February 10, 2015

tool i can't live without - wooden spoons

If you followed Baker By Design, then I’m sure this site looks fairly familiar to you. When I first started my original food blog, I was in culinary school and focused solely on pastry. While it was very easy to update regularly in its early stages (before full time jobs and life got in the way), it soon became an after thought for me. However, food was always there. After months of not updating, it was then that I realized I had painted myself into a corner. On top of cooking dinner, baking all day at work, relaxing with a martini, meeting friends and family, I had to set aside time to focus on creating original pastry recipes at home…and that was more difficult than I had originally anticipated. So after weighing my options and having a good think if food blogging was something I was truly serious about or if it was just a fleeting whim, I came to the conclusion that food was such an integral part of my life that I just had to share it with everyone.

The purpose of this food blog is to share my life and my love of all things food and drink. I want to teach you to be fearless in the kitchen. I want to show you how stirring a pot of risotto for 30 minutes can actually become quite a relaxing task (hint: it involves a bottle of wine). I want to show you that with a little planning and proper organization, you can make a dessert for a special occasion with all sorts of components that will blow your guests away. If there is one thing I’ve learned in my professional culinary career, it’s that the only thing holding you back is the unknown. We might even get to conquer some fears together.

old cookbooks

Whenever I sit down to think about what I want to include, my mind keeps racing and thinking of all sorts of different topics. I plan on continuing to create original recipes for you to make at home. Only now, you’ll get more than just dessert. Included in those recipes will be cocktails. And dinner. And lunch. And snacks. Over the years, I have also amassed a very large collection of cookbooks that still continues to grow. Rather than just let them collect dust, together we can sift through the pages to find some great treasures to help inspire us all. And speaking of inspiration, I plan on showcasing all of my culinary influences in the hopes that they may even help to send you on your very own edible journey. On top of all that, I’ve learned a ton of tips and techniques working professionally in kitchens that I can’t wait to share with you. That’s only the tip of the iceberg. Needless to say, there won’t be a shortage of information on here.

Nearly every aspect of my life relates back to food and this website is essentially my edible diary. I hope you enjoy the journey as much as I do.

inspiring books & me in the kitchen

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