I was a pastry cook for 15 years. When I lived in the Bay Area, I worked in the Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco. I learned a lot about fine pastries. My husband ( a chef) worked next door at (what use to be) the Stouffer's hotel. Needless to say, we are both foodies!
My favorite things to cook
Pastries, naturally, but with only two of us at home, I try to only bake desserts for family gatherings or dinners (which is often) so that everybody eats the majority of the dessert. I also enjoy canning! I make my own sauces based on whatever is harvested from our vegetable garden (we have an acre of yard to play with). This year, I made tomatillo salsa, and will be making marinara sauce as well. Since they are both canned, I can easily use them as part of my christmas food gifts that I provide for family and friends.