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Fresh 20 party Melissa on red carpet

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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Michael Symon Carnivore

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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Mrs. Chard’s Produce Stand

Have you ever wanted to travel to a place where life is simple, quiet, and steeped in early American history with little sense of time’s intervention?  A place where modern demands and pressures suddenly don’t seem so important?  There is such a place, and one that many Americans have never traveled to, nor even know […]

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A Cozy Restaurant in Vermont

This cookbook is a true treasure. The recipes are from a former popular restaurant in Vermont. You will love to have this book in your collection!

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Ain’t Life Grand?!

I lost the dust jacket from this book long ago, so it’s not much of a photo.  However, the recipes will make up for it.  Great Dinners from Life is a classic from Time-Life Books.  The first few lines say:  “This is a book for people who like to have friends in for dinner.  It is […]

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