Home Baked Comfort Giveaway: Best Cookbook Ever! (she never says that…)

January 12, 2012 at 8:00 am , by

Before you read further—you should post a comment below to enter to win a copy of this super amazing cookbookHome Baked Comfort, by Kim Laidlaw, (we featured it in the February issue of LHJ).

After many years cooking professionally I’m pretty skeptical about cookbook recipes. Sure, I have favorite chefs and authors that I love, but for the most part I rarely find 100 percent success with cookbook recipes. This doesn’t mean I don’t have a lot of cookbooks—truthfully I’m thinking about how my collection is getting unruly (hoarder level perhaps). But when I cook from these lovely books, there’s usually some tweaking I have to do with amounts, flavors or cooking times.

Maybe I’m too much of a perfectionist or have high expectations, but when I try a recipe I want it to work! Call me crazy.

I love Home Baked Comfort, the beautiful images, the variety of baked goodness, the perfection that happens each time you try a recipe…you get the idea.

Oh, I also failed to mention I love pretty much any baked good that’s put in front of me, so again, Home Baked Comfort sort of works for me on that level as well. It’s also fun to see contributors from bakers all across the country. Even bloggers like the talented Smitten Kitchen and the amazing Bakerella (see our Q&A with her here) have tasty treats inside.

I think, of the recipes I’ve tried so far the Lemon-Blueberry Drizzle Bread and the Homemade English Muffins are my favorite. However the Bacon-And-Egg-Breakfast Tarts and the Gooey Cinnamon Rolls (with a touch of orange, mmm) were darn close. And not to be left out, homemade toaster tarts anyone? (Check out the video!)

Even if you don’t win one in our giveaway, you’ll want to own this cookbook.

Your friendly food editor

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Ladies We Love: Angie Dudley (also known as Bakerella)

September 9, 2010 at 3:27 pm , by

Angie Dudley_CakePops_AUPhotoHave you ever heard of a cake pop? If you haven’t, you’re in for a treat (literally!). If you have, then you’re probably already familiar with the popular baking blog Bakerella, run by Atlanta-based baker Angie Dudley. It was only a couple of years ago when she started putting cake balls—a mixture of cake and frosting, which is then covered in candy coating—on lollipop sticks, turning them into cake pops. Angie has since developed numerous ideas for molding the cake pops into different shapes and designs, from Halloween themed, to mini wedding cakes, and even Sesame Street characters.

4022874721_1ce2c73f31_oWant to try your hand at making cake pops? It’s easier than it looks, and Angie’s new book Cake Pops: Tips, Tricks, and Recipes for More Than 40 Irresistible Mini Treats explains the process step-by-step with photo guides. Take a look at more cake pops at and tell us which ones you want to try, and pick up Cake Pops for even more fun ideas!

What makes me a lady: Putting others needs before my own and the desire to make people happy.

Favorite guilty pleasure: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, cold. Dulce de leche gelato. Brown 2917625516_53f6407357sugar by the spoonful. Do I have to pick just one?

Three things on my life list: 1. Vacation in Greece.  2. Learn to snow ski. 3. Go on a horseback riding adventure vacation somewhere majestic.

If I could have a superpower, it would be: Either teleportation, the ability to freeze time, or to move at supersonic speed. Anything to be more productive. But the curious side of me would probably pick invisibility.

Ladies I admire: The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, for her calm and gracious demeanor and uncanny ability to recite movie lines. My friend Julie for her style and creativity. My friend Rosa for being one of the hardest working women I know. But, mostly my mom for her strength, humor and devotion.

Cake pop photos courtesy of