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Molasses Bourbon Sandwich Cookies

Molasses Bourbon Sandwich Cookies

This year, I was again honored to serve as a judge at the Los Angeles County Fair for some of their baking competitions. The bakers who come to the fair are always incredibly creative and picking out the best recipe is not an easy task. Fortunately, I don’t mind a tough job! One of the contests that I judged this year was the Gold Medal ... Read More »

Judging at the 2015 LA County Fair: Gold Medal Flour Cookie Contest!

LA County Fair Judging

Last weekend, I had the honor of serving as a judge out at the Los Angeles County Fair. There are a huge number of cooking and baking contests held at the fair every year, from barbecue to brownies to cake decorating. Some of the contests offer up only bragging rights and brightly colored ribbons, while others offer additional prizes. The Gold Medal Flour Cookie contest ... Read More »

Scenes from LA Times’ The Taste, 2015

Scenes from LA Times' The Taste, 2015

Los Angeles Times’ The Taste is a huge annual food festival that showcases Los Angeles chefs and restaurants, as well as other food and beverage brands. The festival is located on the Paramount Studios backlot, giving it a particularly LA feel – and providing a beautiful backdrop for some fantastic food. The event is broken up into several smaller events – morning and evening over the ... Read More »

Baking Bites & Spam on San Diego Living

Baking Bites on San Diego Living

Last week, I served as the judge at the San Diego County Fair for the Great American Spam Championship. This cooking contest is a huge national event that is held at 26 different state and county fairs across the country every year. There are divisions for both youth chefs and adults – and the grand prize for coming out on top of all the other ... Read More »

The 13th Annual Waikiki SpamJam

Nicole and Spammy

If you have ever visited Hawaii, you know that Spam is hugely popular there and that it used in all types of dishes, from breakfast scrambles to musubi snacks to burgers. With that in mind, it should be no surprise to hear that the biggest Spam festival in the country is held in the state the consumes more Spam than any other. This year I ... Read More »

Vanilla Pretzel Butter Cookies

Vanilla Pretzel Butter Cookies

The holidays are a time of the year that is always filled with cookies for my family. Everyone bakes them and everyone brings them when we get together for gatherings. My grandmother always had one type of cookie that was storebought and, even with a wealth of homemade cookies to choose from, I often chose to eat a few of those before touching any of ... Read More »

47th Pillsbury Bake-Off Recap!

Nicole and the Doughboy at the 47th Annual Pillsbury Bake Off

The Pillsbury Bake-Off is the biggest amateur cooking and baking contest in the world, with a grand prize of a million dollars going to one creative home cook. There were tens of thousands of entries this year, for the 47th Bake-Off contest, and that number was slowly whittled down to 100 finalists after a rigorous process of test kitchen baking, tasting and evaluation based on the ... Read More »

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