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5 Tips for Baking Contest Entrants from a Judge

Nicole and Leslie Judge

I love judging baking and cooking contests. They’re always exciting events, because everyone who attends is psyched up for the competition. Most contests don’t have MasterChef-style elimination rounds built into them, so the competitors tend to be friendly and supportive of one another, even if they all think that their recipe is the best. But I do see some of the same things over and ... Read More »

The 2012 Rodelle Challenge

Rodelle Challenge

We have all had disasters in the kitchen before. Whether you added salt to a batch of cookies instead of sugar, stepped away from the stove to answer the phone and ended up with kitchen full of smoke, or discovered too late that your cousin put a frozen turkey into the oven for Thanksgiving dinner without defrosting it first, something as gone wrong at least ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook giveaway!

The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook

I’ve been enjoying my copy of The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook, the newest cookbook from Chris Kimball and the rest of the team at America’s Test Kitchen. The huge book has more than 2000 recipes and was put out to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Cook’s Illustrated magazine. To read a full review of the book, check out this post. To do ... 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 »

Threadcakes Cake Contest 2011

For the last two years, I’ve had the opportunity to be one of the judges for the Threadcakes Cake Contest and I’m happy to say that I’m back to judge for the third year in a row! The cake contest challenges people to create edible works of art in the form of cakes inspired by Threadless t-shirt designs (such as this popsicle t-shirt I recently ... Read More »

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