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Sweet Stories- and a Giveaway!

Did you know that Duncan Hines cake mixes are named after an actual person, while Betty Crocker was simply the figment of someone’s imagination in the marketing department at General Mills?  Boston Cream Pie is not a pie at all, but a cake?  Whoopie Pies are not pies, but cookies?  An Anzac biscuit is not a […]

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Hatching Up Some Recipes

Why have I never seen this book before?  I could have used it in countless ways over the years.  Think of all the times making crème brulee with yolks and leftover whites, or angel food cakes with a dozen whites and all those yolks.  I found this book last weekend at a book sale.  I picked it […]

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The James Beard Awards 2013

The James Beard Foundation was founded in 1986, and you would be hard pressed to find anyone in the culinary world who would not love to win this medal, which is equivalent to winning an Academy Award Oscar.  The foundation is dedicated to celebrating and preserving America’s culinary heritage and future. James Beard was a cookbook […]

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Cookbook on the Red Carpet

Melissa Lanz, author of The Fresh 20,  wasn’t raised on fresh foods;  it was more Swanson TV dinners and anything in a box or bottle.  It took years for her to overcome her family food culture of processed foods.  The Fresh 20 is the result of Melissa’s journey to healthy eating, and now she wants her efforts […]

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Night with a Carnivore

Iron Chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, and co-host of The Chew,  Michael Symon, is also a longtime affiliate with Calphalon.  In celebration of Calphalon’s fifty years and to present Symon’s newest cookbook, Carnivore, Calphalon hosted a dinner to showcase both.  My daughter Kristina and I were thrilled to be invited to the event held at the Calphalon kitchens in […]

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Pesto from one of my Favorite Guys

Hello, Bert.  How I still miss you.  If Bert Greene were still with us, he would tell you his favorite summer herb was basil.  When he ran The Store in Amagansett on Long Island, he used to grow yards and yards of it in a brick-bordered kitchen garden behind his house.  This is the pesto […]

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