On Baking


We received the beautiful, ubiquitous KitchenAid Stand Mixer as a wedding gift and it stood collecting dust for our first five years of marriage. I finally unearthed it from the depths of our kitchen cabinets to bake a cake - from scratch - on New Year’s Eve. My mom usually baked from a box, and I have to say there’s nothing quite like a yellow cake mix with chocolate frosting. But because of that, I’d never really tried anything baked from scratch. 

On New Year’s Eve I found myself a bit restless and in need of something to do with my hands, to quiet my mind. Does that ever happen to you? So, I made this olive oil cake, topped with a beautiful tangerine marmalade, from one of the first cookbooks we received after getting engaged (recipe here). It looked gorgeous and was quite good (even better with coffee the next day). For New Year’s Day, I even tried my hand at biscuits (recipe here) from Julia Turshen’s Small Victories. A few weeks later, I made Ina Garten’s chocolate peanut butter globs (recipe here) to rave reviews.

So now, I’m realizing that maybe I’m a baker. It’s funny when you try something you’d always thought you wouldn’t be successful at - and it made me think of how for years I never considered myself a runner despite consistently running 3-4 times per week. 

Up next: Alison Roman’s Salted Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies (aka "The Cookies" of Instagram fame) and Valleybrink Road’s One Bowl Banana Bread (I love her recipes). Oh, and trying more new things.

Top Image / Second Image: Kirby Brooks Todd