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Julia Child’s 100th Birthday and JC100

Today marks the 100th Birthday of Julia Child, that tall woman who taught American how to cook French cuisine and who took cooking to a whole different level. Frankly, I can not say much about the state of cooking the the United States in the 1960s. But from what I hear, it wasn’t the best or rather very versatile. Well, I grew up in the GDR behind the iron curtain, our daily meal was probably not much better or exciting. Julia with her personality and perspective on food changed all that, and much more.

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How to make Quark

Your first question, if you are not German or European, would be: What is quark? The answer is not as easy as I wish it would be. Let me start with a general introduction and we can go from there. Quark is very common in Germany, especially in Quarktorte or Käsekuchen, our cheese cake. It’s also used with herbs on baked potato. Now you might say “Ah, like cream cheese or sour cream?!”, no, not quiet.

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Food Blogs and Their Influence

Sometimes, as a food blogger, I am wondering how many people I reach and what kind of influence I have. Ok, I know how many people I reach thanks to the “My Stats” page on WordPress. And yes, on can get obsessed with those little gadgets, checking back so often to see if more people have visited me. But besides that, I am also wondering about how people perceive my page. Do they see it as a resource for recipes? As and inspiration to get into the kitchen and bake/cook? Are they attracted by the pictures or rather disgusted? (Some people don’t like food, right? Or at least not desserts.)

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Freshly Pressed – I wish

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The current “Freshly Pressed” list.

The first thing you will notice when going to WordPress is their front page with the “Freshly Pressed” blogs. At first, I didn’t quite understood this but thought it was nice. Several topics are always presented, like travel, food, books, movies etc. It’s interesting to see what is out there, what people write about and what moves them. This was before I had my own WordPress account.

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Review: Brownie Liners

In December I went to visit some family in Victoria, BC. Located in that area is SweetArt Supplies, which carries an abundance of baking stuff. Everything from cup cake liners to lollipop sticks to cookie cutter to colours. You name it, they have it. I came to the store because of push pops (another story to review) because you can’t get them in Canada that easily and US shipping will kill you.

Anyway, I visit them and was warmly greeted by Gwen who is running the show. I think we spend several hours talking about baking, supplies and life in general. Besides push pops I took Batter Babies home (look here for recipe/review) and these liners that Gwen gave to me. What better way to use them than to make Guinness Brownies with them?

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Saskatoon’s First Food, Fork & Foodie Event

When I started with the whole food blogging I obviously looked around to see what’s out there. Well, you might already know this but there are tons and tons of food bloggers online and they all have their different styles and stories to them. I am not sure where exactly I found it but along the way I saw the Food Bloggers of Canada, which gives you interesting insights into food blogs but also a list of food bloggers in each province & territory. As of today there are 6 food bloggers in Saskatchewan, that’s a not a much compared to BC or Ontario. One of the other food bloggers is BS’ in the Kitchen and so the Foodie Event was born.

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Easter Giveaway: And the Winner is…

The Prize: Wilton Easter/Spring Cookie Cutter Sets

Over the last week this blog had a Easter Giveaway. It was nothing major big like a KitchenAid mixer (I wish) but for the beginning it was something. Two sets of Wilton Easter themed cookie cutters were up to be won. All you had to do was leave a comment underneath the post, telling me what your favourite Easter treat was. You had and additional chance if you liked the Baking in Saskatoon Facebook page.

The week is over and the results are in and there were 22 comments. Thank you! This means a lot to me.

As previously said, Random.org will select a winner.

And the Winner is: #7 Lene

Please contact me via Email to claim your prize withing the next 48 hours. Should the winner failed to do so, another winner will be picked by Random.org.

Thank you, again, to everyone who left a comment. It was nice to see what people like for Easter. I am a total chocolate lover and so chocolate eggs, preferably filled with something (like nougat cream) will send me to heaven. Especially these ones are what I am looking forward to in my Easter Basket.

Very lecker, I mean, delicious. Via

Easter Giveaway

I am so excited…

Spring and Easter cookies.

First of all, my Facebook page (have a look here) has over 50 Likes. *awww* I barely can contain my excitement. I know that compared to other pages it’s rather low. But considering I didn’t start this too long ago it’s big news for me and it also means I hit a personal landmark. A while back I was thinking I should do something for my 50th Like and well, here we are.

Royal Icing is something I need to work on.

So, I am very excited to announce the First Baking in Saskatoon Giveaway. There were several options I had in my mind and some of them were nice but not really useful for a giveaway. Especially since I am going to make this internationally. Yes, you read that right. If you are from the other side of the world you are eligible to win. (I find it a bit frustrating when you see nice giveaways online but you can’t enter because it’s only for US residents. That’s annoying when you are from Europe but plain frustrating when you are sitting the neighbouring country.)

So cute.

Keep in mind, this is my first giveaway and I am, by no means, one of those big blogs that get nice big stuff from big companies.

This is an Easter Giveway and you can win these two lovely sets of Wilton Easter Cookie Cutters. The winner will receive two sets of 3 cutters each, e.g. you end up with six cookie cutters.

The Prize!

Rules:

– The contest will run from Sunday, March 11th, 2012 until Sunday, March 18th, 2012.

– The contest is open internationally and is not restricted to any country
– You must leave ONE comment underneath this post, telling me what you favourite Easter treat is
– You have a second chance of winning if you “like” my Facebook page and leave a separate comment here that you do
– The winner will be drawn at random by Random.org
– The winner will be announced on Monday, March 19th, 2012 on this blog
– The winner has 48 hours to contact me, if s/he fails to do so, another winner will be picked by Random.org
– Baking in Saskatoon is not responsible for lost mail

Disclaimer: Both cookie cutter sets where purchased by me and not provided by Wilton. I was not paid by Wilton for advertising for them or any sort of thing.

Good luck to all and thanks for stopping by!

The Man in the Kitchen

My Man in the Kitchen.

Baking and cooking produces two things: food and dirty dishes. We all like the food but no one really likes doing the dishes afterwards. If you have a dishwasher you are one of the lucky people, if you are like me, you don’t have one. I am one of those people who doesn’t like doing the dishes but will do them of course when necessary. But fortunately I have a husband, he’s my man in the kitchen.

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From Scratch

The other day on Facebook one of the pages I “like” posted a link called “Why From-Scratch cakes are Healthier than Box Mix Cakes”. Immediately I was all ears or rather eyes and read through the rather short post. (This is the link.)

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