Tasty Recipe Box

I am so excited to announce the formation of a brand new Facebook group! “Tasty Recipe Box” is a NEW recipe sharing group for people who love to cook, love to bake and love to eat! Anything and everything food related can be talked about and shared there. Please – I encourage you – to post recipes, share and encourage each other with kitchen tips and tricks, share pictures, ask questions, invite your family and friends, spread the word and above all else – have fun! I love collecting recipes – cookbooks – hearing, seeing and sharing new recipes – and this new space is perfect for that! I have invited a lot of you – who I think will enjoy the group – if not just opt out. If you did not get an invite – join us by searching for “Tasty Recipe Box” in the Facebook group search engine. Here we go!!! 



Hello and Thank You!

Hello new friends and followers!

🍴First let me thank you for your friend request / follow! Let me fill you in on a little about myself. I am a blogger, columnist, recipe developer, recipe tester, cookbook reviewer and cookbook author.

🍴My blog, Blaise the Baker, launched Valentine’s Day February 2014 and has grown significantly over the course of many blog posts including recipes, cookbook reviews, interviews, magazine features, question/answer segments, giveaways, column pieces and more. Be sure to follow along and subscribe via email and bookmark my site at – http://blaisethebaker.com

🍴My column, “Chew This!” launched August 2014 and appears on the first and third Sundays of each month in “The Courier-Times”. It is a space where I proudly share family memories, history and recipes as well as updates on my life and events in the Henry County area. I am extremely thankful for the opportunity. If you are not in the Henry County area, you can view all of my columns online at http://thecouriertimes.com for a subscription. If you need help subscribing please let me know and I would be happy to help!

🍴I am also a recipe developer and recipe tester. I develop recipes for my blog, column, cookbook, etc. by setting out on a finished product “taste” or idea in my mind and work my way from start to finish until I am satisfied with the final results. It is a long process but a process that I enjoy thoroughly. Recipe development really allows me to use my full creativity in the kitchen and I absolutely love it. Recipe testing – for myself or other people – allows me to actually read through the recipe and have the chance to change and make clearer the directions or instructions.

🍴I am also a cookbook reviewer. My reviews are featured in a special “Cookbook Corner” section on my blog. Some are also featured exclusively on my Instagram under the hashtag #BlaiseTheBakerReviews I only review the cookbooks that I feel are special enough to share with my family, friends and followers. Not all cookbooks I get my hands on I review because not all the cookbooks I get my hands on – I like! My cookbook reviews are for cookbooks that I have a deep love, passion and understanding for. And want to share with everyone. Cookbook reviewing has become quite a passion of mine and I love sharing and reviewing good cookbooks.

🍴One of my proudest accomplishments? My own cookbook! In September 2016 I self-published and released, “Blaise the Baker Dessert First” which came with rave reviews! 200 recipes with stories and memories to go along with each – as well as tons of tips, tricks and kitchen secrets. Follow along with posted posts by using the hashtag #BTBdessertfirst To order my cookbook send $15 total ($12 for the cookbook / $3 shipping and handling) to Blaise Doubman / Box 47 / Kennard, IN 47351. You can also pay online through http://paypal.com Use the email blaisejdx@gmail.com when sending money. If ordering 4 or more cookbooks – shipping and handling is FREE! You can also order my cookbook through “The Book Nook” located on 1325 G. Avenue in New Castle, Indiana. Call ahead for hours. My cookbook is also available to purchase at “Carousel Flowers and Gifts” in Shirley, Indiana as well as room 112 at Glen Oaks Health Campus in New Castle, Indiana. My cookbook is also available at “Warm Glow Candle” in Centerville, Indiana and at “Temptations” in New Castle, Indiana!

🍴Also – follow me on social media! I am always posting “LIVE” step by step video recipes on my Snapchat as well as Instagram. Follow me here –

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Blaise with Trisha Yearwood 

Sweetland By: Donna Cronk (Guest Blogger)

It is with warm pleasure that I welcome Donna Cronk as my first ever “Guest Blogger”! I am so thrilled that she is here and I am so grateful that I get to call her a friend. She is talented, funny, and a great writer on so many levels. It is a joy to say… “Please welcome, Donna Cronk to my Blaise The Baker blog…”

Take it away Donna…

My thanks to Blaise for allowing me this little visit on his blog. Blaise writes a food column, Chew This! for The Courier-Times in New Castle. It appears the first and third Sundays each month, and I have the pleasure of editing and placing it in the NEIGHBORS section that I edit.

I thoroughly enjoy his work, recipes and food recommendations (DO try the strawberry shortcake at Ivanhoe’s in Upland, says Blaise. I did and think I may have visited heaven while eating it).

Getting to know Blaise has been one of the unexpected joys of 2014. Another has been indie-publishing my first novel, “Sweetland of Liberty Bed & Breakfast.” The book’s genre is women’s Christian fiction / inspirational. Tags / themes throughout cover a lot of bases: Coming home, Hoosier hometown, starting over, empty nest, decorating and running a bed and breakfast, and yes, recipes!

Donna Cronk photo on porch

While there is a storyline, for sure, it seemed only natural that to tell the story of a bed and breakfast, recipes would be a natural fit.

So while the book isn’t a cookbook, per se, there are seven tried-and-true recipes, each that has meaning to me, that are planted in the story and then the recipes are in the back. Some are surprised to find the recipes and have gotten excited to see them. Others have even purchased the book just for the recipes.

The signature snack staple at the fictional inn is the sugar cookie. Innkeeper Samantha Jarrett and her sister-in-law get together monthly to make sugar cookies, cut out and decorated with seasonal or special-occasion themes. So it was only fitting that I include a really good sugar-cookie recipe, and even more fitting that I used my friend Patti Broshar-Foust’s Aunt Martha’s Sugar Cookie recipe.

Where I come from, Union County, Indiana, (Liberty), wimpy is the signature dish of the entire community! I’ve found that it is indeed a limited regional dish, that is similar (but not the same) as a sloppy joe or if you know of Greenville, Ohio’s Made Rites, those are in the same family as wimpy. The book’s recipe is called United County Wimpy. It’s fun. It’s local. It’s unique and homemade.

My mother’s signature dish was Mom’s Spice Cake and her Brown-Sugar Icing. The eggless, milkless and butterless cake is known to many food historians as a “Depression” cake (as in the Great Depression of 1929-early 1930s). However, if this is a Depression cake, it’s from a much earlier depression, I imagine. My mother would be 100 right now and the recipe was her mother’s. I would guess that the recipe is 150 years old, if it’s a day.

It’s the cake my mother took to every special occasion in her life – and mine – that required pitch-in food. It is a little dry, but I kept the ingredients as she had them and I don’t recall her cake being dry. It was perfect.

My favorite of the recipes, however, is Good-As-Gold Granola. It came from my friend Gay Kirkton who got it from her mother, who got it from a friend. I gave it this name because once I was telling Gay how delicious it is and she said, “It’s gold.” And it is.

The granola has become “my” recipe the way that all good recipes take on the personality of those who tweak them. I added and subtracted a few things to suit my specific taste (I’m not an apricot fan, for example, and I think I use more nuts than the original recipe calls for). My friends now call it Donna’s recipe because it is a popular request when a group of us take a girlfriend trip to a friend’s lake house.

My friend Cheryl K. Bennett contributed her signature Mexican Dip, and there is my sunflower-and-pasta salad.

So that’s about it for the recipes. Nothing terribly fancy or difficult; just simple, tasty fare.

While I’ve been an employed journalist for more than three decades, I never fancied myself as becoming an author, certainly not a novelist. But sometimes we surprise ourselves. Five years ago, this story came to me, and the characters just started showing up in the scenes running through my mind. It started with a comment of my husband’s that he wouldn’t mind living in Liberty – my hometown – when we retire. For some reason, the idea wouldn’t leave it, and before long, I had created a totally fictional scenario about a woman returning to her hometown and opening an inn. Of course, I had to add some drama.

The overall theme is that no matter what we go through, what trials we face, if we trust God, He will walk beside us through these troubles.

I have found this true in my own life, and I pray that you do too.

Meanwhile, consider having a look at my book. It’s available in print and for Kindle on Amazon. I love giving programs not just about the book but about the joys of a midlife bucket list.

And if you’d like an autographed and inscribed copy, I’d be happy to send you one myself. Cost is $16 (book and postage). Message me at newsgirl.1958@gmail.com for details or to order.

Bye for now!


Front Cover

Note: To see my “Sweetland of Liberty…” book review, check out the AMAZING recipes included in the book, and PURCHASING information please click here – https://blaisethebaker.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/sweetland-of-liberty-bed-breakfast-review-and-guest-blogger-announcement/

Photos and interview with thanks to Donna Cronk exclusively for “Blaise the Baker”.


Hello everyone!

My name is Blaise and I love to bake! This is my first blog and my first posting…

I have thought about creating something like this for awhile – so here it is!

I have loved to bake since I was little, and I hope to share my love and passion for baking with everyone reading this. I hope to use my blog as a place for information and inspiration. I hope it becomes a place for you to come for great recipes, pictures, stories and conversations!

For right now – please bookmark my site for easy navigation back…

Also, please follow me on Twitter and Instagram!

Until my next posting – I will leave you with this quote which basically sums up my philosophy on baking. It is from the incredible Julia Child…

“This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook – try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!”