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Contest Queen Shirley DeSantis

Longtime cooking contester Shirley DeSantis sent me this chocolate chip cookie book to help rebuild The Culinary Cellar.

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The Shockingly Wonderful Dorothy Reinhold

Dorothy Reinhold writes a popular blog called “Shockingly Delicious.” Dorothy sent me a box of cookbooks that included these wonderful “Black-Out” cookies.

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Lauren Katz, America’s Baking Champ

The very talented Lauren Katz has a resume of winning cooking contests as long as your arm! Come and read about some of them.

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Donna-Marie Ryan: Creative Cooking with Science

Donna-Marie is a retired biology teacher and talented cook. In a generous box of books she sent me, one had the perfect recipe for Valentine’s Day!

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In Memory of Pam

In memory of our cooking contest friend, Pam Correll.

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Throwback Thursday Winning Cookies

From a past contest, my daughter Kristina won a prize for her Rosemary-Scented Lemon Curd and Mascarpone Sandwich Cookies. One bite and you will know why.

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Cooking Champ in the White House

Areli Biggers made it all the way to the White House, not to mention winning other cooking contests! I’d call her a Super Champ!

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Bake-Off Superstar

Since I wrote about Bake-Off books in yesterday’s blog, I thought I would tell you today about a superstar Bake-Off winner.

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