Saturday, January 7, 2012


Christine Marklin is not only known for her talents as a fruitcake judge. She is also known for her superior vegetable garden, and her excellent vegetable soup. But, Christine's soup cannot be bought online. It must be given to you. (By the way, thank you, Christine and Martin, for two large containers of delicious soup!)

However, you can order online GRANDMA'S fantastic chicken soup. This soup was first sent to Tomie as a get-well gift several years ago by Cecilia Yung, Art Director, and Marikka Tamura, Assistant Art Director, G. P. Putnam's Sons.

Since Tomie had a new year's craving for chicken soup, he told Grandma to send him some more. He finished her soup last night. Yum.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

2011 Canadian Fruitcake Challenge: A Winner Is Crowned! (Drum Roll)

Anna is holding the winner of the 2011 Canadian Fruitcake Challenge: Jennette's almond-topped fruitcake (or Christmas cake as the Canadians call it). Jennette is from Vancouver as are all of the other competitors. The esteemed Marklin Family of Judges, left to right: Christine, Matthias, Anna, Simeon, Martin. Tomie monitored the judging in his kitchen.

Second place went to Ted and third place went to Roberta.

If you look at the photos on January 3, Ted's cake is the cake at the top of the top photo. Jennette's cake is in the bottom photo in the middle. Roberta's cake is in the bottom photo at the bottom.

The Canadians have decided that this was the last Fruitcake Challenge. So sad. Too much competition amongst friends?

The Marklin Family of Judges has moved on to the next competition. Are they judging haggis in Scotland? (Daughter Judith didn't understand the importance of this fruitcake competition and chose to stay in Germany to continue her studies.)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Nine fruitcakes were received this year for the 2011 Canadian Fruitcake Challenge. They weigh a "ton," and will be judged this afternoon by an esteemed family of judges.

Tomie continues to get stronger each day, and will monitor today's judging.