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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2003 | Tina Daunt, Times Staff Writer
One woman's dreams of victory vanished when she discovered that her husband had eaten her contest entry, a perfect pie. The cake that toppled while en route to the fair dashed other dreams. And then there was the unfortunate case of the munched sugar skull. Such are the perils in the high-stakes world of competitive baking at the Los Angeles County Fair. And it is no laughing matter. People spend days, months, years planning their bundt cakes, cream puffs and snicker doodles.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2003 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
This is not child's play. Oh sure, charming and chipper Girl Scouts will start knocking on Orange County doors today to deliver box after box of Thin Mints and Samoas. But there's nothing cute about the trail of these cookies. No, this delivery system is like a well-oiled machine -- scheduled to the minute and meticulously planned with all the thoroughness of a military operation. "We're Girl Scouts. We're organized.
FOOD
February 12, 2003 | Donna Deane
Make heart-shaped mini-cakes, cookies, muffins, chocolates or other desserts for Valentine's Day with this nonstick die-cast aluminum pan. It makes for even baking and easy cleanup. Serve your baked goods in a basket lined with a cotton-linen blend tea towel that reflects the day's sentiments. Mini-heart baking pan, $26, and "love" tea towels in white, pink or red, $10, from Williams-Sonoma stores.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2003 | Wendy Thermos, Times Staff Writer
As upward of 140,000 Girl Scouts hit the streets of Southern California this weekend to begin their annual cookie sale, customers will be seeing less of that dowdy fixture of yesteryear: the card table at the supermarket.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 2003 | Scarlet Cheng, Special to The Times
With his deliriously lush paintings of the delectable delights available over the bakery counter, Wayne Thiebaud has produced some of the most instantly recognizable works in contemporary American art. His best-known paintings are elegies to cakes, pies, eclairs and doughnuts -- all neatly displayed and slathered with colorful icing so thick that viewers can almost taste the burst of sugar when looking at them.
FOOD
December 18, 2002 | Regina Schrambling, Special to The Times
It's easy to describe the ideal Christmas cookie: kid-simple to make, rich but not really sweet, a good keeper but so buttery-crunchy you want to eat the whole batch before they cool. Deciding on a name for this perfection is apparently a little trickier. Is it a snowball or a butterball? A sand tart or a sandy? A pecan ball or an almond melt-away? My de facto mother-in-law, who is second-generation Polish, says they're Mexican wedding cakes.
BUSINESS
August 7, 2002 | MARC BALLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cheesecake Factory Inc. said Tuesday that its cheesecakes contaminated with the potentially deadly listeria bacteria may have been served to Olive Garden customers at 19 restaurants in the Midwest and the South. The news could stain the Calabasas Hills-based chain's reputation and eventually hurt its sales and stock, some analysts said.
BUSINESS
August 6, 2002 | MARC BALLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cheesecake Factory Inc. said Monday it had recalled a batch of cheesecakes contaminated with the potentially lethal listeria bacteria. The Calabasas Hills restaurant operator also recalled all of its baked goods made from July 18 to July 21 as a precautionary measure. The company said it believes none of the cakes were consumed. There have been no reports of illness due to the contaminated cakes, which were made at the company's Calabasas facility.
HEALTH
August 5, 2002 | BENEDICT CAREY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When it comes to doughnuts, we are a nation of Homer Simpsons. No matter how often the fried rolls are declared nutritionally bankrupt, their sweet, oily fragrance is overwhelming. Americans eat about 10 billion doughnuts each year, or about 40 for every man, woman and child in the country, according to industry estimates. The fried snacks are most likely descended from the Dutch olie-kochen, or fried cakes, which arrived on these shores with Dutch settlers in the 1640s.
NEWS
August 20, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Bakers from the central Italian town of Orentano showed their love for Ferrari when they unveiled a ready-to-eat likeness of a racing car. Built with 40,000 cream pies and decorated with almond paste, custard cream and chocolate, the 5 1/2-yard-long confectionery version of Michael Schumacher's Ferrari racing car was created by 50 pastry chefs. The German driver clinched his fourth Formula One title by winning the Hungarian Grand Prix.
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