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My baking addiction started at a very young age.  Some of my earliest baking memories are from nursery school.  I remember baking chocolate cake from scratch; it was the best chocolate cake I have ever tasted.  I have to admit though, my mom is definitely the one who inspired me the most.  I remember helping her bake chocolate chip cookies and banana bread for the weekends and I was always excited to help with the holiday cookies.  Here’s a secret: licking the bowl is still the best part!

While I was in college I worked at a local bakery.  I started as an apprentice, doing anything that needed to be done.   I piped hundreds of cookies, scooped pounds and pounds of cookie dough and learned to braid challah dough like a pro.  I was hooked! I then knew I was ready to do this forever.  I attended the French Culinary Institute in NYC to hone my skills, to learn all things pastry.  After finishing the pastry program I became the head cake decorator at the local bakery that started it all.  After working there for 9 years, it was time to move on.

I got married to my best friend and biggest supporter, Nathan.  2 years later we had a baby boy, Charlie. 3 1/2 years after that we welcomed little Lexi to the family. 4 years  after that, Kiki was born.

My favorite thing to do is develop recipes that are non dairy. I am always on the hunt for recipes that will translate well. I have a few rules when it comes to developing recipes. Never be afraid to experiment; no idea is too crazy to try!   Also,  never be afraid to experiment on family.  My husband and my brother are the two most honest people I know (sometimes a little too honest) and they always tell it to me straight. Thanks for your constant constructive criticism.  Keep it coming– I’ll provide the treats!

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