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18 January, 2011

Baking with Betty

I grew up in a house where food = love.  Both of my parents cook.  My paternal grandfather was an incredible Italian cook, and even owned two restaurants. My maternal grandfather is also an incredible cook specializing in Mid-Western fare, family favorites, and Southern Living delights.  Everything I know about cooking I've learned from my grandparents and by helping my parents.  With four kids, my mom always utilized us to help cook and bake.

For my 4th grade birthday I received my most prized possession: A cookie scoop.  My grandfather gave it to me because he said my cookies were the best.  He even labeled it "Elizabeth's Fabulously Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies"  One of the chefs at the family restaurant bought me a restaurant grade cookie sheet when I was in junior high, with the agreement I'd have to make him an occasional double batch. And for my 21st birthday I wanted nothing more than a quality blender and a Kitchen-Aid stand mixer.

I don't really have a speciality niche yet, but I am working on it.  Lately I've been focused on desserts and baking.  Really, just learning the science and chemistry behind ingredients.  The more I broaden my horizons the more I learn.  My dad has been critical in passing on his dad's recipes as well as many of his own tricks of the trade.  Eric and I have also been learning how to cook healthy and whole foods.   Sometimes I turn to cookbooks and cooking websites to help me expand my knowledge of how to prepare them and how to add a little more pizazz.

Homemade Week Personal Challenge, April 2010: Day 2 - Day 3 - Day 4

Baking with Betty is a blog segment for me to share my latest favorites or my most requested recipes.  We hope you enjoy them just as much as we do. 

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