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Ingredient Thu Feb 19 2009

Getting Your Baking Badge (and Deserving it)

Now that the economy's wicked long arm has resulted in fewer and smaller cookies in each box of Girl Scout Cookies that will be sold this year, perhaps we should forgo the shiny order form sitting in the office breakroom and make our own Girl Scout cookies. But the girls in green won't let you go that easily should you take the challenge.

If you dig the coconut, caramel and chocolate shortbread cookie known as a Samoa, the complicated home recipe does make throwing down $4 for a box seem reasonable (a second recipe was also a head-scratcher involving candy thermometers). The Thin Mints recipe also seems to require some patience, and the Do-Si-Dos only kind of resemble their mass-made brethren. I could rearrange the furniture of every unit in my apartment building in the same time it takes to make Tagalongs.

On that thought, a few bucks doesn't seem that bad for a few cookies if it means I don't have to spend 3 hours in the kitchen. Especially when you throw a few of them on some ice cream. Selling out never tasted so good.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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