Category Archives: Travel

Montage of My Year

Dear reader,

Here’s what I’m going to do. Instead of apologizing for my lack of posts these past fifteen months, I’m just going to provide an overview of what I’ve been up to all this time. You see, I never felt all that guilty about neglecting this blog because I was enjoying being busy, working, baking, eating, and having a grand old time. However, now that Scafuri Bakery is closer than ever to opening, (Finally? Hopefully? Why am I even tempting fate by saying so?), I’ve left my previous bakery jobs and have been focused on doing everything possible to prepare for opening day. But until then I’ve got a bit more time on my hands. So I’ve returned here to catch the blog up on my adventures this past year. So without further ado…

My Year in Pictures

Let’s back up to last October. One of my best friends got married and I had the double honor of bridesmaid and cake maker. Hence, the curlers.

I also fostered this cutie for six months — Moose! I miss that little bugger.

I organized my spice cabinet.

I discovered canning, pickling, jamming, and cheese making.

And continued to try my hand at growing things.

I learned archery and took up swing dancing.

Oh, and of course, not only have I been making bread…

But also beer…

I hosted a roaring 20’s murder mystery dinner party, with great success.

Besides these fun hobbies I also worked, a lot.  At the first bakery, I earned a ton of burn scars from the ovens and made a bunch of these:

At the second bakery, where I worked for most of this past year, I made some great friends and a LOT of cakes.

And somewhere beyond the early mornings and long hours I found time to make cakes of my own.

I also made several cupcake bouquets, which will probably get their own post.

It’s been a good year.

I ran around the woods of Wisconsin.

In Flagstaff, AZ, I skied on a mountain for the first time in my life.  Suffice it to say, it did not go quite as well as I would have hoped. Then again, all of the easy hills were closed that day.

And in southern Utah I struggled to remember everything I ever learned and apparently forgot from my geology class in college.  It was still amazing.

So there you have it.  I don’t really know what else to say, other than I hope that my year continues with more adventures, that the bakery will open soon, and that it won’t take me fifteen months to post again.




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Meat madness, airplanes, and a new restaurant

Wowsers. What a week. Actually the past two or three weeks have all been a bit crazy, but in a good way. On my last day staging at the Italian restaurant, I helped the pastry chef make 150 or so desserts for a book signing with none other than food blogger/cookbook author extraordinaire David Lebovitz. It was a long day but overall a great first experience with making and plating large quantities of desserts. At the end of the day, I left the restaurant, took the train to the airport, then boarded a plane for Arizona. Just in time too, because Chicago had been hit with MORE snow. Sheesh.

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pâtisseries françaises

I don’t speak French. I wish I did, if only that I could properly pronounce the names of different french foods and desserts. But until I learn, I’ll have to stick with the simpler words, like croissant and macaron.

Macarons. These are quite the special treat. They are famously Parisian, a tad bit challenging to make, and oh so satisfying. Their flavor, from the almond flour, and in this case raspberry jam, is deliciously sweet. Their texture, a sandwich of meringue disks and filling, is delicate, chewy and unlike anything I’ve ever tasted.

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Cranberry Craze

Ever wondered what a cranberry farm really looks like? Besides what you see on those Ocean Spray commercials?

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The Great Outdoors

I spent a couple days in Northern Wisconsin with my wonderful friend Kaitlin.  This area, called the Northwoods, has over 1,000 lakes!  Every time we drove past one over the course of our trip, we’d yell “Lake!”, though, that may have just been me.

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Ann Arbor Antics

Last weekend I went to Ann Arbor, Michigan to visit my friend Alex.  We spent most of the weekend cooking and eating, but managed some fun adventures in between as well.

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On apples and pie

Autumn is approaching. You know what that means? No, I’m not talking about colorful foliage, or jacket and sweater weather (my favorite!), though those are great too.  I’m talking about pie.

Who doesn’t love pie? Seriously.  Even if someone’s not into the whole fruit pie thing, there’s still savory pies, or chocolate, or pumpkin.  Oh man, pumpkin pie.  That deserves its own post another time.

For now I’m all about apples.  In pie form.  Peeled, cored, sliced and pied.  But first, I need to start from the beginning, in a lovely apple orchard in New Hampshire.

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