This Great-Grandmother Dominates Her District Fair Recipe Competition Every. Single. Year.

Absolutely crushing the competition at the local fair is nothing new for Linda Skeens. This year, the Virginian great-grandmother went viral after winning more than 25 of the 80 contests at the Virginia-Kentucky District Fair—and sweeping the medals in…

Absolutely crushing the competition at the local fair is nothing new for Linda Skeens. This year, the Virginian great-grandmother went viral after winning more than 25 of the 80 contests at the Virginia-Kentucky District Fair—and sweeping the medals in the Cake, Pie, Cookie, Sweet Bread, Savory Bread, Brownie, and Candy categories. She won for cooking, canning, and baking, and she even placed in the embroidery and wall-decor categories, per Today. But apparently she’s dominated the competition before, as TikTok and radio personality Mason Moussette learned after she tracked down the mystery champion for an interview.

“I usually win,” Skeens said. She’s a regular at the fair and often triumphs in pretty similar ways to this year. What made this year different, according to the humble winner who has no social media of her own (or even a cell phone or email address, her granddaughter told the Washington Post), was that the fair posted about it on Facebook.

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The Best Pie Weight Is Already in Your Pantry (Nope, Not Beans)

A couple years ago in our Baking Club, Leslie Rogers shared a delicious looking batch of lemon bars with a brown butter shortbread base. But what really caught our eye wasn’t the creamy lemon filling or the generous dusting of powdered sugar—it was her…

A couple years ago in our Baking Club, Leslie Rogers shared a delicious looking batch of lemon bars with a brown butter shortbread base. But what really caught our eye wasn't the creamy lemon filling or the generous dusting of powdered sugar—it was her off-hand comment that she used sugar as a pie weight for the toasty shortbread crust. No surprise that this ingenious idea comes from Stella Parks, whose book BraveTart was a smash hit in the Club.

The Powerhouse Ingredient You’re Almost Definitely Throwing Out

The older I get, the more pleasure I get out of things like actually using all the groceries I buy—remember when we found out that the average American is throwing out nearly 3,000 pounds of food per year?—and being able to recycle containers that are …

The older I get, the more pleasure I get out of things like actually using all the groceries I buy—remember when we found out that the average American is throwing out nearly 3,000 pounds of food per year?—and being able to recycle containers that are completely empty because they’ve been used to the last drop.

But when it comes to baking, unless you’re a professional baker or a very busy hobby baker, you probably have quite a few items in your kitchen pantry that were used once, and then more or less forgotten. How many times have you used a full container of baking soda before it expired?

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