Hello and welcome! I am Valerie and baking is a true passion of mine. This blog contains the collection of recipes from Anna Olson’s Back to Baking cookbook, which I am striving to complete in their entirety.
I am Valerie and I am a food lover at heart. Baking is my passion and I have always been interested in it. I remember using my Easy Bake oven when I was a young girl and making little cakes for my family. It was epic. I enjoy baking not only for the meditating quality of the action or the delicious outcome that can be shared, but for the creativity that I develop while decorating these desserts and for the joy they provide.
Over the years I have been truly inspired by Anna Olson, a talented pastry chef that has her own show on the Food Network. She is the host of “Bake with Anna Olson”, a show that I watch with complete earnestness whenever I can. Not only is she evidently very skillful, but she also brings out one delicious-looking dessert after another every time. We also eat with our eyes, after all. Perhaps this is why my favorite part of baking is the decorating.
Several years ago my parents got me her cookbook Back to Baking for my birthday. As I was excitedly flipping through it and looked in delight at the sophisticated and seemingly delectable desserts, one thought came to mind: I must try every single recipe of this wonderful cookbook. Such a thought inspired me to make a blog about my efforts to repeat the 200 recipes found in this cookbook. I started this blog in 2012 and have been slowly working on doing all the recipes as I am continuing my studies full time. This blog is solely for personal use and acts more as a record of my efforts and progress for myself, and to take notes of the numerous recipes that I will no doubt want to repeat.
A bit more about me...
I am a scientist and currently doing my postdoctoral studies in microbiology and immunobiology at Weill Cornell Medicine. As a scientist, baking makes complete sense as it is essentially an experiment that requires following a detailed protocol that in the end should give the expected product. When I am not baking and bringing desserts at work to share, I enjoy walking around and discovering my new city, taking photographs, enjoying nature and reading.