When I decided to take a baking and pastry class my junior year of college, I had no idea that it would turn into this hidden passion I never knew I had. I found making cupcakes, tarts, and souffles set a spark in my soul and that this was going to be a new hobby of mine for the rest of my life. Little did I know that this new passion would send me on a journey to connect more with my loved ones and the world around me.
To further understand where this journey starts, for Christmas 2016 my dad’s sister, my Aunt Joanna, gave me one of the best gifts I have ever received, my great grandmother’s wooden recipe box with handwritten recipes in it. Now, you have to understand that I’ve grown up hearing stories of the strong, independent women my great grandma Cecile and great grandma Eva Taylor were and how they were wonderful cooks and bakers. Having a gift that helped me connect to these women had me humbled and speechless.
Now that I have been cooking and baking more regularly, I’ve found myself pulling inspiration from the world around me. Every trip I go on, and every new place I visit, I find myself falling in love with the culture and using those flavors and experiences in the food I make.
I truly believe that food, culture, and hospitality are key components to making the world a better place. Food is a tool that anyone can use to better understand and appreciate those that are different than us.
So join me as I use all of these things to do my part in bring others together.
Let’s dig in!