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Kitchen Talk

Turn up the heat on home cooking

Cupcake queen shares expertise, recipes

    Janelle Dietrick used to own a  sweet, little cupcake bakery in Petaluma called Bijoux Cupcakes, where she came up with intriguing  flavors like Hangover Helper, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Easter Sunrise.     Because so many women came into her shop and asked her what it was like to run it, Dietrick has written an ebook in the form of a one-year diary, “Diary of a Cupcake Shop:  Expert Tips and  Secret Recipes.”    The book includes 60 of her… Read More »

A lesson in making Pad Thai Noodle Salad

    Lately, I haven’t been doing  much cooking at home.  Maybe it’s the fact that my 50-year-old oven is on the blink and in the process of being fixed.  Or maybe it’s just that I need of a break and want to get out and try some new restaurants.     Coming to my rescue last month, some friends invited my husband and I  to  a cooking party at their home with instructor Mary Bergin, who has worked at  restaurants such… Read More »