April 14, 2004 |
They have come here well prepared and highly trained, having spent years in law enforcement wolfing down doughnuts by the dozens. Maple-glazed in the squad car. Jelly-filled at the station house. Sugar-covered and powder-coated at their favorite coffee shop. Scores of the world's finest police officers, hailing from as far away as Australia and Ireland, are planning to loosen their gun belts today and dive into a pile of pastries at the World Cop Donut Eating Contest.
March 9, 2004 |
J.M. Smucker Co. is teaming up with the Pillsbury Doughboy. Smucker said Monday that it was acquiring Minneapolis-based International Multifoods Corp., the maker of Pillsbury baking products, Hungry Jack potatoes and pancake mix and other food brands, in a $500-million cash-and-stock deal. International Multifoods shares surged nearly 26% on the news. The agreement calls for Multifoods shareholders to receive $25 a share -- $20 in Smucker stock and $5 in cash.
September 25, 2003 |
Southern Methodist University shut down a bake sale in which cookies were offered for sale at different prices, depending on the buyer's race or gender. The sale was organized by the Young Conservatives of Texas, who said it was intended as a protest of affirmative action as a factor in admissions. A sign said white males had to pay $1 per cookie. The price was 75 cents for white women, 50 cents for Latinos and 25 cents for blacks.
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September 11, 2003 |
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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March 2, 2003 |
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.
February 12, 2003 |
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.
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January 26, 2003 |
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.
January 18, 2003 |
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.
December 18, 2002 |
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.
August 7, 2002 |
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.