Its really all Hillary's fault. During her husband's first run at the White House, she famously defended her decision to continue working with a gratuitous slap at all stay-at-home moms:
I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was fulfill my profession.
Such a mistake requires that penance be done, so Hillary of course declared that she loved baking cookies, and since that time aspiring first ladies have been required to demonstrate their respective cookie baking skills by submitting a recipe to the Family Circle magazine for public critique.
I guess that Teresa Heinz Kerry could have challenged the tradition by telling everyone that she is a billionaire and that she "had people" to do her baking. But politicians think they have to pander even when they don't, and she dutifully submitted a recipie for something called "Yummy Wonders". However Family Circle reported back that the "Yummy Wonders" recipe didn't work, and so the Heinz Kerry camp sent in another submission, for a pumpkin spice cookie.
Mrs. Heinz Kerry said, according to the NYT: "Somebody at my office gave that recipe out and, in fact, I think somebody really made it on purpose to give a nasty recipe. I never made pumpkin cookies; I don't like pumpkin spice cookies."
I can't believe that even Teresa thinks that someone from her staff gave out a bad recipe on purpose, so this must be an allegation that the Republican "plumbers" are back in action. G. Gordon Liddy, call your office.