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Springtime Baking Wake-Up Call

Wake up! Wake up, Dear Readers! It’s a new season! With warmer days of the month, the banner of “Light and Fresh” waves ‘Good-Bye’ to the last snowman standing. Believe it or not, seasonality plays a gigantic part in desired food flavor preferences. We consumers begin craving fresh and fruity flavors with which to swaddle […]

My Homemaking Hero

I share the memory of homemaker emeritus, Eudora Pfeiffer because I am long overdue in awarding her with a golden crown into the exclusive Miss NiNi’s Royal Baking Court. This honor is given posthumously. Nevertheless, the path that she trod to become my homemaking hero is unsurpassed!

The Magic Password

350. Miss NiNi would note this number as the magic password into elite membership of the Baker’s Club of America. Why is that so, Dear Readers? Most recipes request the oven to be preheated to 350 degrees If you are an avid baker, this number is an automatic go-to setting on the dashboard of your […]

Peanut Butter and What?

It is a rare day in the household of Dearly Beloved and Miss NiNi when a jar of peanut butter remains closed. With the breaking of the dawn, peanut butter helps start my day off right. Miss NiNi is a creative breakfast shake virtuoso, so to speak. Using a little of this and a handful […]

Holidays of a Good Kind

I missed it! The observance was February 3. I missed celebrating it on its declared national let’s-have-a-party day. However, Dear Readers, a specific national jubilatory day need not be noted in large bright red font in Miss NiNi’s yearly calendar. ‘Why is that,’ you might ask? If your palate delights in the international sensation of […]

Ice Cream Bars Not Included

I’m surrounded by metal—a lot of it! Metal is present wherever the word, ‘dessert’ hovers over my life. Aluminum foil, flatware, mixing utensils, bowls, cookie cutters, kitchen appliances…and baking pans—lots of them! Square, round, rectangular, cookie sheets, Bundt, circular with a center tube, circular without a center tube, some with a springform latch, accordion-form-edge tart […]

A Great Cup of Coffee

It’s a chilly day in the neighborhood. I have found myself yearning for a warm, tummy hugging latte more than once today. How about you, Dear Readers? Are you of a coffee-drinking persona? Perhaps, you enjoy the flavor of coffee. Perhaps, you need the boost of energy that a first-of-the-morning cup of coffee provides. Maybe, […]

Make Some Fond Family Memories In the Kitchen

“I’m LaVon.” “I’m Miss NiNi.” “Welcome to Family Fun In the Kitchen.” It wasn’t that long ago—July 5, 2014 to be exact—that the cheery voices of home economist and volunteer extraordinaire LaVon Eblen and home economist and dessert-baking specialist Miss NiNi teamed to caress the regional airwaves via Atlantic, IA’s, radio station KJAN.

The Cluckers Club

The other day as I stood at one of the baking prep tables, I reflected on the thousands of times since childhood during which I have gone through the same egg-cracking motion in order to produce the same result. Tap On Counter—Drop In Small Dish—Check for Shells and Imperfections—Pour into Mixing Bowl. Dear Readers, this […]


I have found myself travelling hither and yon recently. Those of you who follow my weekly musings via Miss NiNi’s Baking Chat column in our local newspaper as well as at Miss NiNi’s Baking Chat Blog at are well aware that we are opening our first retail desserterie in a suburb of Capitol City, […]