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Cookie contestant scores for the second time
Lisa Powell

Cookie contestant scores for the second time

A last-minute decision to enter this year’s Dayton Daily News Holiday Cookie Contest has resulted in a grand-prize win for a Miamisburg woman. It’s the second time Jean Schaney has taken top prize.

Three times the usual number of bakers — and 80 dozen cookies — showed up for this year’s competition.

The cooks — mostly women as well as a few men and children — arrived at the Cox Media Center in Dayton on a sunny Monday morning, each with a dozen of their favorite freshly baked and decorated cookies in hand. They came from throughout the Miami Valley and as far away as Minster.

Judges included folks from the community — artist Julie Beyer, community volunteer Greg Sample, and Bryan Bucklew, president of the Greater Dayton Hospital Association.

A return to roots: An American harvest Thanksgiving
Richard Graulich

A return to roots: An American harvest Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving feast is perhaps the most overplanned, overhyped, overfussed meal of the year. In our annual attempt to balance tradition with newfangled ideas, we tend to overthink our Thanksgiving spread. We experiment with turkey rubs and cooking methods, our efforts sometimes bordering on the hazardous (hello, turkey fryer!).

But at the core of it, perhaps the best Thanksgiving meals are the ones that take us home, in body and memory.

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5 cookbooks that make great holiday gifts

5 cookbooks that make great holiday gifts

For the home chef on your holiday shopping list, there are plenty of fabulous new cookbooks to choose from. Each week I’ve reviewed a different cookbook and today offer my top 5 list:

No. 1: “Seriously Delish: 150 Recipes for People Who Totally Love Food” by Jessica Merchant; 304 pages, $29.99. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.

Slimmed-down recipes to help shrink waistline
Connie Post

Slimmed-down recipes to help shrink waistline

The book: “The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor” by Gina Homolka with Heather K. Jones, R.D.; 320 pages, $30. Published by Clarkson Potter, 2014.

What you get: All low calorie and made from natural and common ingredients, these 150 recipes are organized into the following chapters: Sunny Mornings, Skinny-liscious Soups & Chilis, Sandwiches on the Lighter Side, Skinny Bites, Perfect Poultry, Lean Meat Dishes, Fabulous Fish, Meatless Mains, Veggie-licious Side and Skinny Sweet Tooth.

Recipes inspired by Red Velvet Cake

The book: “Red Velvet Lover’s Cookbook: Best-ever Recipes for Everything Red Velvet, with More than 50 Scrumptious Sweets and Treats” by Deborah Harroun; 132 pages, $17.95. Published by The Harvard Common Press, 2014.

What you get: This lovely collection of recipes covers cookies, brownies and bars, breads, frozen desserts, cupcakes as well as The Ultimate Red Velvet Cake (Page 11).


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