I was lucky enough to grow up in the magical wonderland known as the Pacific Northwest. A Washingtonian turned Oregonian, I have a soft spot in my heart for the color green, rainy days and big mugs of steamy hot Stumptown. When you grow up a diehard PNWer, you’re taught to detest all things California. Yet somehow, I ended up living in CA and basking in the beauty of the Golden State. And dare I say, California knows how to party.
I haven’t always been a baker. It’s not really a skill that runs in our family. In all honesty, I was destined for a life of canned crescent rolls and boxed brownies. I didn’t grow up shadowing my mother in some idyllic French country kitchen, baking fresh artisan breads from recipes passed down for generations. We didn’t run in those circles, money was tight and we were always short on time. We were just happy when the food bank stocked peanut butter. Later, when we could afford luxurious such as cookies, we were more of the eat-cookie-dough-straight-from-the-tube type of family. I often wonder if I bake out of my deep love of fresh baked goods or out of defiance to make up for all of that prepackaged junk I consumed as a kid. That’s a topic for a therapist I suppose.
I am a designer, by design. I began my career path as an interior designer embedded in an architecture firm. That led to freelance opportunities in the video production industry as a production designer. Over the years, my hubs and I hustled hard to start a graphic design firm that we ran together in Portland, OR for many years.
After all of those long hours spent pushing pixels, hunched over a Macbook Pro, I realized I needed an outlet. Baking became my reprieve from the screen; a way to actually create something tangible instead of digital banner ads. I felt so free baking late into the evenings, trying new recipes and reaping the tasty rewards. People started asking for the recipes. I loved baking so much that I decided to start a baking blog to share my recipes with pals. It seemed like a great idea at the time. Then, I realized that the time actually baking pales in comparison to the time spent maintaining a blog… hunched over a Macbook Pro.
It’s a ridiculous amount of work, which I realize is self-induced, and sometimes feels like more hassle than it’s worth. But, I think I’ve finally found my calling. Baking The Goods has pushed my boundaries in the kitchen, behind the lens, and deep into the dark and scary corners of web development. I’ve built the blog around my personal interests and make the most of my skillset; baking, recipe development, photo styling, photography, writing, graphic design, reluctant web design and marketing. I’ve even developed my very own online baking tutorial class, Know Yo’ Dough on Skillshare.
It’s led to many opportunities and dreams I never thought possible like having a recipe published between two of my culinary heroes, Alice Waters and Dominque Ansel, in a cookbook by one of the most respectable charities around; Charity Water.
I’ve created recipes through sponsorships for brands that I adore, like this recipe for Coconut Cream Scones sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill. And I love developing a suite of lifestyle images for wine brands like King Estate, North by Northwest and Acrobat.
For the most part, I am a self-taught baker, except for a short stint as an assistant baker at the bread haven, Bob’s Well Bread in the quaint little ghost town of Los Alamos, CA. At Bob’s I learned about the labor intensive art of small batch bread baking and all of the intricacies of this master craft. I also learned that you can never know it all. Baking is an unpredictable mix of chemistry and art, which is what makes it so exciting.
Baking The Goods is an ever evolving, passion project with a DIY, learn-as-you go approach. My goal is to offer step-by-step recipes featuring relatable anecdotes paired with pretty food photography shot from the home baker’s point of view.
I have no idea what’s coming next but I take comfort in the idea of possibility. I am beyond grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given and I plan to keep the hustle strong and the recipes sweet for years to come.
Thank you for visiting Baking The Goods and supporting me through your visits, likes, shares, encouragement, feedback and most of all love. Your support is what keeps me going and allows me to keep Baking The Goods.
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