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Aunt Ann Blueberry Boy Bait on marble

Retro Recipe Week, Day Three

Blueberry “Boy Bait.”  How’s that for a recipe title?  I think only in 1954 could one get away with a name like that.  The recipe won $2,000 at the 5th Pillsbury Bake-Off by a teen-age girl from Chicago, who said she made it often for her friends, assuming at least one was a boy she […]

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Pillsbury Bake-Off #45: Pumpkin Ravioli with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream

It’s the 45th Pillsbury Bake-Off with a million dollar winner and Martha Stewart as host. What could be more fun – except add Orlando to the mix and you have the makings of a magical contest!

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Pillsbury Bake-Off #44 – Part 2: More Memories and Photos!

Welcome to Part II of the 44th Pillsbury Bake-Off contest!  If you didn’t read Part I, you will find it right after this blog.  As mentioned in Part I, I had received many heartfelt memories from some of the contestants who wanted to share their Bake-Off experiences with you, but there wasn’t enough space in […]

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Bake-Off # 44: Mini Ice Cream Cookie Cups (Part 1)

Sue Compton was the first New Jersey resident in history to win the Pillsbury Bake-Off.  Not only that, she had never entered a recipe contest before, and entered the contest one week before the deadline, with the encouragement of her mom and son, Jon.  And listen how she decided which products to use-  Sue took a spin […]

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Bake-Off # 43: Double-Delight Peanut Butter Cookies

Carolyn Gurtz, million dollar winner of the 43rd Pillsbury Bake-Off contest, wasn’t expecting her “Double-Delight Peanut Butter Cookies” to be the one selected for competition.  She was sure it would be one of her other entries using peanut butter, which was peanut butter pancakes with a strawberry jam sauce (which sounds fabulous!).  “I’ve been entering […]

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Bake-Off # 42: Baked Chicken and Spinach Stuffing

When someone is a great cook, many times the person has learned the way around a kitchen from their mother.  In the case of Anna Ginsberg, million dollar winner of Bake-Off # 42, this was not to be.  Anna’s mother, “who couldn’t cook at all and had no desire,” says Anna, still encouraged her daughter to […]

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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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Pillsbury Bake-Off 1950

The Grand Prize winning recipe from Pillsbury Bake Off 2 in 1950 was “Orange Kiss-Me Cake.”

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