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Mr. Bishop’s Chocolate Pie

It all began as a venture in dining in Waterloo, IA, and soon grew to 35 Midwestern locations. The cafeteria chain, Bishop’s Cafeteria, which was begun by Benjamin Franklin Bishop in 1920 provided nine decades of culinary enjoyment until its lifespan ceased to exist. ( Hailing from one of the upper Great Plains’ states, my […]

The Dunking Kind

“A dunker…that’s what we need.” These were the words of Dearly Beloved as he contemplated the next cookie recipe I should consider testing. Let Miss NiNi explain the definition of “a dunker.” Dearly Beloved’s remembrance of this type of cookie retros to the years of his grandparents’ farming lifestyle. Mid-morning and mid-afternoon coffee breaks from […]

Creating a Yummy Puffy Treat

“Would you like to bake something,” I asked Little Missy? With a grin that erupted from her sweet ten-year-old face, “Can we?” was her enthusiastic reply! Many of you Dear Readers have followed the baking journey of my granddaughter since the inaugural penning of these baking chat columns. Time to gather with our grandchildren, Little […]

The Recipe that Burned Out Two Mixers

It’s the recipe that burned out two mixers, Dear Readers, yet became a monster of a sensation! In 1971, a gentleman from the Wolverine State (MI) decided it was time to make cookies for his 10 children—six of whom were his own and four who lived in the household as well. As one can imagine, […]

Revisiting the Royals

Dear Readers: Years ago, when I first began my weekly chats with you, I had the honor of recording heartfelt memories of women and men whose baking talents enriched the lives of their family. Each honoree was awarded a “Crown of Golden Stars” when inducted into Miss NiNi’s Royal Baking Court. It is with great […]

Are Roses Blooming in the Bakery?

Miss NiNi is rarely in the throes of such bounteous beauty. But I was a few days ago! Thousands of “mouthwatering” flowers of magnificent size, color, and grandeur graced the speaker’s platform at the Cass County Master Gardeners’ 20th Annual Spring Garden Seminar. A bouquet of floral fragrance in the venue was comforting and certainly reflected […]

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 […]

A New Thanksgiving Treat

A celebration of good will between cultures occurred in 1621! Plymouth Plantation’s “groaning board” was heavily laden with bounteous roasted fowl, fruits, and vegetables. The spread was as enormous as those thankful hearts who had gathered around the table in order to partake in the riches of the land.

Not Your Usual Cheese Bread

The nippy atmosphere bids a hearty autumn welcome to the presentation of yummy soup in the diet. Appetites of Dearly Beloved and Miss NiNi have already greeted that fine fare into our home. Has it been so at your dining room table too, Dear Readers?

Preparing soup can be as easy as opening a can, applying heat, grabbing a spoon, and satisfying hunger pangs.

Refresh With This Apple Treat

Have your tootsies noticed an exchange of breezy flip-flops for booties or sneakers? Is your favorite team logo now sported on a cozy sweatshirt rather than on a sleeveless T? Have shorts taken a back seat to leggings and sweats on your closet shelves? Perhaps, so. And then again…perhaps not. Your area of residence more […]