This article is featured in the December '07 Feeding Your Family Newsletter
In this season of rolling pins, there are often sudden, urgent needs to truly understand the concept of 7/8ths of an inch, or to intuit a 9-inch circle.
Why not eliminate the guesswork? Keep a little 12-inch metal ruler in your kitchen at all times, as a standard tool.
It is endlessly useful - for measuring pans, the width of cookies, the size of a vegetable cut, the diameter of a circle of dough. It's also extremely low-tech, which we like.
Get one quick - from the hardware store, of course - before Martha and various glossy catalogs start selling stainless steel versions with cake and pie inscriptions instead of inch marks! (You know it's going to happen.)
- Larissa Phillips