A British woman living in India shares her stories of Indian street food and her love of baking in her blog, via Eat & Dust.

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Was it born in Pennsylvania or in Maine?  Learn more about the tie to the Amish and types of fillings, via Wall Street Journal.

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Epiphany has passed.  Did you have your galette des rois (kings’ cake)?  A French dessert comprised of puff pastry, frangipane and a ceramic figure, via the Huffington Post.

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The genomes for the chocolate tree and plant have been released by competing chocolate companies. Learn more about the science behind chocolate, via Nature.com.

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Congratulations on the holiday cookie recipe challenge to Bryony DuPont of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, whose spice cookies wins the drop cookie category, and to Robin Cohen of Arlington, Massachusetts, author of the dovesandfigs blog, who’s Rugalach wins the cut cookie category.  I assure you that my affection for Cleveland Heights and my affection for people who cook with goosefat (see Robin’s current post), did not weigh into the verdict (cookies above, photo by Donna Turner Ruhlman, thanks Donna!). The cookies were executed and evaluated by Marlene Newell and several bakers at her site CooksKorner: Dana Noffsinger, Kim Shook (she has public virtual recipe book here), Kerry Beal, aka The Chocolate Doctor, and Anna Serginson.  Thank you all!  My able assistant Emilia Juocys, also a primary tester, tabulated all results on a spread sheet.  Cookies were Read On »

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