This is my story. This is my song. I love to bake and I love to sing. By far I believe I bake better than I sing.
The little chubby kid from Jersey loves COOKIES! Baking has been a life-long love for me. I learned to cook watching my mom, Florence. She's a wonderful cook. She loved serving up her dishes for family and friends. In fact she and her best friend Mary-Ellen were so good at it they were requested to cater for parties and weddings. They actually catered my wedding of 375 guests. It was beautiful and delicious! There were many times I would get the opportunity to tag along with them when they were commissioned to cater. I learned the ropes loving every second of it. By the time I was 16 and still able to accompany them to cater, I even got PAID!!.
My mom was a master at making pies. Everyone always wanted mom's sweet potato pies. She made cakes but only for awhile because, by the time I was 12 years old, she left the task up to me.
I started watching cooking shows on TV when I was 9 but there weren't half as many chef and cooking shows in the 60's and 70's as there are today. By the time I was 10, I was making a full course meal for the family. I began mirror making the dishes my mom would make for us when she came home from work. They weren't perfect at first but by the time I'd made the same dish once, the second time, it was better but third time's a charm! I was so proud of myself. My mom would come home tired and as soon as I got home from school, I hustled to the kitchen, cut up, clean a whole chicken, season with herbs and spices, roast or fry it, make mashed potatoes, or pasta, or meatloaf, or Salisbury steak with gravy, chicken fried steak and sometimes experiment with dishes from Julia Childs or The Galloping Gourmet, Graham Kerr. My favorite was Julia's Tarragon Creamed Chicken. When I sat the serving dish filled of my prized meal on the table with rice and green beans, my dad's eyes popped and my mom gasped with her hands folded and smiling as if the chef at the country club she often worked had served her a gourmet meal personally. I was beaming with pride! The inspiration of my life! Especially when your parents are proud of you. I wanted to do even better. So every day, I rush home from school to cook. In the summer months, my sister and I stayed in the house while mom and dad worked and I would watch Julia Childs and a Philadelphia chef show (which I can't recall her name at the moment). Baking came later in my life. Around 18 years old. I still loved to cook but I was looking to expand my horizons. No one that I could recall made cookies in my family. Cakes and pies the usual special occasion treat. But cookies were store bought. Except for the little white-haired lady that lived next door to us, she made molasses cookies and sent them over to us sometimes; even scorched on the bottom but we devoured them regardless. That could have been my inspiration. I'm not quite sure but I've been making cookies from scratch for more than 30 years now. At the start, I used my family as the testers. Later I expanded to testing new cookie recipes with my co-workers and a community restaurant with rave reviews!
It's been a joy and a blessing to be able to share my love of cookie making with many. And it's my goal that everyone who experiences my cookies and the love that I put into making them to enjoy them at the freshest! My Signature cookie The Ultimate Oatmeal Cookie have been in high demand for several years. It's a comeback story. They are a featured highlight the month of November for Thanksgiving. I'm expanding to 4 additional cookie options for Christmas. They have a perfectly delicious story of their own. A wonderful holiday treat - One word: YUMMY!