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What are your favorite recipes for bake sales (making and purchasing?)

I think this is such a solid idea. I was planning on spending all day Sunday cooking dog treats so this is a fantastic idea!!!

What are your favorite recipes for bake sales (making and purchasing?)

Thanks so much for these recipes. I'm hoping to incorporate one or 2 into the mix. that was super sweet of you.

Sep 25, 2014
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What are your favorite recipes for bake sales (making and purchasing?)

Thanks so much for the offer. No, I'm in Wichita, KS. I was assuming we needed to individually wrap everything but there isn't a rule to that, so with that said, I have more possibilities.
Thanks for the ideas!

Sep 25, 2014
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What are your favorite recipes for bake sales (making and purchasing?)

Thank you Emme. I appreciate the info and the ideas for savory things as well. and as much as I'd love to make loads of macarons, they aren't feasible in my time frame so I'm trying to stick to more bars, brownies and different types of sugar cookies, etc to slightly alter the recipe in batches. If I pull this off in less than 2 weeks, then I deserve a free dog :) LOL

Sep 24, 2014
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What are your favorite recipes for bake sales (making and purchasing?)

I actually found a Halloween bark made with candy corn. I love candy corns but in a bark sounds odd to me but with some nuts for some salty and pretzel bits thrown in, it doesn't seem bad & its super cute. thanks

Sep 24, 2014
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What are your favorite recipes for bake sales (making and purchasing?)

I don't remember, I have both of those cookbooks at home. I will see if I can google it. I love making my dogs treats but they all tend to have peanut butter in them and I want to do some other kinds so this sounds interesting. thanks

Sep 24, 2014
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What are your favorite recipes for bake sales (making and purchasing?)

Oh, I've got so many ideas for next year (if I live thru this year)
I am trying to get a couple bakeries to donate some baked goodies. Just waiting for the OK from the managers.
and I have a big kitchen this Saturday from 9-4 for people to come and help me cook. So far, no one has signed up except for a friend from the dog park who took pity on me and my aunt, but at least I won't dirty my kitchen that day. Should be able to crank out a lot of goodies that day.

Sep 24, 2014
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What are your favorite recipes for bake sales (making and purchasing?)

We are going to have some gluten free items and some no-chocolate items as well.

Sep 23, 2014
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What are your favorite recipes for bake sales (making and purchasing?)

Those are going to be made in several dozen batches. they will sell like gangbusters. thanks

Sep 23, 2014
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What are your favorite recipes for bake sales (making and purchasing?)

the gloves is a good point, it is things like that that I'd forget all about. I'm working on a few bakeries to donate some yummies. wish me luck :)

Sep 23, 2014
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What are your favorite recipes for bake sales (making and purchasing?)

great ideas, frosting in a cup sounds amazing to me. but I put 8 sugars in my coffee so I'm a bit of a sugar slut. :)

Sep 23, 2014
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What are your favorite recipes for bake sales (making and purchasing?)

I feel horrible, I posted the question then disappeared for a day. Yeah, on top of this crazy big bake sale I own a small printing business and had a huge walk-in customer who needs their big order ASAP so sure, no problem. LOL
And the event just informed me they are tripling my space so now I need to fill up more space. Ha Ha, I think I am in the middle of the twilight zone this week.
There are some super amazing ideas. The part about selling stuff we loved as kids and not getting to carried away is probably best. Even though, I'd love to fill the space with treats from my favorite patisserie cookbooks (Bouchon's Fuggedaboutits are amazing but I'd probably spend most my time explaining what it is) We sent out an email to over 1000 volunteers for baked goods but only 6 people have responded so I have no idea if people are going to just bring items or if I am well and truly screwed.
I will be next to a booth that is selling more savory items like hot dogs so I am to do only dog treats and sweets. But I'm still tempted to slip some Italian Bakery Pizza in.
My brother is making a ton of mini pumpkin loaves to sell and he mentioned puppy chow as well but I said no because I didn't think it would sell but since others seem to think it will, then it is on the list because it is easy to make and package.
I also loved the idea of putting pics of dogs on labels on the packages. That is truly brilliant because we have a professional label printer and I can make some cute labels and write it off as a donation as well. YAY.
If anyone else has other ideas, please let me know as I'm still working on the plan.
Thanks so much for all the input, not a bad idea in the bunch :)

Sep 23, 2014
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What are your favorite recipes for bake sales (making and purchasing?)

I have just been informed I am now in charge of a bake sale for a local Humane Society event that last year had over 10,000 humans and 16,000 dogs attend. I am beyond stressed, it is just a week from Saturday and I've got a handful of people bringing treats to sell (mainly cookies and dog treats so far) & I've procured a professional kitchen this Saturday to cook with some friends but I'm just at a loss of what all to make and how much.
What are your favorite things to make (human &/or dog) and what are your favorite things to buy at a bake sale. Also if anyone else has done anything like this (cause I never have) do you have any idea how many things I should plan to have on hand to sell? Can you tell I'm freaking out a little (OK, a LOT)

Sep 22, 2014
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I'm Going Deaf Eating Out in LA

I am in Kansas and it is the same here. We have so many stupid chain restaurants that do it & now some of the local eateries are just as loud. I absolutely hate it. If I can't hear the waitstaff when they are taking my order or if they have to lean down to hear me and I'm practically yelling then something is just plain wrong. I also know of NO one who enjoys this. My parents who are around 70 just won't go out to eat anymore and it makes me sad but they said they don't like being yelled at by our waitstaff and I agree.

Sep 22, 2014
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The Good Cook Bonus Points... gone from site

I emailed them and got a response back today (on Labor Day no less) so that is good. But not happy with the response considering I know they haven't been available for over 2 months already but here is their response.
Q1: WILL THE CLUB BE DISCONTINUING THE BONUS POINTS PROGRAM?
A1: The club is not discontinuing the Bonus Points Program. There will
only be a brief hiatus until the new program is up and running.

Q2: CAN BONUS POINTS STILL BE EARNED?
A2: Yes, you will continue to earn Bonus Points on all eligible Club
purchases, even during the time that you are unable to redeem Points.

Q3: WILL THE BONUS POINTS BE CARRIED OVER TO THE NEW PROGRAM?
A3: Yes, when the new program launches, your current balance will carry
over.

Q4: WILL I BE ABLE TO REDEEM THE BONUS POINTS?
A4: You will temporarily be unable to redeem your Bonus Points until the
new program is announced and implemented, sometime early fall. Once the
new program is active, you will be able to redeem your points.

Sep 02, 2013
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The Good Cook Bonus Points... gone from site

I have been a member of the good cook book club for years and every holiday season I stock up on the new cookbooks for usually $10-$12 each. I have stocked up a lot of bonus points and decided to use some and went to their site and they have a new site... but the points have been showing up. I've checked now for a couple months. I finally checked their FAQ page & it says they are revamping the points system and will update when they are done. That annoys me. Has anyone else noticed this and have they had any luck using their points in the past couple months?
I don't get their book in the mail anymore and do everything online. The points aren't showing up at all. Was wondering if anyone here has talked to customer service with any luck.

Sep 02, 2013
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Do you have family/friends who don't appreciate good home cooking?

Now, that doesn't count. You make a REAL green bean casserole. The kind that most of us only dream of but NEVER get a chance to taste. I hope noone thought I truly meant that all green bean casseroles were YUCK. lol Just the kind with canned green beans. I grew up with those and those are one of those things that gross me out to no extent.

Apr 28, 2012
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Do you have family/friends who don't appreciate good home cooking?

WOW, wow, wow. As the OP, I just had some time today to catch up on this thread I started and I have to sorta laugh at how this thread flew into territories I had no idea it would. I truly thought this past Sunday, "Hey, I'm sad cause my family has to act like spoiled jacka**es and make snide comments about something I made for them out of love." So, I was annoyed when I got home & just wanted to vent. I didn't even think I would get more than a couple responses. Keep in mind, I handed them baked goods in a cellophone bag that was tied and ready to take home. We were out at a restaurant for brunch. I knew some of them weren't going to appreciate like the others. I'm not an idiot. I realize that all those macarons weren't going to get eaten. But if I had handed a bag to one person and not another then I would have been tarred and feathered for that. I am not saying in any way shape of form that if I gave someone a homemade baked/cooked item that they had to eat it. I am just asking that when someone gives you something they want you to have (whether it be food or a candle) that you don't say something rude about how you wished it was something else.
Not sure how it got so off topic but I wasn't saying they had to eat the food there and rave about it. Just graciously accept it and be kind. Of course I could be misunderstanding some of the later posts, if that's the case I apologize.

Apr 27, 2012
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What Do You Wear When You Cook?

HighHeels. JK

I do have a really awesome collection of 1940's & 50's aprons I got at an estate sales about 10 years ago and I use them whenever I am making something special. I know it sounds silly but I just love them, they remind me of my Gran and she loved wearing aprons. Normally like this evening, its just lounge pants and a tee. Never shoes. I don't know why but I don't like people wearing shoes in my kitchen. Well, I don't really like shoes on in the house, but that's more because I think they are uncomfortable and I am all about being comfy in my house.

Apr 26, 2012
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I'm being gifted expired food.

I just checked my bread I have that is a Kroger store brand and there is a stamp on in that says "Best if used by April 17" and then there is a line under it "TH 12 3550941915 1B" So, I am not losing my mind. And even tho I obviously don't eat my bread very fast, LOL. The issue I mentioned earlier wasn't where it was a day old, these things were way past expiration dates. The bread was over a week. And the non-perishables were months past the date. Like I said, I am not that particular but I feel that when some people have to push aside some personal dignity to go to a food back and then to be handed expired food I found that just in very poor taste.

Apr 26, 2012
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I'm being gifted expired food.

This reminded me of a time a few years ago when I was volunteering at a local food bank and they were handing out expired foods. Everything from loaves of bread to boxes of mac & Cheese. I was disgusted. It wasn't just a few things, it was most of the items. I brought it up to the person running it and he said, "Its charity, they should be happy they are getting anything in this economy." I told him that was ridiculous and wanted to know where they were getting the items. He wouldn't tell me but I figured it out by the store brand names and couldn't believe the store was giving away expired food.
I am not super picky about expiration dates, on some things, but I think it is insane to think that someone who is having to go to a food back is being handed expired bread.

As for the OP, the next time I get something from him, I would act like I was so excited about an item and pretend to look it over when he was with me. Thanking him then shockingly notice that it is expired. Act like this was the first I was noticing and then politely put it in the trash and say something along the lines of I am bummed that it was expired but thanks anyways. I wouldn't mention anything about the other expired items. I would act like it was a simple mistake. Maybe he would be a little ashamed and quit bringing you expired items. But I've always been better than I should be at acting shocked or surprised if I need to to get a point across to someone. My Pops is the only person who ever knows when I am fibbing. So, if you can put on a little show of shocked surprise about an expired item, it might work. But if you can't fib, then I wouldn't try that at all.
I find that whole situation so weird. Good luck.

Apr 25, 2012
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Do you have family/friends who don't appreciate good home cooking?

OMG, thanks to everyone one here. I am sad to hear to many similar stories. I used to have the holiday meals at my house and finally gave up. I would end up making all the meals and they would offer to bring cold cuts or {gasp} green bean casserole. YUCK. I finally figured I wouldn't go thru the effort if they wouldn't appreciate the big dinners. I know they don't appreciate those types of things and I don't know why I keep trying. I gave up the big dinners and figured at least little things like macarons or the homemade lemon meringue pie I made the other night. My mother said this morning she still hadn't tried her piece. I wanted to tell her I would swing by her house later and pick it up as I would love another piece.
It is a waste of my time and money. Its just upsetting. I guess I don't sound much better than a good friend of mine who insists on staying with a boyfriend who treats her like crap. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Thanks for the comments. I am realizing I am a bit nuts.
At least I do have people in my life who enjoy the efforts. From now on I'm not gonna make the family anything. They can get their own packaged chocolate chip cookies.
KSlink said it well, "They react that way because of who they are" After reflecting on this (obviously too much today) I think maybe some of them are more upset with themselves because they don't take the time to cook anymore and they know that the junk they are shoving in their bodies isn't great so maybe they are just taking it out on me. But I truly was trying to do something nice. I'm single and don't have kids to feed so it is fun to cook but goodness, I can't eat it all myself so I like making other's smile. I guess we always want to make those closest to us smile and when they don't it hurts.
So, onward and upward. Tomorrow is a new day and at least I have a big event to cook for this week and they actually had requests.
Thanks All
Bree

Apr 22, 2012
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What cookbooks have you bought lately? Springtime edition! [old]

I wish you good luck on your journey. I just had my second back surgery and have tried eating food that is supposed to help keep the inflammation down & I like sugar way to much. It is a hard road to travel. Hope that book helps you some.

Apr 22, 2012
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Seared scallops with minimal fat

I too use a hot cast iron pan. I put a little bacon grease on a paper towel and rub in on the pan right before I put them in. That way I get that little bit of bacon flavor but they aren't drowning in the fat. Saving me the calories/ fat and I don't have to use a bunch of my sparse supply of stored bacon grease. Now I want scallops for dinner.

Apr 22, 2012
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What cookbooks have you bought lately? Springtime edition! [old]

Wow, Breadcrumbs! You got a lot of books for $28. I love my Bourdain books. I was watching his foodporn video last night on youtube about pho.

Apr 22, 2012
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What cookbooks have you bought lately? Springtime edition! [old]

jpr54_1, Thanks for mentioning abebooks. I was trying to remember that site the other day & I couldn't remember. I'm on my way there now.

Apr 22, 2012
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Do you have family/friends who don't appreciate good home cooking?

I am just gonna take a second to vent. I love to cook. I enjoy trying hard things that some people would steer clear of. And I love learning from others, like here. But I have family who just don't care. It drives me nuts. I went to brunch today and got up at 5am today to make homemade macarons. I've made them a couple times before for events with groups I belong to. But wanted to pass them out to family today. So, made 3 types, super colorful and tasty. They turned out just perfect. Wrapped 6-7 in special bags with ribbons and passed them out. Of course I had to explain what they were and a couple people said they would have rather had chocolate chip cookies. WTF? They hadn't even opened them and tried them.
I just don't understand adults who don't like to try new things. It is depressing sometimes to put that much effort into something & feel like it was a complete waste of time when they would have been happy with some sort of pre-made chocolate chip cookies.
Do others on here feel like the hard work to cook for others just isn't worth it sometimes. Are people to used to packaged crap that they don't appreciate home cooking anymore?
I'm not normally this negative, just kinda bummed today.
Bree

What did you have for breakfast today? [old]

Congrats on your progress! Let me know what time the BBQ is :)

Apr 20, 2012
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What did you have for breakfast today? [old]

I made a steaming cup of Chai and couldn't decide what to eat with it, so I had a huge slice of the lemon meringue pie I made last night. Delicious!

Apr 20, 2012
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Any memories of "poor people food" from your childhood that you still crave?

hotdogs right out of the package. I don't indulge now but every once in a while I get a fond memory of my mom telling me to grab a weiner out of the fridge and split it with my brother. I hated them boiled like she used to do when she was making them 'proper' lol

Apr 19, 2012
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