When I was six years old my mother and I moved to a rural village in France. We opened a chocolate shop – with Sunday hours – across the street from the village church. My mother and I quickly won-over the local townspeople with our delicious chocolates and warm personalities, however the mayor of the town was still determined to shut our sinful shop down. On the Saturday evening before Easter, the mayor broke into our shop and destroyed our confections. However, a small piece of chocolate landed in his throat, forcing him to give into the seduction and devour the chocolate. The mayor and my mother developed a relationship based on mutual respect and also learned something about acceptance and love along the way. My experience living in Lansquenet-sous-Tannes is the reason why I love to bake and why I believe chocolate has the power to bring people together and make everyone’s day a little brighter.
So, um, for those of you who are not Johnny Depp fans I should probably confess that the above story is actually the plot from the 2000 movie Chocolat. I’ve never lived in France. My mother has never owned a chocolate shop. The only mayor I’ve ever met is Mayor McCheese — and he is a pretty nice guy. I bet he even likes chocolate.
I’m not a good cook. Why? Because I don’t know what foods and spices taste good together. People say when you’re pregnant you develop a taste for odd food combinations. Well if that’s the case then I’ve been pregnant for most of my life. However, the hours I spent listening to my Evolutionary Biology professor in college would lead me to believe that a gestation period of 1,513 weeks in humans is completely ridiculous.
ANYWAYS…I may not be a good cook but I’ve discovered over the last 5 years that I’m a pretty damn good baker. I function well within a system. Cups, teaspoons, oven temperatures, baking times…they all make me feel warm and fuzzy inside. And because I am the mother of a toddler my only real opportunities to bake happen at night after the little one goes to bed.
You’re really not that entertaining Amy, so why the blog? You think you’re better than me?
Over the years I’ve found some really great recipes and I’d like to share those with people who also enjoy baking. And I still have a lot of baking tips and tricks to learn. I hope to share all of that with you too. This blog will serve as a resource for recipes and also as a place where you can watch me make the mistakes first and learn from them. Or just laugh at me and think to yourself, “Oh my God, that crazy %$^@# has no idea what she’s doing.” Believe me, I considered using that as the title for this blog.
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