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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 »

Go Bold Spring Pillsbury Baking Giveaway! (closed)

Pillsbury Giveaway

One of the reasons that everyone looks forward to spring after a long, cold winter is that everything starts to explode with color this time of year, as plants come back to life and flowers burst open. The baking aisle happens to be brightening up with lots of colors, too, thanks to Pillsbury’s Funfetti® Bold Cupcake & Cake Mixes and Frostings. This new line is ... Read More »

March Madness Cupcakes

March Madness Cupcakes

March Madness is the popular name for the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship series, which primarily takes place during March every year. The single elimination tournament is so popular that even people who don’t watch basketball the rest of the season get into it, rooting for their alma matter or the college team that is local to their area. Like the Super Bowl, it ... Read More »

47th Pillsbury Bake-Off Open to Entries

Bake-Off Banner

When it was founded, the Pillsbury Bake-Off took place every year. For many years, the Pillsbury Bake-Off has been operating on a bi-annual scheduled due to the amount of entries that are received and the amount of time that it takes the Bake-Off’s full-time staff to test and evaluate those entries. The contest is the largest and most famous baking contest out there, with a ... Read More »

Cranberry Pecan Shortbread Tart

Cranberry Pecan Shortbread Tart

Cranberry sauce is a staple for most holiday tables, no matter what kind of roast you are preparing. The sweet-tart berries provide a burst of flavor to contrast with some of the richness of other holiday dishes and they add a pop of color to the table. Leftover cranberry sauce is a great ingredient to bake with, too, and I use it regularly in bar ... Read More »

Salted Caramel Apple Mug Cake

Salted Caramel Apple Mug Cake

Mug cakes are exactly what they sound like: they are cakes that are “baked” in mugs in the microwave. If you want to be fancy about it, you can actually get away with calling this molecular gastronomy, but they’re just a way to get a warm, fresh serving of cake as quickly as possible. The problem with mug cakes is that they can be spongy ... Read More »

Orangesicle Magic Bars

Orangesicle Bars

Magic bars are a popular bar cookie get their name because they require few ingredients and are so easy to make that it’s hard to believe they taste as good as they do. The classic recipe features chocolate, nuts and coconut on a graham cracker crust and while it is a fantastic combination of flavors, there are times when a little variety is good. I ... Read More »

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