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2nd place in baking contest is second to none

Taking home a blue, first-prize ribbon is the ultimate goal of just about everyone who enters a competition, whether it be a sporting event or a culinary one. Second place is nothing to be ashamed of, either, as finishing near the top – regardless of placing – shows that the judges recognized your ability above almost all of the other competitors. But for one woman ... Read More »

Barking hot dog cooker

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 This year, I didn’t end up grilling hot dogs for the fourth of July and opted for a simple salad and grilled corn (vacation recovery fare). If I had had a Barking Hot Dog Cooker, I might have reconsidered. It’s not that I don’t love my grill, but the cuteness of this little gadget is hard to resist. The cooker steams up to six hot dogs ... Read More »

I’m back… and brought a contest with me!

It was nearly two weeks ago that I mentioned I would be taking a little travel break and that when I came back, I would have a little contest to announce. The contest is a simple one: all you have to do is guess where I was. Leave your guess in the comments section and the first person to guess correctly will win a cookbook, either one ... Read More »

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Fourth of July, everyone. No new recipe today (it is, after all, a national holiday), but hopefully you already have a festive batch of 4th of July Cupcakes or a Red, White and Blue Velvet Cake ready to go. Read More »

Red, White and Blue Velvet Cake

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The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays, largely because I like both cookouts and fireworks and, assuming that you live in the US, you are virtually guaranteed to have access to both today. Hamburgers and hot dogs (meat or veggie) are top choices for grillers, and nothing complements them like some grilled corn on the cob, cold cole slaw or, if you ... Read More »

4th of July Cupcake Flag

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This 4th of July Cupcake Flag is the end result of all the chocolate and vanilla cupcakes I posted about earlier, and it would be a perfectly fitting dessert to bring to an Independence Day barbecue or other get-together. I was inspired by a cupcake flagthat I saw several months ago. I bookmarked the page with the flag’s picture, making a mental note that I needed ... Read More »

Easy Chocolate Cupcakes

 There are many, many different recipes for chocolate cupcakes out there and, as much as I like to be creative and try as many of them as I can, I also like to have an easy, reliable recipe to fall back on when I need cupcakes in a hurry.  This is my “old reliable” chocolate cupcake recipe. The cupcakes have a deep chocolate flavor and ... Read More »

Potassium bromate and banning flour additives

While there are many who are against the “food police,” the unspecific group of people who protest junk food  in school lunches, support banning fois gras and trans fats and, in general, want to keep an eye on what we’re eating for the sake of general wellness, there are many instances where their help can be appreciated. The debate over fois gras might be a ... Read More »

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