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The Food Network |  Silverhill’s Brooklyn Kyzar will be competing on the upcoming season of Kids Baking Championship premiering Monday, Jan. 7, at 8 p.m. CST on Food Network.

When I was 12 years old my greatest accomplishment to date was securing a paper route and delivering the good news to four and a half blocks of Laurel Metro readers. That’s nothing compared to Silverhill’s Brooklyn Kyzar, who will be competing on the upcoming season of Kids Baking Championship premiering Monday, Jan. 7, at 8 p.m. CST on Food Network.

The young rising star is one of a dozen new talented bakers ranging from 9 to 13 who will be put to the test in difficult dessert challenges throughout the season. Whether it be sugar cookies or mini cheesecakes, macarons or brownies and blondies, these teens and preteens take no prisoners.

Mentoring them along the way will be actress Valerie Bertinelli and “Ace of Cakes” star Duff Goldman, so you know they are in competent hands through each competitive task. But it’s the kids who are the stars of the show and only one will take home the title, a feature in Food Network Magazine and a grand prize of $25,000! You’d have to sling a lot of papers to make that kind of scratch.

Good luck, Brooklyn! Those of us with a sweet tooth will be watching.

Cup of shame be gone!

Let me speak to something that is bothersome to me. It’s about getting water in a restaurant and receiving the tiny cup of shame. I have a friend who always orders water, only because it’s what he prefers to drink with lunch, and several times on our lunch excursions he is given the miniature plastic Dixie not much larger than the dentist’s rinse cup.

We used to laugh but now we can’t help but feel it is some kind of pressure to either distinguish you from the other fountain drinkers or to shame you into buying some kind of syrupy tea or soda. Is it supposed to make you feel cheap? Do you need us to pay a little extra so we can drink like a big boy?

Most of us annoyed by this would gladly pay for our water if that’s the case, and I will pony up the cash for him while I drink my unsweetened tea just so our conversation can last more than two slugs before he gets up for a refill.

Restaurants, your oversized shot glass does no one any favors. As a matter of fact, it is you who looks cheap. End the cup of shame. I am certain you will not see a decline in profits, and water drinkers all over can drink in peace.

Be safe this Dec. 31. It’s best to Uber on amateur night. Definitely don’t barhop on an empty stomach, there are too many good places to eat. If you can’t control your portions and have a tendency to overindulge, then simply drink your booze from the cup of shame!