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“To: Mom, From: Santa” My Boys Couldn’t Believe It!

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As I child, I refused to believe there was no Santa! I am the oldest of three children, so I was the first to go to school and hear all the opinions on this subject. One weirdo kid proceeded to tell me that it was not true and that my parents were fibbing. But they would never—right? Either way, it …

Elvis Presley on The Ed Sullivan Show

Have You Had an Elvis Moment?

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We were sitting in a meeting the other day, and one of our young digital marketing coordinators had been to Las Vegas for a family wedding. I asked her if she saw any “Elvis Presleys.” The whole room laughed, and to our surprise, she said she didn’t see a single one! My sister, Janice, the eternal Elvis fan, chimed in and …

Hallmark Home & Family

Behind the Scenes! Brian on the Hallmark Channel

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This past week I had the pleasure of watching the Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family, where my son Brian Hart Hoffman did a guest appearance on the show. He demonstrated a recipe from The Bread Collection cookbook that has just been released. As you know, Brian is the editor-in-chief of Bake from Scratch and continues to be featured on shows …

2018 Chefs to Watch

Chefs to Watch Recap (Plus a Divine Dessert Recipe)

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I believe there is immense value in supporting homegrown talent. People with extraordinary gifts are the driving force behind an area’s culture, heritage, and future direction. That is why Louisiana Cookin’s annual Chefs to Watch is such special event! Chefs to Watch is a way to acknowledge the up-and-coming chefs in the Bayou State. And since 2002, we have seen …

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Camp Gigi—Part One

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Camp Gigi has just finished. It was a full week of having my granddaughter at our home with her best friend joining us for part of the week. Her brother was at his camp in the mountains, so it worked out perfectly for her to come to stay with us. Camp Gigi (what my grandchildren call me) is a week …

Chocolate Biscuit Cake.

The Queen’s Dessert of Choice: Chocolate Biscuit Cake

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With all this talk about the royal wedding and the enchantment surrounding the festivities, I can’t help but admire Queen Elizabeth II for her impeccable taste and style. I’ve talked about her selection of a beautiful embroidered coat for the wedding in my “The Royal Wedding in Review” post. Her taste in clothing is far from the only agreeable preference …