about 30 seconds. Whisk until smooth. Place mixture in refrigerator until just chilled, no longer than 30 minutes.

For the cupcakes:
Place chocolate and cocoa powder in a medium heatproof bowl. Pour hot coffee over mixture. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Whisk mixture gently until smooth then transfer to refrigerator to cool completely, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°F. Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with foil or paper liners.

Whisk flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda together in a small bowl.

Whisk oil, eggs, vinegar, and vanilla into cooled chocolate mixture until smooth. Whisk in flour mixture until smooth.

Using a spring-loaded ice cream scoop or a large spoon, divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Place 1 generous teaspoon of ganache on top of each batter-filled cup. Bake until cupcakes are set and firm to the touch, about 17 to 19 minutes. Let cupcakes cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes before removing from pan to cool completely, about 1 hour. Cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 day.

For the frosting:
Combine sugar, egg whites, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer. Set bowl over a saucepan filled with 1-inch of gently simmering water. Whisking gently and constantly, heat mixture until sugar is dissolved and mixture is slightly thickened and foamy and registers 150°F on a candy thermometer or a digital thermometer, about 3 minutes.

Fit stand mixer with whisk attachment and beat egg white mixture on medium speed until slightly cooled and thickened, about 2 minutes. Add butter, 1 piece at a time, until smooth and creamy. Add chocolate and vanilla and mix until combined. Increase speed to medium-high and beat until light, fluffy, and well combined, about 30 seconds, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Frosting can be made 1 day ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Warm frosting in the microwave for 5 to 10 seconds and stir until creamy again before frosting cupcakes.

To assemble:
If desired, spoon frosting in a piping bag fitted with a large star tip. Frost about 3 tablespoons of frosting over each cooled cupcake and serve.

   

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392 Responses to “Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes AND Favorite Things Giveaway”

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    Dorothy — April 18, 2012 at 11:12 am

    I love tons of things in my kitchen (knives, mixer, coffee-maker)…but one of my favorite (non-traditional) items is my oven thermometer! It is magnetic so it never falls or gets bumped to the bottom of the oven, and it helps me bake at the right temp (my oven is always a bit off).

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    Caroline — April 18, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Congratulations Tessa! That is such an exciting milemarker! :D As for my favorite kitchen item…I wouldn't be able to live without my kitchen aid hand mixer. I just love that it is so portable and I can just pop the beaters in the dishwasher and you're done! No washing of the entire mixer bowl of the kitchen aid mixer. So happy for you and thank you for such an amazing giveaway! :D P.S. The cupcakes look amazing! I can't believe you made it almost the entire month without making anything chocolate! ;-) Haha!

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    Mychie — April 18, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Congrats! I love your blog! And your giveaway looks so awesome!! I don't have TOO many kitchen gadgets (my husband would disagree… I just showed him what an avocado saver was, after all) but my favorite would have to be my best knife. I use my Shun chef's knife every single time I am in the kitchen.

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    Marnely Rodriguez — April 18, 2012 at 11:34 am

    OXO Handheld Mandoline is my favorite tool right now!

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    Marnely Rodriguez — April 18, 2012 at 11:34 am

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    Tara — April 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    My trusted hand mixer!

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    Stephanie — April 18, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    I love my cookie scoop. I use it for everything too. I have been eyeing a zester, brown sugar saver and more silpats!

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    Stephanie — April 18, 2012 at 12:05 pm

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    Meredith Bradford — April 18, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    My favorite kitchen item is my food processor.

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    Meredith — April 18, 2012 at 12:16 pm

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    Proudmommy0f4 — April 18, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    My favorite kitchen item is my chef's knife.

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    Cindi — April 18, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Currently my apple slicer/corer. Sounds boring – but I just got one and I love it!

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    Cate — April 18, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    My favorite gadget is my microplane – I use it for cheese, garlic, onions, nutmeg!

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    Cate — April 18, 2012 at 12:53 pm

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    Leslie — April 18, 2012 at 1:00 pm

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    Laura — April 18, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Who could live in a kitchen without a kitchenaid mixer! and my favorite “tool” would be a whisk!

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    Leslie — April 18, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    My favorite gadget is my garlic press. Saves me lots of chopping time

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    Leslie — April 18, 2012 at 1:06 pm

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    spatuladiaries — April 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    I “liked” you on facebook and I follow you via google reader. :)

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    bashfulbao — April 18, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    I already subscribe via RSS.

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    bashfulbao — April 18, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    My fav kitchen gadget would have to be my non-stick pastry mat. It makes kneading dough sooo much easier, and I can still use my countertop afterward.

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    Jillian — April 18, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    I love my silpat baking mats – they make my cookies come out fabulous!

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    cookingalamel — April 18, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    My favorite kitchen item is probably a little paring knife I have.. I use it for everything!

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    cookingalamel — April 18, 2012 at 1:39 pm

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    cookingalamel — April 18, 2012 at 1:40 pm

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    cookingalamel — April 18, 2012 at 1:40 pm

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    Heather Miller — April 18, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I follow you on facebook=) Love the cookie scoop and I have been wanting to try the silpat for a while now.

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    Rebecca — April 18, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    My favorite would have to be my kitchen aid. I don't know how I survived before buying one!

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    Jenna — April 18, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    My air popper is my ultimate fav- cant go too long without popcorn.

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    Jenna — April 18, 2012 at 1:47 pm

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    Jenna — April 18, 2012 at 1:48 pm

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    Katy — April 18, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    My favorite kitchen item would be my mixing bowls! They are bright and have a rubber bottom. I use them almost every day.

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    rebecca f. — April 18, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    I've been loving my paring knife lately. My intricate cutting skills are getting so much better!

    Great giveaway!

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    Anne — April 18, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    I use my Henckel's knife all.the.time but I have to say, I just LOVE my tortilla press!

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    rebecca f. — April 18, 2012 at 1:54 pm

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    the Jilb — April 18, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Oh. My. Gosh. These cupcakes look divine! I really love chocolate… sigh.

    My favorite gadget is my garlic press. Sad, I know. I probably should get a food processor someday and a Kitchen Aid.

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    rebecca f. — April 18, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    I started following you on twitter!

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    Margaret — April 18, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Congrats! My favorite kitchen tool is handheld immersion blender! Such a lifesaver to make soup.

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    Margaret — April 18, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    follow you on twitter!

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    @ambersconfctns — April 18, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    My favorite kitchen gadget is my OXO cookie scoop!

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    @ambersconfctns — April 18, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    I follow you on Twitter

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    Norene W. — April 18, 2012 at 2:04 pm

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    Norene W. — April 18, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    I love the kitchenaid mixer!

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    Katie — April 18, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Couldn't be without my KitchenAid mixer!

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    Katie — April 18, 2012 at 2:07 pm

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    Mackenzie — April 18, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Fav item is my ladel holder!

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    Kami — April 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    My favorite kitchen gadget is my garlic press. It makes adding garlic to everything so much easier. Without it, my hands absolutely reek of garlic. I don't mind the smell, but I would imagine other people don't enjoy it so much.

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    Kami — April 18, 2012 at 2:14 pm

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    Elizabeth Beard — April 18, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Sadly, I'm in Canada so not eligible BUT I did want to say that my favourite gadget is my tart tamper – if you don't have one … get one!

    I have one I found on ebay with a large and small on either end. It was a time/life saver this Christmas when I included mini-mince and mini-butter tarts in all my cookie baskets.

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    Kari — April 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    What a great giveaway! If I have to pick just one thing I would say my favorite kitchen tool is my garlic press. I had one that didn't work well and never used it, then I got a good one from my father-in-law and now I use it all the time.

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    Melissa C. — April 18, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    I love my KitchenAid mixer… I'd really love to win these great gadgets!

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    Mimi — April 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    My favorite kitchen item is my KitchenAid!

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    Mimi — April 18, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    I follow you on Facebook!

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    Carol — April 18, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    My favorite changes from time to time but my current favorite is my food processor. Lots of salsa being made at my house these days!

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    @nikkiliberatore — April 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    I follow you on twitter!

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    @nikkiliberatore — April 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    I liked Handle the Heat on facebook!

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    @nikkiliberatore — April 18, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    My favorite kitchen gadget is my creme brulee torch! It was given to me as a gift from a secret santa and I have had so much fun using it.

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    Avery K. — April 18, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    My favorite kitchen item is my pink Cuisinary hand mixer! When I first moved out of my parent's house I did not own a hand mixer and baking was almost impossible without it!

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    Avery K. — April 18, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I like Handle the Heat on Facebook!

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    Jacqueline — April 18, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Congratulations! It's been a awesome three years Tessa!

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    Rachel Wierenga — April 18, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    my favorite is my food processor – it's a life saver!

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    Rachel Wierenga — April 18, 2012 at 3:36 pm

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    Rachel Wierenga — April 18, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    i love my food processor – it's a life saver!

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    Rachel Wierenga — April 18, 2012 at 3:37 pm

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    Rachel Wierenga — April 18, 2012 at 3:37 pm

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    Sara — April 18, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    My favorite kitchen gadget is my new kitchenaid mixer!

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    Diana — April 18, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Congratulations on 3 years! What a great giveaway! I've been wanting a silpat and a cookie scoop for ages.

    My favorite kitchen items are my Kitchenaid and Chef's knive.

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    Diana — April 18, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    I subscribe to your RSS feed.

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    Diana — April 18, 2012 at 3:54 pm

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    @cookwithb — April 18, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    my favorite kitchen item is a big one, but a good one–the vitamix!

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    @cookwithb — April 18, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I already follow handleheat on Twitter

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    Weezie — April 18, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    My favorite kitchen item is my dumb old 10″ nonstick skillet- I use it for everything!

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    Weezie — April 18, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I also follow you on Google reader.

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    Jessica — April 18, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Congrats!! I follow you on Twitter :)

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    Katlin Vest — April 18, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    My favorite kitchen accessory is my Blendtec Blender. I never would have shelled out all the money for it, but my in-laws gave it to us for Christmas one year. Best Christmas present EVER! Thanks so much! I love your blog and your recipes :)

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    Janel — April 18, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    I have two favorite things: flexible cutting boards and my mini chef's knife that fits my small hands perfectly. Congrats on your bloggiversary!

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    Janel — April 18, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    I subscribe to your RSS feed.

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    Jessie — April 18, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    My favorite kitchen thing is probably my kitchen aid… but I also love my air popcorn popper, and my hot cocoa maker. :) What a great giveaway–thanks for the chance to win!

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    Jessie — April 18, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    I've been following you for at least a year now–love your recipes. :)

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    Alyssa — April 18, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Congratulations on your blog's birthday! I love reading your posts and have bookmarked many of your recipes. Thank you for the inspiration, you are amazing! My favorite kitchen gadget would have to be my cupcake tins.

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    Alyssa — April 18, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Also, I follow Handle the Heat on Facebook :)

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    kiersten212 — April 18, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    My favorite kitchen item is definitely my coffee maker! It's an oldie, but a goodie :) AWESOME giveaway!

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    kiersten212 — April 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I just liked you on facebook!

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    kiersten212 — April 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I already subscribe to your RSS feed on google reader.

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    Rianne — April 18, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    I would be lost without my Pampered Chef spatula…love it!

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    Rianne — April 18, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    RSS subscriber!

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    thenamescash — April 18, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Um, since I'm barely 23 and have a mini-baby-studio kitchen, it's my KitchenAid that I got for college grad…Wonderful gadget for sure!

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    thenamescash — April 18, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Like on FB

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    thenamescash — April 18, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Followed on Twitter.

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    Alicia — April 18, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    My favorite kitchen utensil has to be my mandoline, I slice EVERYTHING with it and makes prep work so much easier!

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    Alicia — April 18, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    I follow you on twitter (@am_bianchi)

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    Chanee — April 18, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    my favorite kitchen item is my food processor! It's amazing the variety of things it can be used for!
    Chanee Malfavon cmalfavo@calpoly.edu

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    Tracey — April 18, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Congrats on 3 years Tessa!! I've always enjoyed your blog, we seem to have a lot of similar tastes :) Great giveaway to celebrate. My favorite kitchen item is probably my Wusthof Santoku knife, it makes prep work so much easier!

    As for the cupcakes, I've made this recipe too and it is awesome. Yours look perfectly piped!

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    Tracey — April 18, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    I follow you on Twitter

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    Tracey — April 18, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    And subscribe to your feed :)

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    Malissa W — April 18, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Congrats on 3 years! My favorite kitchen gadget is by far our garlic press. I always feel so satisfied after using it – compared to our old handheld squeeze tool – the press gets every tiny piece minced!

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    Malissa W — April 18, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    I now follow you on twitter!

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    Julie — April 18, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    How to choose! I'll say my cookie scooper. It is just so darn useful, since i'm terrible at eyeballing.

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    Julie — April 18, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    I follow you on twitter

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    Julie — April 18, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    I like you on facebook

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    Malissa W — April 18, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    I follow you on facebook!

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    Malissa W — April 18, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    I now subscribe via RSS! Thanks again for the giveaway!

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    Mallory — April 18, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    My stick blender! I use it almost every day!

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    sweethearthlb — April 18, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    My favorite kitchen item would have to be my Kitchenaid mixer!! Just got it for Christmas and love it!!

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    Britt T. — April 18, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    My food processor, most definitely! Count me in please!

    brtucker89(at)gmail(dot)com

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    Britt T. — April 18, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    I subscribe via email!

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    Katie — April 18, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    My favorite kitchen gadget is my silpat baking mat. I finally gave in and bought one at Christmas time and I love it! Don't know how I baked so long without it!

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    spiffycookie — April 18, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    My favorite kitchen item is my cookie scoop.

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    deathbyzamboni87 — April 18, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    My favorite kitchen gadget is my Kitchenaide mixer. I love to bake and I use it almost every time I do. I think I would die without it.
    Rachelle
    rachelle328@gmail.com

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    spiffycookie — April 18, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    I follow you on Twitter

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    spiffycookie — April 18, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    I like you on Facebook

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    spiffycookie — April 18, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    I subscribe to your RSS feed. Oh and happy third birthday!!

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    deathbyzamboni87 — April 18, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    I follow on Twitter (@rachellerae)
    Rachelle
    rachelle328@gmail.com

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    shaunna — April 18, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    i love my chip maker from pampered chef but really want some of those silpat baking mats

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    Penelope — April 18, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Congrats!!! I can't live without my special spatula. I get frantic if I can't find it… LOL

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    Penelope — April 18, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    I already follow you on Twitter.

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    Penelope — April 18, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    I already follow you on Facebook.

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    Penelope — April 18, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    I already subscribe via RSS.

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    Ilene — April 18, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    My Kyocera ceramic knife.

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    Liz — April 18, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    My favorite kitchen toy is my 1/4 cup liquid measure by OXO… it measures out Tablespoons and ounces… lot it!

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    Lori — April 18, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    I completely love my cuisinart food processor. I use it all the time. It makes things so convenient!

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    Lori — April 18, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    I already subscribe. Yay!

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    Lori — April 18, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    I already follow you on Facebook.

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    Kelsey — April 18, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Happy three years! I would love a cookie scoop like that! My current favorite kitchen tool is an amazingly sharp chopper, I love using it on onions because I hate cutting them and bringing tears to my eyes!

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    heather — April 18, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    The microplane earns its keep in my kitchen!

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    heather — April 18, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Already a follower on Twitter (@squirrelbread).

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    heather — April 18, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Liked on FB as well.

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    deb — April 18, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    My favorite would be the baking mats. I think cookies would be scrumptious made with these and clean up would be so easy!!
    deb.rumball@gmail.com

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    Kate — April 18, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    I love my flexible cutting boards. They've survived so many chopped vegetables without much more than a scratch.

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    Andrea D. — April 18, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    I I love my Kitchen Aid Mixer. It makes everything easier. Thanks for the chance to enter.

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    Andrea D. — April 18, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    I am a facebook fan of yours.Thanks for the chance to enter.

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    Andrea D. — April 18, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    I am an email subscriber of yours. Thanks for the chance to enter.

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    Kylee — April 18, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    I love my potato peeler. I think it's a tupperware one, and I've had it more than 15 years. It has traveled the world with me! (sad but true)

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    Megan C. — April 18, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Awesome milestone! My favorite kitchen tool? Kitchenaid Mixer! I've had it for a little less than a year, and it has changed the way I cook–as well as the difficulty of the things I cook!

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    Megan C. — April 18, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Liked on FB!

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    Diane Z. — April 18, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    My favorite tool would have to be my stand mixer. Love it!

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    Darcie — April 18, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Favorite kitchen gadget? This is a tough one. At the moment, I am thinking the box cheese grater. There's just something satisfying about grating cheese. Or maybe I'm a weirdo? :)

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    @Darce_Vader — April 18, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    I follow you on Twitter already. :)

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    @Darce_Vader — April 18, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    And I have already liked you on FB! :D

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    Shelly — April 18, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    My favorite would probably be my garlic press.

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    Shelly — April 18, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    I follow you on Twitter.

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    Shelly — April 18, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    I like you on FB.

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    Shelly — April 18, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    I'm a subscriber.

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    Amy — April 18, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Hard to pick just one gadget to be a favorite. I LOVE my immersion blender (especially since it has a mini-food processor attachment). I also really enjoy using a full size chef's knife. Recently, I had access only to a shorter knife, and it definitely was not the same.

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    Amy — April 18, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    following on Facebook!

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    Amanda — April 18, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Congratulations! My favorite kitchen gadget would have to be a sturdy set of tongues. I feel like I use them every day!

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    Amanda — April 18, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    I liked you on FB!

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    Amanda — April 18, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    I follow you on twitter

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    Amanda — April 18, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    My favorite kitchen gadget is a definitely a set of sturdy tongues. I feel like I use them every day!

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    Amanda W. — April 18, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    My favorite (have-yet-to-acquire) kitchen tool is a kitchenaid mixer. I love to bake and know I would use it all the time if I had one. In the absence of that, my favorite kitchen tool I actually own is my trusty purple spatula!

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    Amanda W. — April 18, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    I already subscribe to your RSS feed :)

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    Sharon — April 18, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    My favorite kitchen gadget is my nonstick omelet pan – I use it daily!

    By the way, I love these cupcakes – I found the recipe years ago and immediately made them. They are definitely a lot of work, but sooooo worth it.

    Congrats and thank you!

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    sharona — April 18, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    not sure what to call this thing but the round plastic baggy thing with the zipper that i roll my pie doughs out in

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    sharona — April 18, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    i follow you on facebook

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    sharona — April 18, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    i get your e-mails

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    Erica — April 18, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    My favorite kitchen gadget is my food processor. It makes it really easy to make pasta doughs.

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    Erica — April 18, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    I subscribe on facebook.

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    Dawn — April 18, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    I liked on FB

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    Dawn — April 18, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    I'm a subscriber

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    Dawn — April 18, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    For whatever reason I don't enjoy chopping garlic so I would say my garlic press is my favorite kitchen gadget : ) but oh do I love kitchen gadgets!!!

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    Jean — April 18, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    My favorite utensil is the spatula.

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    Ela — April 18, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Tongs, I can't live without it! I use it a lot!

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    thesmartbaker — April 18, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    BY FAR my favorite goodie in the kitchen is my beater blade attachment for my kitchen aid mixer – it swipes down the side of the bowl as you mix – saves so much time!

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    thesmartbaker — April 18, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    BY FAR my favorite goodie in the kitchen is my beater blade attachment for my kitchen aid mixer – it swipes down the side of the bowl as you mix – saves so much time!

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    Rebekah — April 18, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    My favorite kitchen appliance is my stand mixer!

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    Tricia — April 18, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    My microplane grater is my favorite

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    Meryl — April 18, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    My favorite is my KitchenAid Stand Mixer.

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    Louis — April 18, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Definitely my 8 inch Chef's Knife.

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    Alyssa — April 18, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    My favorite is my food mixer and it's tied with my ice cream maker!

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    D E — April 18, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    My favorite kitchen gadget is the food processor grating attachment. So helpful when grating loads of cheese and carrots, and saves my muscles and knuckles!

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    D E — April 18, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    I also use the RSS reader.

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    Sarah D. — April 18, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    My favorite kitchen gadget is my panini press! It is so versatile; it can make burritos, sandwiches and even grilled eggplant!

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    Lisa — April 18, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    My fav has to be the Silpat. I have 4 of them, and they get a constant work out at my house. Bbehind that would have to be Le Crueset baking dishe…nothing sticks to them! They look brand new after many uses!

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    Kammie — April 18, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    My favorite kitchen item is my blender.

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    Kammie — April 18, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    I'm already a follower on twitter

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    Kammie — April 18, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    I subscribe to RSS

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    Kammie — April 18, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    I like you on Facebook!

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    Karen — April 18, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    I couldn't live without a spatula! I'm actually not sure how many I own — I use them for everything!

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    Mindy — April 18, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Non-stick mini muffin pan. I use it all the time!

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    Dessiree — April 18, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    My favorite kitchen utensil is my rice cooker spatula! I use it inappropriately for everything! It's the best weapon to flip eggs:)

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    rosalyn — April 18, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    My most used kitchen item is a wooden spatula.

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    kskristy — April 19, 2012 at 12:12 am

    I love a good kitchen knife. I dream of having a KitchenAid mixer someday and when I get one, I'm sure I'll love it the most.

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    kskristy — April 19, 2012 at 12:14 am

    I followed you on Twitter!

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    kskristy — April 19, 2012 at 12:14 am

    I also subscribed to your RSS feed.

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    Ashlie — April 19, 2012 at 12:20 am

    My pairing knife is probably my favorite item – I use it for almost everything. I rarely use a large knife, I like having more control with the smaller knife. But she's getting a little worn out :) I could use a new one!

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    Katherine — April 19, 2012 at 12:21 am

    My favorite kitchen tool is my paring knife. Its versatility is amazing, believe it or not.

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    Rachel — April 19, 2012 at 12:31 am

    RSS subscriber.

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    Rachel — April 19, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Facebook: liked

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    Rachel — April 19, 2012 at 12:33 am

    My favorite gadget is probably this fun four mini pie baking pan. It's great because you don't hate to deal with making precooked filling like you do for some other mini pie makers.

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    caseyiscooking — April 19, 2012 at 12:53 am

    my favorite kitchen item has got to be my kitchen aid mixer. that thing sure gets it's workout and i have no idea how i'd be alive if i didn't have it!!

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    susie d. — April 19, 2012 at 1:50 am

    My covered chef's pan. I use it almost every day!

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    Jenny — April 19, 2012 at 1:59 am

    I definitely love my stand mixer!

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    Jenny — April 19, 2012 at 2:04 am

    I subscribed!

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    ilonaskitchen — April 19, 2012 at 2:16 am

    definitely my kitchenaid mixer!

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    Deb — April 19, 2012 at 2:22 am

    My favorite kitchen item is my micro plane grater. I am a citrus fiend!

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    ilonaskitchen — April 19, 2012 at 2:23 am

    i subscribe via rss

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    ilonaskitchen — April 19, 2012 at 2:23 am

    i follow you on twitter — @ilonaskitchen

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    Deb — April 19, 2012 at 2:23 am

    I happily subscribe to Handle the Heat.

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    ilonaskitchen — April 19, 2012 at 2:26 am

    i follow you on fb!

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    Connie — April 19, 2012 at 2:29 am

    My favorite kitchen item as of yet is my spatula. I'm still a novice baker, and the spatula has been doing so much for me that I can't seem to live without it now.

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    Ashley — April 19, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Torn between my super light Global knife and my apple corer. I know, it's just a basic apple corer…but try making a rustic apple tart without one. I follow you on Google RSS.

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    Steven — April 19, 2012 at 2:35 am

    I love my microplane grater

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    T.Scott — April 19, 2012 at 2:45 am

    My favorite kitchen appliance is my KitchenAid stand mixer! I don't know what I'd do without it!

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    Emilie — April 19, 2012 at 2:53 am

    I'm so happy I stumbled upon your blog through foodgawker! It's lovely! My favorite kitchen gadget is hands down my KitchenAid mixer. I found it BRAND NEW at a garage sale for $12. It was fate and I couldn't live without it. Happy birthday to you and your blog! Congratulations!

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    Emilie — April 19, 2012 at 2:56 am

    I am now following you on twitter!

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    Emilie — April 19, 2012 at 2:58 am

    Just “liked” you on facebook as well! I can't wait for all of your social media to keep me up to date!

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    Emilie — April 19, 2012 at 3:00 am

    And I follow through the RSS feed! Now I can go ogle over those chocolicious cupcakes…Mmmm.

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    daniel chen — April 19, 2012 at 3:08 am

    I couldn't live without my microplaner

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    Mrs Ergül — April 19, 2012 at 3:11 am

    What good looking luscious chocolate cupcakes! What size tip did you use for the frosting? I love how it turned out. I have 3 of your top 10 favourite kitchen gadgets. and i do love those.

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    sara — April 19, 2012 at 3:17 am

    That's like asking someone to choose their favorite child. I guess if I stick to gadgets instead of appliances I would have to go with my silpat mat. I didn't know what I was missing out on until I got one. Now I can't live without it.

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    Adriana — April 19, 2012 at 3:34 am

    All those gadgets would make great additions to my cookware. And the cupcakes look delicioooous.

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    Nikki — April 19, 2012 at 4:14 am

    Hands down my KitchenAid mixer, I use it at least 3 times a week!

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    Maddy — April 19, 2012 at 4:17 am

    i think my favorite kitchen item is definitely my kitchen aid mixer – or my ninja blender! it will seriously blend everything.

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    Maddy — April 19, 2012 at 4:18 am

    i follow you on twitter!

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    Maddy — April 19, 2012 at 4:18 am

    i liked you on facebook :)

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    Lauren — April 19, 2012 at 4:39 am

    Vic firth rolling pin! Awesome!

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    Chloe — April 19, 2012 at 4:41 am

    Chloe at chloe.morris014@gmail.com
    My favorite kitchen item is the stand mixer because I'm in college right now and it wasn't until I started baking in a dorm kitchen that I realized the importance and beauty of a stand mixer. I can't wait to get my own once I move into my apartment next year!

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    Chloe — April 19, 2012 at 4:41 am

    Chloe at chloe.morris014@gmail.com
    I already follow you on Twitter!

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    Chloe — April 19, 2012 at 4:44 am

    Chloe at chloe.morris014@gmail.com
    I liked you on Facebook!

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    Chloe — April 19, 2012 at 4:44 am

    Chloe at chloe.morris014@gmail.com
    I subscribed to your RSS feed!

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    Karen — April 19, 2012 at 4:58 am

    I love my flat whisk! Congrats on 3 years, I love your blog.
    karenreichmann@hotmail.com

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    Nancy — April 19, 2012 at 5:04 am

    chopsticks are my fave definently

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    Mbb — April 19, 2012 at 5:27 am

    my mandolin!

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    Sheila H — April 19, 2012 at 5:28 am

    My fave has just got to be my Braun hand held food chopper / processor. And by the way, Congratulations on your third year. May you have more successful ventures in store!

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    rusthawk — April 19, 2012 at 5:30 am

    This is a hard question. I love my Microplane ribbon grater a LOT ….but I think my most faithful and most used kitchen item (besides my whisks and favorite spoons) is my Cuisinart mini processor. So very handy!

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    rusthawk — April 19, 2012 at 5:31 am

    I am one of your twitter followers @rusthawk.

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    rusthawk — April 19, 2012 at 5:31 am

    I am following your facebook page (Rust Hawk).

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    rusthawk — April 19, 2012 at 5:32 am

    I subscribed to your RSS feed in my google reader.

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    @squaredonut — April 19, 2012 at 5:59 am

    My favorite kitchen item is my kitchenaid mixer! It's great for baking AND I just discovered you can shred chicken in it!

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    @squaredonut — April 19, 2012 at 5:59 am

    I subscribe to Handle the Heat via RSS feed.

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    Haley — April 19, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Happy birthday, Handle the Heat!
    My favorite kitchen item is my recently received red pie pan. I love making apple pie (Joy the Baker's recipe is my so so good) and dutch baby pancakes in it.

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    Haley — April 19, 2012 at 10:20 am

    I follow you on Twitter!

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    Alyssa — April 19, 2012 at 11:47 am

    I love my wooden spoon. It seems so simple, but I cook with it all the time!

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    Julie — April 19, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    This may sound weird, but my favorite tool is our family's viking stove top! It works wonders and is so much better than the old top we used to have.

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    Alyssa — April 19, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I love my classic wooden spoons. I use at least 2 per night :)
    Alyssa (alyssajhinkell@gmail.com)

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    Alyssa — April 19, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I subscribed to your twitter feed.

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    Alyssa — April 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    I liked you on FB.

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    Alyssa — April 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    I subscribe via RSS.

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    Cori — April 19, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I subscribe via email.

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    Cori — April 19, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    I love my mandoline.

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    Shannon — April 19, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    It would have to be my Kitchenaid mixer.

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    Jen — April 19, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Congratulations on three years! I had a hard time narrowing down to one favorite, but in the end, I couldn't live without my Le Creuset Dutch ovens. I have four in different shapes/sizes, and use at least one or two of them every day for making dinner.

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    amy — April 19, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I love my immersion blender, makes soups so easy and saves doing the dishes (no need to get the 'real' blender dirty!).

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    amy — April 19, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I subscribe on RSS/google reader!

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    Kaypendragon — April 19, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    My Favorite kitchen gadget is my hand held mandoline – perfect slices every time!

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    Angie — April 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    I love my garlic press. I have saved so much time now that I don't have to mince garlic up by hand.

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    Angie — April 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    I love my garlic press and I follow you via google reader.

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    Angie — April 19, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    I love my garlic press and I liked you on facebook.

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    Liz — April 19, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    i love the brown sugar saver! prevents my brown sugar bags from turning into a hard bricks.

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    Jenise — April 19, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    My favorite kitchen item is my cast iron skillet, I love how it holds heat and cooks everything to perfection!

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    Catharine — April 19, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    My absolute favorite kitchen item is my silipat! Saves me money from parchment paper!

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    elaine c. — April 19, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    my favorite kitchen items are my red mixing bowls! i use them for everything.

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    elaine c. — April 19, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    already like you on Facebook!

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    elaine c. — April 19, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    already follow you on Twitter!

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    elaine c. — April 19, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    just subscribed to your RSS feed!

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    kristinayellow — April 19, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    My le cruset pot!

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    Susan N — April 19, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    I love my stand mixer. I killed several handheld ones making cookie dough, but the stand mixer is the best!

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    @cunninbr — April 19, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    I love my Kitchen Aid stand mixer! – Bre

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    @cunninbr — April 19, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Also, I just followed you on Twitter!

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    @cunninbr — April 19, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    And liked your Facebook! :)

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    @cunninbr — April 19, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Also subscribed to the RSS feed!

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    Stephanie — April 19, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Stainless steel bowls

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    Valerie — April 20, 2012 at 12:28 am

    My favorite kitchen gadget is my pampered chef can opener… sounds silly, but it's absolutely wonderful!

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    Shaheen — April 20, 2012 at 12:51 am

    I follow on FlipboardI. I love my silpat!!

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    Katherine — April 20, 2012 at 2:25 am

    It would have to be my stand mixer — that thing has been a lifesaver whenever I'm cooking double batches of baked goods!

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    @sharonjo2 — April 20, 2012 at 3:42 am

    My favorite kitchen item is my Kitchenaid mixer, and the dough hook that came with it is one gadget I absolutely love.

    Thank you for a lovely and generous giveaway. And congratulations on your 3-year anniversary!
    sharonjo at gwtc dot net

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    @sharonjo2 — April 20, 2012 at 3:43 am

    I follow you on twitter @sharonjo2

    sharonjo at gwtc dot net

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    @sharonjo2 — April 20, 2012 at 3:43 am

    I follow you on facebook.
    (Sharon O.)

    sharonjo at gwtc dot net

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    @sharonjo2 — April 20, 2012 at 3:44 am

    I subscribe to your feed via Google Reader.
    sharonjo at gwtc dot net

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    Gloria — April 20, 2012 at 3:48 am

    Congratulations on 3 years! My favorite kitchen tools are my cookie scoops.

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    Gloria — April 20, 2012 at 3:48 am

    I follow on twitter

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    Gloria — April 20, 2012 at 3:49 am

    I follow on facebook

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    Tina — April 20, 2012 at 5:38 am

    My favorite kitchen item is my big 12″ pan with lid from pampered chef. I use it almost every day!

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    Tina — April 20, 2012 at 5:40 am

    I follow happy heat on twitter

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    Jaimee — April 20, 2012 at 8:05 am

    My favorite kitchen tool is my iron wok! I can do virtually any dish in it. And after a while, you really establish a relationship with a pan! lol!

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    amy marantino — April 20, 2012 at 11:07 am

    i love my kitchenaid blender.

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    amy marantino — April 20, 2012 at 11:07 am

    i Follow @handleheat on twitter

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    amy marantino — April 20, 2012 at 11:07 am

    I already subscribe via RSS.

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    Kristina Thomson — April 20, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    My favorite tool is my immersion blender- I use it way more than I had originally anticipated. I also love my meat thermometer that has a out-of-oven display.

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    Chelsie — April 20, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    My favorite kitchen gadget is my ball whisk! It's so much easier to clean than a regular whisk.

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    Chelsie — April 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I am subscribed to your RSS feed.

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    Chelsie — April 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I followed you on facebook!

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    Melissa — April 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    My favorite kitchen items are food processors – makes chopping so much easier!

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    Emily J. — April 20, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    I couldn't live without a number of things in my kitchen but my Kitchen Aid has to be one of my absolute favorite. There are endless possibilities for it's use!

    I started following you on twitter. (spoonandswoon)

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    Emily J. — April 20, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    I follow you on Facebook!

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    Greta — April 20, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    I'm a college student so everything in my kitchen is borrowed/handed down/or cheap! It's so hard to pick one favorite though because each has its own unique character and personal attachment (like the hand held mixer that was my parents when they first got married). I guess I never really felt like I knew how to cook until I bought my own microplane… a true sign of independence!

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    KeepItSweet — April 21, 2012 at 11:16 am

    I actually think my cookie dough scoops are my favorite things… although I also love the new paddle on my mixer, no scraping the bowl necessary:-)

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    Mary O — April 21, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    My favorite kitchen utensil is food processor. Never realized how much I would use it :)

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    Kate — April 21, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    I also dislike gimmicky products, but I do LOVE my little garlic zoom! I'm Italian, so garlic goes in pretty much everything, and it saves so much time.

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    grace — April 21, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    i wouldn't be where i am today without my pastry cutter. true story.

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    heather — April 21, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    one item that is hard. I would have to say my kitchen aid mixer. use it all the time.

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    Heather — April 21, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    I follow you with google reader. My sister told me about your site and I love it!!!

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    mandy — April 21, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    oh i guess my coffee maker use it daily

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    chris — April 21, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    my meat thermometer

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    pamela — April 21, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    OxO can opener is my favorite gadget because it opens cans so effortlessly.

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    marty — April 21, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    can opener electronic and works great!

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    pamela — April 21, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    I just liked you on FB.

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    pamela — April 21, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    I just subscribed to get your blog updates in my email.

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    Jen — April 21, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    My favorite kitchen tool is an old chef's knife that I got from my Mom about 15 years ago. It's very comfortable to use and just the right weight. When I'm cooking without it for work or something I really miss it.

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    Katelyn — April 21, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    My favorite kitchen item is my Atlas Pasta Machine!

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    Katelyn — April 21, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    I'm following @handleheat on twitter

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    Katelyn — April 21, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    I “liked” you on Facebook

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    Ellen — April 21, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I adore my oven! :)

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    Ellen — April 21, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    I said my oven, and I follow on twitter!

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    Ellen — April 21, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    I said my oven, and I follow on facebook!

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    Ellen — April 21, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    I said my oven, and I am a subscriber as well!

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    Cathy — April 21, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    yay :) followed on twitter and facebook :)! Love to use these to bake for my adorable neices!! :)

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    Dina — April 21, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    I'm a subscriber and my favorite thing in the kitchen is a tie between my paring knife and my grandma's spatula.

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    Sandra — April 22, 2012 at 1:56 am

    I love my measuring spoons! I don't know what I would do without them!

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    Elana — April 22, 2012 at 10:16 am

    The cupcake recipe looks great, but I don't see any instructions as to where to put the ganache filling that you prepare first. Does it go in the oven with the cupcake mixture, or do you fill the cupcakes after they come out of the oven, before you put the frosting on? Please can you clarify? Thanks!

    • handleheat replied: — April 22nd, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

      Hi Elana – I fixed the recipe to include the step where you place the ganache filling on the batter before baking. Thanks for pointing out that error!

      • Elana replied: — April 23rd, 2012 @ 8:15 am

        Great, thanks! Can't wait to try the recipe :)

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    Beth — April 22, 2012 at 10:29 am

    My favorite kitchen tool is my garlic press! I can add fresh chopped garlic to my recipes without smelly hands!

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    Beth — April 22, 2012 at 10:31 am

    I already subscribe to your RSS Feed. Love it!

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    Beth — April 22, 2012 at 10:32 am

    I liked your page on Facebook!

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    Meaghan Dodson — April 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    My favorite kitchen tools have to be my Kitchen Aid mixer and my microplane zester! These two make my time time in the kitchen even more enjoyable!

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    Meaghan Dodson — April 22, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    I follow you on twitter!!

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    Meaghan Dodson — April 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    I follow you on FB!

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    Corinne — April 22, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    I follow you on Twitter!

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    Corinne — April 22, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    My favorite kitchen tool has to be my KitchenAid mixer- I love that thing. I used to to shred chicken, obviously for baking, as well as making mashed potatoes. I can't live without it!

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    Corinne — April 22, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Oh, and I subscribed to you via RSS feed!

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    Nancy T — April 22, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    I love my KitchenAid mixer!

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    Amanda Thompson — April 22, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    I think it is a tie between my coffee maker and my stand mixer!!

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    Amanda Thompson — April 22, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I subscribe to your rss feed via email :)

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    Olivia — April 22, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I love my taylor candy thermometer! It makes great sweets, especially carmel!

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    Olivia — April 22, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    I am a facebook follower!

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    Hannah — April 22, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    My chef's knife is my favorite kitchen tool. I use it almost every time I cook.

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    Andrea — April 22, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    I loved my horizontal peeler but cant find it! And Kitchenaid mixer is great!

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    Andrea — April 22, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    I already subscribe via RSS.

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    Shannon — April 22, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    my favorite kitchen tool? while i should say my knife, i might have to go with my vitamix ;) one of the few splurges i've made in my kitchen and boy is it worth it!

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    Jan — April 22, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    I'm already a subscriber. My favorite appliance is my Kitchen Aid mixer,but I love new gadgets!

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    thesweetslife — April 23, 2012 at 2:10 am

    can't live without my kitchen aid :) ps. thanks for the amazing giveaway! I've made these cupcakes before, they really are the best!

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    thesweetslife — April 23, 2012 at 2:10 am

    and i follow on twitter!!

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    thesweetslife — April 23, 2012 at 2:11 am

    …and google reader subscriber!

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    Rachel @ Bakerita — April 23, 2012 at 7:24 am

    My favorite kitchen gadget is my food scale! I don't know how I survived before I had that thing – makes all my recipes come out the same every time!

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    Rachel @ Bakerita — April 23, 2012 at 7:24 am

    I already follow you on Twitter!

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    Rachel @ Bakerita — April 23, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Liked on FB

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    Rachel @ Bakerita — April 23, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Subscribed via email

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    Melissa — April 23, 2012 at 8:37 am

    I follow you on twitter

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    Melissa — April 23, 2012 at 8:39 am

    I follow you on facebook too

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    Melissa — April 23, 2012 at 8:43 am

    My favorite kitchen item is my mini cupcake pan. Although I do use it mainly for making peanut butter cookies with Reeses Peanut Butter cups in the middle of them.

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    Daniella — April 23, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Great blog! I'm a culinary student from Seattle, so basically a kitchen gadget junky. I can spends hours in kitchen ware stores, but I think my favorite tool is my french dowel-like rolling pin. Its little boring to look at, but I love essential tools like that. Nothing else could get the job done as efficiently and expertly, that makes me happy! Happy baking!

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    ahenry73 — April 23, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    My stand mixer is my favorite kitchen item.

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    ahenry73 — April 23, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I am a long time FB liker of HTH!!

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    ahenry73 — April 23, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I have had an RSS feed of HTH for over a year!!

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    ahenry73 — April 23, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Darn it, I have no twitter account, but I do frequently pin your recipes on Pinterest. Shouldn't that count for something, LOL.

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    Andrea — April 23, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    My favorite thing in the kitchen is my husband! He does most of the cooking and is amazing at it. I really lucked out.

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    Julie M. — April 23, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    My standing mixer is my fav tool by far!

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    Emily H. — April 23, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    My salad spinner is probably my favorite kitchen gadget, use it all the time!

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    Alexandria — April 24, 2012 at 3:20 am

    My favorite kitchen item is food processor.

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    Mengda Zhang — April 24, 2012 at 3:20 am

    My favorite kitchen tool would be a kitchen aid… if I had one. But being a student is just too poor. I love my microwave, it cooks everything ^__^

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    Mengda Zhang — April 24, 2012 at 3:21 am

    I Liked you on FB!

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    Alexandria — April 24, 2012 at 3:21 am

    I follow handlheat on Twitter.

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    Mengda Zhang — April 24, 2012 at 3:26 am

    I'm following you on twitter

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    Miriam — April 24, 2012 at 11:37 am

    My favorite kitchen item is my mixer! (Does dishwasher count? We recently moved and got a dishwasher in our new kitchen – LOVE!!)

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    jay travis — April 24, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    my favorite kitchen gadget would certainly have to be a simple, oval shaped wooden trivet from my late grandmas kitchen. I cant describe how it makes me feel every time i put it out… on holidays, my cousins and I would be running around playing while the adults cooked, and whenever we saw that little piece of wood on teh table, we knew a hot bowl of mashed potatoes wasn't far behind :-)

    jay travis

    Jay@jaytravis.com

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    Laura — April 25, 2012 at 12:38 am

    I love my silicone baking cups- they make cleaning up easy and save space in my cabinets!

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    Laura — April 25, 2012 at 12:39 am

    I already subscribe via RSS.

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    Shayna — April 25, 2012 at 3:41 am

    My favorite kitchen tool would probably have to be my kitchenaid stand mixer that I just got recently for my birthday. I follow you on FB and I'm a subscriber on your RSS feed:)

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    Kennedy — April 25, 2012 at 4:54 am

    Hi! My name is Kennedy, I'm 17 and I bake like crazy! My favorite item in my kitchen is definitely my Kitchenaid mixer. I got it for Christmas last year and it is such a life saver! I also love my AirBake baking sheet. Every cookie comes out perfect and golden brown. :)
    I'm a follower of your facebook page and your blog is fabulous!

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    Shawndra — April 25, 2012 at 5:21 am

    I love my silicone spatulas. I use them for almost everything.

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    @LifesDeepColors — April 25, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    My favorite kitchen item is my vegetable peeler. I love how sharp and efficient it is.

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    @LifesDeepColors — April 25, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    I follow @handleheat as @lifesdeepcolors

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    meganlovesgiveaways — April 25, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    My favorite kitchen item…hm…that's hard! I'd go with my measuring cup set that includes a 1/8, 2/3, and 3/4 cup.

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    meganlovesgiveaways — April 25, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    I'm following on twitter @megans_madness

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    meganlovesgiveaways — April 25, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I “like” Handle the Heat on FB.

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    meganlovesgiveaways — April 25, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    I subscribe via Google Reader

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    Rachel — April 25, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    i love my garlic press….it's so much easier than having to cut up little pieces of garlic.

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    Angie — April 26, 2012 at 7:35 am

    I love my Silpat because nothing sticks to it, and the clean up is super easy!

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    Angie — April 26, 2012 at 7:36 am

    I'm already a subscriber to your feed.

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    Carol H — April 28, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    I am gadget happy and am constantly buying new ones. My chef's knife and the old fashioned 4-sized grater get used the most.

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    cnuland — April 29, 2012 at 2:06 am

    My favorite kitchen tool is my whisks.

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    snoozinchat — April 29, 2012 at 4:24 am

    I love my spatula!
    Cat

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    snoozinchat — April 29, 2012 at 4:24 am

    I follow you on Twitter (as picatasi)
    Cat

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    snoozinchat — April 29, 2012 at 4:27 am

    I've liked you on FB
    Cat

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    snoozinchat — April 29, 2012 at 4:27 am

    I subscribe to you via RSS

    Cat

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    Ericka — April 29, 2012 at 5:46 am

    Hi! I love your blog
    My favorite kitchen gadget is probably all my different cookie cutters =)

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    @busy_living — April 29, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I love my Kitchenaid mixer!
    (sorry for the blank comment above. i'm not sure how that happened)

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    @busy_living — April 29, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I already follow you on twitter :)

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    @busy_living — April 29, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    I liked you on facebook!

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    pixie — September 18, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    i have never heard of bread flour. i only have wheat flour and all purpose white flour. would it make a difference to use either one of those or should i make these another time wheni find bread flour?

    • Tessa replied: — September 18th, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

      Bread flour is found in most grocery stores next to AP flour here in the U.S. (I don’t know if you’re in the U.S. or not). However, you should be able to use all purpose white flour. The cupcakes might be a bit more crumbly but I think it would be fine.

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    zara asif — November 12, 2013 at 2:50 am

    Hey can I make these in tea cupcake molds? Please reply as soon as possible. Thankyou

    • Tessa replied: — November 12th, 2013 @ 10:18 am

      I’ve never used tea cupcake molds so I’m not sure – I would assume you can just follow the recipe as is then fill the batter and bake according to the directions on the molds.

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