Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Too-Hot-to-Bake Dessert Guide

Rocky Road Pudding Pops

Turn on the oven? In this heat? Out of the question! But do without dessert? Never! Here’s how to enjoy homemade sweet treats while keeping the kitchen comfortably cool.

Baker's Profile

Carolyn Gurtz

Carolyn Gurtz

Here's a recipe worth duplicating: Mix together one good idea, six premium ingredients, a heaping spoonful of elbow grease, and a pinch of good luck. Bake till done... and walk away with a $1 million grand prize!

That was the winning formula for Carolyn Gurtz, 59, of Gaithersburg, MD, the winner of the $1 million grand prize in the 43rd annual Pillsbury Bake-Off. Carolyn's Double-Delight Peanut Butter Cookies took top honors out of tens of thousands of recipes submitted, impressing the judges at the finals with their "layers of peanut butter flavor" and their "delightful taste that combines two classics—a snickerdoodle and a peanut butter cookie."

In the News

Jones Pure Cane Soda—Made with Sugar, Not Corn!

Not all soda is created equal, says Seth T. Godwin, marketing manager of Jones Soda Co. in Seattle. Most soft drinks are sweetened by high fructose corn syrup, but since 2007 Jones has been making its sodas with cane sugar only. Jones, whose corporate slogan is “Run with the little guy … create some change,” made the switch in response to consumer research and customer requests—and because “it tastes better and overall it’s better for the environment,” says Godwin.