I've been baking seriously for about four years. I recently decided to bite the bullet and go to culinary school to be a baker, rather than try and get a career as a paper pusher, which I didn't really want anyway. Student loans aside, I'm really looking forward to culinary school, and I hope to someday open a bakery with a small attached cafe. Here's hoping I make it!
My favorite things to cook
Cookies, muffins, and recently cakes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Ever since I was a little girl, my family has done Christmas baking every year, making cookie platters and our special Christmas bread for out friends, collegues, and teachers. I'm happy to say that my husband's family has a similar tradition, and I'm looking forward to melding the two together when we have children.
My cooking triumphs
I made five small cookie platters for my grandma-in-law to bring to dialasis, but didn't decorated them, other than adding a little food dye to the sugar cookies. There was a large cookie platter of decorated cookies there, which NO ONE TOUCHED! And my cookies just dissapeared! What an ego boost!
My cooking tragedies
I made a 'gingerbread bundt' cake for a friend who is going through AA to bring to a meeting - UGH! It tasted, as she put it "like clove cigarrets". WORST thing I've baked in YEARS. And worse yet, it gave everyone who tried it indigestion. UGH.
I tried to make a Yule log this year, and I forgot the baking soda. OOPS. It still tasted delicious, but it looked really weird. I'm just going to have to try it again.