From an early age, I thought the most important question to ask a potential new friend was, “What is your favorite food?” If you didn’t know the answer, I was certain we were not a match.
In my elementary years it was steak and salad because it sounded like something a grown-up might like. As a pre-teen I favored slumber party snacks including anything dipped in chocolate and those wonderful and disgustingly bright pink sour straw candies.
I declared paella a favorite after bringing a bastardized American version into Spanish class at 17. I decided that an international dish connoted an open mind and betrayed the fact that I was just a girl born in West Virginia, raised in Virginia and attending a high school across from a cow pasture.
In college I threw myself passionately into vegetarianism and committed my dining hall days to the Indian Vegetable Patties on special and the cocoa-laden vegan brownies. A semester in Italy quickly derailed my best intentions as I snuck bites of bresaola, prosciutto and spicy salami in between classes.
A love affair with bread baking set off the post college years and I was breaths away from culinary school until a few months spent sweating in a professional bakery changed my mind.
This blog is a collection of my favorites, both past and present. When I’m not at my “day job” I bake what I grew up with, write about what I love and try not to eat the entire pan. When not in the kitchen, I spend most of my time with my husband, dog and annoying both of them with my unwavering passion for 80’s music.
Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook – Chocolate Hand Pies recipe featured
Saveur.com – Coconut Cream Pie declared “Best of the Web”
Smithsonian.com – “The Candy Corn Story”
Washingtonian.com – What I do with my Thanksgiving leftovers, on page 3.
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