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October Baker's Calendar

October Baker’s Calendar

This is it, folks! The busy baking season is upon us with all of the seasonal scents and flavors we adore! Now is the time for pumpkins, cinnamon, raisins, black walnuts, and everything else that makes our tummies rumble and our mouths water. Each month we produce a calendar full of timely tips and recipes, […]

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Bite-Sized Baking for Home, School and Artisan Bakers

Bite-Sized Baking for Home, School and Artisan Bakers

In our workshops, culinary educators and consumers tell me they’re time challenged. Plus, “our ingredient budgets are really tight- how do we bake for 25 students?”  I understand. I had 42-minute class periods to bake with junior high students and virtually no ingredient budget. Tough as it is to imagine, we may BENEFIT from this […]

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Black Walnuts: Getting to Know "The Truffle of Nuts"

Black Walnuts: Getting to Know “The Truffle of Nuts”

By Sharon Davis, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, Home Baking Association Kim Hammons knows black walnuts!  She describes them as “bold and wild, and they are America’s native nut,” Kim says.  “They are capturing bakers, culinary and health professionals’ attention because they are high in protein, rich in tannins and healthy oils. For special diets, […]

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September Is Whole Grains Month

September Is Whole Grains Month

Every September, we celebrate the goodness of whole grains! The annual Whole Grains Month campaign brings whole grain recipes, health information, cooking tips, and much more to people around the world. Whole Grains Month is a great time for everyone to get on the whole grains bandwagon. Eating better is not an all-or-nothing choice. Every little improvement you make […]

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September Baker's Calendar

September Baker’s Calendar

Autumn in American households is a busy time of year, brimming with excitement and new opportunities. It’s time to come home from summer vacations, Back-to-School, time to harvest the bountiful offerings from the garden, and time to begin preparing for the holidays! Indeed, there is much to do! That’s why we’ve developed our September Baker’s […]

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Baker’s Spotlight: The Bread we Bake for Love

Baker’s Spotlight: The Bread we Bake for Love

Dr Kathy Patterson: Anadama Bread Some things in the Patterson/Montange household are not messed with…ever.  The bread they bake for home and family is one of them.  Recently I witnessed four loaves of bread disappear in one evening. Quietly, slice by slice, toddlers to parents to grand parents took slice after slice. Yum. Kathy, a […]

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Linda Beech's Tips for Fair Baking Competition Success

Linda Beech’s Tips for Fair Baking Competition Success

by Sharon Davis, Home Baking Association Like Aunt Bea and her pies, many bakers love a good competition to win the purple ribbon or  “first-of-class” status at their county or state fair.  You can’t beat the advice of a veteran fair baking judge!  Linda Beech, county extension family & consumer sciences, 4-H and youth baking […]

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Linda Bakes to Share Her Best!

Linda Bakes to Share Her Best!

Linda Beech’s love of baking began when  she was a young 4-H member in Saline County, Kansas. Foods and nutrition projects were a favorite, and besides gaining a wonderful lifestyle, Linda found her career. With a degree in Home Economics from Kansas State University, Linda taught adult and youth foods, nutrition and consumer sciences for […]

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Strawberry Shortcake’s on My Mind

Strawberry Shortcake’s on My Mind

Strawberries are here!  The ever-bearing strawberry plants in my garden have been winking at me for a couple weeks now.  I hold my breath.  There’s always that sneaky late frost.  It takes the early ones,  but some are forming up.  This variety is small but each a juicy flavor burst.  Thankfully the berries in the […]

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What’s Abby Baking for Whole Day for Whole Grain?

What’s Abby Baking for Whole Day for Whole Grain?

With so many great whole grains, it’s hard to decide, but Abby Clement, The Whole Grains Council’s Stamp Program Manager settled on spotlighting her mom’s Apple Crisp.  This is, of course PERFECT when you’re coming into spring with a refrigerator fruit drawer with a variety of no-crunch-left apples.  These long-timer apples have the most flavor […]

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