I’ve been blogging for a while, but not about food. Instead, I’ve been sharing my thoughts about karate. Now it’s time to blog about my other passion – food!

Food. I love it. I love to eat it, make it, talk about it, read about it. After all, what’s not to like? Well, besides all those silly calories!

Playing in the kitchen is my relaxation. My refuge. The place where my creativity can come out and play.

I’m a writer of boring stuff by day, karate student by evening, baker & cook when I get the chance. Fifteen years in the food service business only endorsed what I already knew — food is my passion. If I could cook and bake all week and get paid for it — would I? I’m not sure. I don’t ever want to get to the point where “playing” in the kitchen becomes “working” in the kitchen, a chore. So for now, I bake for family, friends & co-workers for celebrations — birthdays, weddings, baby showers — and just because there are ingredients in my kitchen just begging to be transformed.  

Over the years I’ve been influenced and inspired by many people. They’ve encouraged me to bake up sugary goodness, courageously been my guinea pigs for new recipes, and (thankfully!) eaten my food so I wouldn’t eat it all.  These are my stories of the people in my life and the food I associate with them. You’ll notice it’s mostly baking, thanks to my sweet tooth. But I’m working on learning to love healthy food as well, so hopefully you’ll see some of that, too!

Here we go!