My culinary interest showed up at an early age. Along with my sister Mal and neighbor friend Gracie, we whiled away our pre-elementary days lugging water buckets from the hose to the big tree in front of Gracie's home...a key ingredient for preparing the best mud pies in the neighborhood! We dug the brown dirt from under the pear and apple trees in the backyard using kitchen spoons.
Most days that tree was covered as high as we could reach with little round mud splats drying in the sun.
When they were done "baking" we would carefully peel them off and present the best pies to our Moms...whom I am sure were just "delighted" to see their girls covered from head to toe in wet mud. Hopefully we gifted them with belly busting laughter after the initial drudgery of cleaning us up!
It all started there...in Canastota, NY making mud pies with friends. It continues today, where I find myself in the company of friends often, while making the cookies, cakes and other goodies we've enjoyed for so long now.
My culinary expertise was profoundly improved by the education I received from the CIA...The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park...to whom I hold great appreciation for the education, lessons in humility and friends I made while attending. Several years after graduating in 1985 I was introduced to Wilton Cake Decorating and I applied to become one of their instructors. I never took their classes nor made a rose from icing (marzipan, yes...frosting no way) They hired me anyway and from there the cake decorating world opened! More great friends and many belly busting laughs, all in good fun!
This new world of Wilton alongside my classical culinary arts training from the CIA gave me the confidence and expertise to create and offer so much to my customers.
I'm looking forward to creating something delicious for you, your friends and family soon!
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