Many, many years ago when I was in my teens, I used to bake at home once and awhile, but it wasn't until 1978 that I really got into the baking niche.
My boyfriend, who is now my husband, went to Dallas for a week to train for a new job. I thought I'd surprise him when he got back with an ice cream bucket full of Chocolate Chip Cookies. He liked them so much that he gave me the nickname, Mrs Goodcookies. From then on, and as our kids were growing up, I continued to bake quite a lot. I just loved baking for my family.
As our kids got older and started moving out, I decided to go back to school. In 2007, I received my Culinary Arts degree. Also that same year, I took 1st place in a Minnesota statewide cooking competition. I've worked in restaurants around the Minneapolis area and was also a pastry chef for an Italian restaurant in Edina, MN before it closed. But I was still happiest when I was baking for family and friends.
Several years ago, I started making breads, candies and other treats to give to neighbors and friends for Christmas gifts. I just love seeing their reaction when I hand them their bag full of homemade goodies and say "Merry Christmas!"
Over all these years, I have received so many compliments on my baking and I like experimenting with different ingredients/combinations as well. So, a few years ago I started thinking "why not?", I should make a career out of it. If you're doing what you love to do, it's not a job, right?
And so begins my maiden voyage...
A long, long time ago...