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SUNDAY, December 18

0730 There are bakers...and there are chefs. But can you be both? Anna Olson has managed to bridge this culinary divide. She's the author of six books about food and cooking. She's also the host of two different culinary television shows.
But Anna's latest book is exclusively about baking. It's called Back To Baking.
And Anna joined Mary Ito to talk about the challenges of being a better baker.
Listen audio (runs 9:54)
Back To Baking is published by Whitecap Books.
For more information, please visit Anna's website.

And here's the recipe that Anna has kindly provided for your baking pleasure:


These have become a household favorite - sophisticated and elegant, but ultimately a comfort-food style of cookie.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies

¾ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
½ cup sugar
½ cup packed dark brown sugar
2 tsp finely grated orange zest
1 egg at room temperature
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ cup crunchy toffee bits such as Skor bits
Fine sea salt, for sprinkling

1. Beat the butter, sugar, brown sugar and orange zest together until smooth. Add the egg and beat until combined.

2. Sift in the flour and baking soda and stir until blended, then stir in the toffee bits.

3. Shape the dough into 2 logs about 9-inches long and 2-inches across and wrap in plastic wrap. Once wrapped, gently flatten the dough on 4 sides, to create a square shape. Chill the dough for at least 2 hours before baking.

4. Preheat the oven to 350 °F and line 3 baking trays with parchment paper.

5. Slice the logs into cookies that are ¼-inch wide and place them onto the prepared trays, leaving 2 inches between each cookie (these do spread as they bake). Sprinkle the top of each cookie with a little bit of sea salt.

6. Bake the cookies for about 13 minutes, until they have browned just lightly on the bottom. Cool the cookies on the tray and then store in an airtight container.

The cookies will keep for up to a week in an airtight container.

From Back to Baking, Anna Olson, Whitecap Books, 2011

0800 Fresh Air's favourite medical-man paid a just-before-Christmas visit to the show...and he brought a gift. It's Dr. Mike Evans' prescription for better health. It's simple and just about anyone can take advantage of it. All you have to do is watch a short video featuring Mike that's called 23 and 1/2 Hours. Mike gave Mary the scoop on what it's all about.
Listen audio (runs 10:08)
If you'd like to view the video, it's as close as a trip to Dr. Mike's YouTube posting.

0830 She's a merchanding marvel. Her name is Bonnie Brooks and she's president and CEO of the Hudson's Bay Company. But you probably already know her as the "voice" of The Bay's radio commercials. Bonnie came into the Fresh Air studio to talk with Mary about her journey to the top at The Bay...and the future of full-service department stores.
Listen audio (runs 12:32)
If you'd like to know more about her, check out the online version of Bonnie's HBC bio.