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Recipe Reveal: Lemon Roulade


Lemon Roulade

Lemon Roulade is a citrusy and showy springtime dessert.

Springtime is officially here now that the Peepers are singing, so when it comes to baking for a special occasion, my thoughts drift towards things that are light in appearance but still pack a nice punch of flavor.
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Recipe Reveal: Red Velvet Cupcakes


Red Velvet Cupcake with traditional Ermine Icing.

Red Velvet Cupcake with traditional Ermine Icing. —Patricia Gay photo

At our newspaper office we celebrate birthdays in a low key way. Someone will circulate a humorous card, and someone else will either bake a cake or a pie or buy an ice cream cake or cookies. Nothing fancy, just enough to let the Birthday Guy or Gal know we think they’re special.

I’ve seriously cut back on sugar, so my co-workers surprised me with a lovely fresh fruit platter. Perfect.

For my editor’s birthday, I was in a baking mood and decided to make Red Velvet Cupcakes. Chosen for no particular reason, just for the fun factor. Read more…

The American Baking Competition cooks up a storm


Francine's Peanut Butter Bacon Pie was a surprise hit with judge Paul Hollywood on The American Baking Competition.

Francine’s Peanut Butter Bacon Pie was a surprise hit with judge Paul Hollywood on The American Baking Competition.

american-baking-competitionThere’s a delicious show on CBS these days called The American Baking Competition, a reality show aimed at finding the best amateur baker in the United States.

Move over MasterChef, I think this is the best new cooking show to hit the airwaves.

Pies, cookies, cakes, bread, and über-skillful desserts like croissants, macarons and soufflés are all part of the delicacies the contestants have to make in their baking challenges.

As a home baker myself, I’m hooked on this show. And I almost missed it. After the first episode aired in late May, my sister Carol called. “Did you see the new baking show? It’s so good, you should be on it!” she said.

I hadn’t even heard of it. Read more…

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