I’m a college student majoring in chemistry (evidenced by the title of this blog) where I also row for our collegiate crew team. I don’t live the normal college life, going to bed at 3 in the morning, but instead get up every morning at 4:30 for crew (and you thought 6:30 was early, but there is a nice benefit of rowing as the sun rises).  I balance my time between western Massachusetts and my home in central Pennsylvania (complete with a fully stocked kitchen).  I just love to bake and have been baking for about 10 years now (wow, do I feel old).  My mother and grandmother deserve much of the credit for inspiring me and encouraging my baking passion.

I bake a variety of delectable treats ranging from cookies, to cakes, and other random pastries tending toward recipes that aren’t crazy fancy or complex although I love to experiment.  Currently, I have a passion for bread baking that just burns within me.   It is so fascinating how a few simple ingredients can combine and rise up using science (especially chemistry) to make soft, chewy, delicious bread.  It may sound easy, but yeast bread can be very temperamental, so I made some delicious bread but have also ended up with hockey pucks of dough.  Well, better to try and fail (and learn from it), than to just buy bread at the grocery store.  It’s all worth it, when you have a golden loaf still hot from the oven ready to eat (although I learned that you aren’t supposed to cut warm bread because it’s still cooking, oh well).

I hope to try a plethora of recipes and see how they turn out.  Let’s get started!!!


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Mom
    Oct 18, 2010 @ 20:05:55

    Don’t forget to give credit where credit is due when you show off those “lovely” loaf pans that we brought up for you, along with instant yeast and Martha Stewart’s cookbook! Love you.


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