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Guest post by (my dear friend and assistant) Emilia Juocys It was just Thanksgiving last week, right? Oh, wait, Christmas is this week. That means I have to get into high gear for cookie baking and prepping Christmas Eve dinner. Time has flown by so fast, and I’ve been curling across the Midwest and up in Canada. No matter where I am, I am drawn to local bakeries to see their holiday offerings or talk about baking traditions from local hosts. Home baking soothes me, calms me—even if I bake at 2:00 in the morning listening to dance music, my bake rave time. Measuring ingredients, creaming the fats and sugars, rolling out dough, cutting shapes; I just love it all. Cookie baking is my passion. Cookies are the best to share with friends and family. This year I Read On »

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Another chance for 50% off all Ruhlman products! We wanted to give you another opportunity to purchase holiday gifts for your friends and family! So we’re making all the tools from shop.ruhlman.com 50% off for ONE more day. Be sure to enter the promo code JOY into the designated field. Mac and Michael made these tools to make cooking easier and more fun. My mom loves using them and brags about them constantly. Most recently my friend Tricia Keels of No Chefs Allowed used the Spanker on air with Fox 28 in Columbus, Ohio, to make her Beer Cheese Soup. As you all know, the tools began with the simple offset spoon, Michael’s favorite. Great for basting and skimming as it dips naturally into the pan. The offsetness let to offset soup spoons that won’t slide into the soup! And then the big offset Read On »

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After my assistant, Emilia Juocys, returned from a food-related trip to California, I asked her how it was. I’d heard about Eat Retreat but didn’t have a clear sense of what it was. I said, “Why don’t you write a post about it.”Though what she sent me was considerably more personal than I’d anticipated, it also underscored what we all recognize: the power of food to connect us to one another. —M.R. By Emilia Juocys With all of the changes I have experienced in the last 12 months I needed to do something different and meet some new people, especially in the culinary world. Chicago had been great to me but I left in the fall to return home because I was getting divorced after nine years of marriage. Never expected it, but life happens, people change, and the Read On »

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Learn more about the business of gluten free items and sales with this infographic, via Food Tech Connect.

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Chris Anderson has been with TED for over 13 years and has taken it to the next level, via NYT.

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