Grew up doing 4-H for 9 years. Loved to bake from early age. I enjoy watching others enjoy my creations and serve in my church doing hospitality (ie. food!!) I have recently discovered the fun of canning my own jams, syrups and salsas. What a blast! Have entered in 4 IN State Fairs and 3 county fair. Have done VERY well at all of them. This spring will be my 5th season of selling at farmer's markets. My company is Robbybaby's Kitchen. I produce my products locally and sell @ Your Local Deli & Market in Indy and TeaPots n Treasures in Cumberland. Business is good and God is great! I give Him glory for all He has blessed me with!
My favorite things to cook
I've been making gourmet-flavored suckers and candies since 1982. Also known for my banana bread. If you can put it in a loaf pan - I can make it! From meatloaf to breads. Love to experiment with different flavors. I screw up on occasion....laugh at myself and learn for the next time! Just purchased my Kitchen Aide stand mixer for Christmas - and having so much fun. Making meringue cookies, danish, breads.. What an adventure!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up watching my mom trying variations on box mixes - trying to outsmart her picky husband who always wanted made-from-scratch food. I've learned how to make something out of practically nothing - how far you can stretch a food dollar. I always shop at the cheaper grocery stores - but never skimp on flavor when it counts! Butter rules!
My cooking triumphs
Doing all the food for 2 ladies' teas at my church. Large group of women attended - it was my 1st venture and 1st trifle! Gotta love trifles!! Also winning awards at the state and country fairs for my jams, syrups, sauces, and breads. My company - Robbybaby's Kitchen in Indy....where I sell my award-winning jams, jellies, sauces and baked goods!
My cooking tragedies
Almost setting the stove and kitchen on fire making pies. Making the most beautiful orange colored suckers - but forgetting to put the flavor in! haha! Making and serving banana bread - then realizing that I forgot to add the sugar!