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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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Secrets of the Old Tin Box

Anna Juljaana Vanni Halonen was my husband Bill’s Finnish aunt, known to the family as Aunt Ann.  When Bill and his cousins recently started cleaning out Aunt Ann’s home in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the kitchen revealed some family treasures.  If there is anything that gets my attention more than old cookbooks, it’s old recipe boxes.  When Bill […]

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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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Wednesday Winner: (Grand National) Bake-Off # 15: Hungry Boys’ Casserole

The International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California was the exciting venue for the 15th Pillsbury Bake-Off contest.  One hundred excited contestants walked into the ballroom “Grand March” style and found their assigned areas to prepare their chosen dishes for the judges.  Television lights go up and the media descends upon the finalists, pen […]

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What’s a Road Trip without a Diner Dessert?

Going on a Road Trip this summer? Don’t miss all the great diners across the country, then buy this great cookbook, Diner Desserts!

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First Pillsbury Bake-Off 1949

I will be writing about every single Pillsbury Bake-Off contest since the first in 1949! Let’s get started on this fun journey!

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