Category Archives: Contests

Judging the 2012 Ghirardelli Chocolate Championships

Contest Winners

The LA County Fair has been going on for the past few weeks here in Southern California. It is the largest county fair in the US, with nearly 1.5 million visiting the fairgrounds during its one month run. You’ll find all kinds of games, rides and attractions, as well as 22 different cooking contests where home chefs and bakers can put their skills up to ... Read More »

Rocket Pop Mold Giveaway!

Tovolo Rocket Pop Molds

Popsicles are a wonderful summertime treat, and while it is entirely possible to make popsicles without a mold and get great results, it’s always a little bit more fun to have some neat molds for making ice pops. There are all kinds of popsicle molds out there – both in very plain and more elaborate designs – but one of my favorite molds are in ... Read More »

Threadcakes Cake Contest 2012

Threadcakes 2011 2nd Place Winner

Are you inspired by all those TV shows where bakers and pastry chefs create works of art from cake, rice krispy treats and fondant? Are you a fan of the all the nifty, user-submitted designs on the tee’s at Threadless? If so, than the Threadcakes Cake Contest is for you! For the last three years, I’ve had the opportunity to be one of the judges ... Read More »

Nordicware Heritage Bundt Pan Giveaway!

One of my favorite bundt pans in my collection is my Nordicware Heritage Bundt Pan, which features a lovely spiral design with deep ridges that bakes very dramatic cakes. Like other Nordicware pans, this one is made of heavy duty cast aluminum and features a nonstick finish inside that helps the cake pop out easily every time you bake with it. It makes a wonderful ... Read More »

Countdown to 45th Pillsbury Bake-Off

Pillsbury Bake-Off

There are just a few short days left before the 45th Pillsbury Bake-Off will be held in Orlando, Florida. This contest is the biggest, longest-running cooking contest in the US and offers finalists a chance at a huge prize: $1 million dollars. The contest is so popular that what was once an annual event now takes two years to organize because there are so many ... Read More »

The Dessert Architect Cookbook giveaway!

The Dessert Architect Cookbook

There is an art to putting together a restaurant-style plated dessert. With a little practice and a good sense of style, you can definitely put an upscale twist on your at-home dessert presentations, but starting out with a guide that will teach you the ins-and-outs of creating these impressive desserts is an easier way to begin. To get you started, I’m giving away a copy ... Read More »

M-Cups and M-Spoons Giveaway!

M-Cups and M-Spoons Giveaway!

M-Cups are a very unusual set of measuring cups designed by Fred Studios. These cups have a design inspired by matroyshka dolls, also known as Russian nesting dolls. The traditional dolls – typically made of wood, but here made of food-grade plastic – split in two at the “waist” and open to reveal another, smaller, doll inside. Fred’s M-Cups are shaped like the traditional dolls ... Read More »

Pot Pie Pan giveaway!

Chicago Metallic Pot Pie Pan

You can eat pie any time of year, but fall is really pie season for me. It’s the time of year when apple pie seems to taste its very best and when hearty chicken pot pies are the perfect comfort food. Pies are tasty whatever filling you pile inside, and they can be fun to make and serve, as well. A new pan from Chicago ... Read More »

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