I started really baking in the spring of 2010. I mean, the kind of baking that involves more than the recipe on the back of the Nestle 12oz bag of semisweet chocolate chips. My first true success was in the more exotic cookie region: Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze. I was recovering from a really awful sickness (it involved a prescribed inhaler for the two weeks I was coughing up my lungs) and we had half days at school on that Monday and Tuesday. That Tuesday, I decided to bake these cookies for my friends. Since I was at the tail end of my illness, I had no sense of smell or taste- this is a terrible combination for a baker, by the way. I followed the recipe exactly and ended up with the most delightful cake-textured cookies I had ever felt in my mouth. Seriously, one of the best cookies I’ve ever made or had and you should definitely try making them- they’re remarkably easy!

I digress.

I created this blog because I want to keep track of my baking adventures. The successes and the failures and suggestions for anyone trying their hand at something for the first time. I didn’t grow up in a baking family- I grew up in an avid pastry-eating family. I have had my fair share of delicious desserts and if someone else can do it, so can I! I guess for the past three and a half years, I’ve been building up my sense of smell and taste as I bake to obtain that wonderful gut feeling of what is right and what is wrong. Eventually, I’ll get to the point that I will know how to fix it. But for now, I present to you the explorations of an amateur baker!


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