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First sign of spring: Food Network's seasonal baking competition is back

Clinton Kelly hosts "Spring Baking Championship"

Host Clinton Kelly with the "Spring Baking Championship" contestants
Spring is in the air! For those of us who live in more northerly climes -- you know, those places that have spent the past few months buried under several feet of snow -- it's an exciting time with longer days, returning birds and melting snow, but even folks in the balmy south get the pleasure of one particular sign of the season: the return of "Spring Baking Championship." The Food Network series, which premieres Monday, March 18, always blooms at this time of year, and it's kind of a big deal. The show, along with the network's other seasonal competitions, is a huge ratings hit, and last season it attracted the biggest audiences in its history. Spring is all about re...