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Loaded Potato Pinwheels

Loaded Potato Puffs

The 46th annual Pillsbury Bake Off competition was held last week in Las Vegas. The contest is the largest cooking contest in the world, with a grand prize of $1 million dollars for the creator of the winning recipe. For the past few years, the winning recipes have been sweet treats – cookies and other desserts – but this year the winner was something a ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

Judging the 2011 Ice Cream Cupcake Contest

Ice Cream Cupcake Contest: Honey Hazelnut

Ice cream cakes are a delicious dessert and can be even better when they come in a smaller, cuter cupcake size. This is party because you can actually be more creative with cupcakes than you can with full sized cakes, as my own Root Beer Float Cupcakes demonstrate because they work perfectly in a cupcake package. So, I was honored to be asked to judge ... Read More »

Judging at the Crisco 2010 National Pie Championships

Nicole taking photos of pie

I love pie, so when I had the opportunity to become a judge at the Crisco 2010 National Pie Championships at the American Pie Council‘s Great American Pie Festival, I jumped at it. This is the biggest pie contest in the country, with categories for commercial pies – such as those you find at grocery store bakeries and in restaurant bakeries, like Kroger and Baker’s ... Read More »

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