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What? You Don’t Decorate?

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Okay … it’s confession time. Despite the fact that I’ve been baking since I was a little kid, and I’ve been developing baked good recipes my entire career AND I’ve worked in the Wilton test kitchen for over 9 years, I’m not really a cake decorator.


The Cookie Enjoyed Around The World

Friday, December 24th, 2010

The headline here might be a bit misleading. This blog post isn’t actually about a single cookie, but instead about a single cookie dough that is used to create favorite cookies in many countries. (more…)

Cookies – An International Holiday Tradition

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Favorite holiday memories invariably include cookies in countless shapes, sizes and flavors, often decked out in colorful decorations. Our country is such a melting pot, that so many of the traditional holiday cookies find their origins in the treats that have been baked for centuries in countries far away. Winter holidays around the globe have provided sweet inspiration for all manner of adored cookie recipes. (more…)

It’s College Care Package Time

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

If you have a kid in college, you’ve probably already received an email or letter in the mail “offering” to send your child a care package for (insert appropriate occasion) the first few weeks of class, mid-terms, Halloween, and soon… upcoming Finals. The options offered are usually heavy on the candy and on the price. (more…)

Hot Time, Summer in the City – Cake Decorating at its Most Challenging

Monday, June 14th, 2010

I’ll never forget that morning last August walking into the Bake, Decorate, Celebrate! taping studio.  Before leaving the night before, my assistants Joann and Linda, and I had decorated the many projects needed for the next day’s tapings – all in various stages of being decorated with fondant, buttercream or both – and set them on racks in the studio. What I found the next day was floppy fondant flowers drooping off cake top borders, icing colors bleeding from soft royal icing decorations and buttercream bubbling off the sides of cakes.


These Are A Few Of My Favorite Sweet Things

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

My motto is that no event or occasion is complete without a special homemade dessert. And, while the creative test kitchen person in me is always on the lookout for something new to bake, the realist often surfaces … I don’t have time! (more…)