Ever since I learned how to bake in my 7th grade Home Economics class at Benjamin Franklin Intermediate, I have been in love with baking. Maybe I just like mixing and combining things. I'm a strange person. When I was a child, I would take my mom's face creams, lotions, and make up and mix all of them together. In my college chemistry courses, I would love mixing the chemicals and seeing what products is left after following equations and combining elements.
It's the same with baking. It IS a science. You cannot just mix everything to together and hope for the best. As opposed to cooking where it's possible to fix something, baking kind of gives me commitment issues that has me thinking, "should I put it in the oven now?" or "was that too much baking soda?" or "did I put enough coloring?" or "did I leave it in the oven too long?" That wondering, and oftentimes fear, gives me the chills...and a great thrill.
When I was in my senior year of high school, I enrolled myself in Foods Class. For some reason, I found myself in the advanced class - I don't know how I got there. Thankfully, this advanced class gave me the opportunity to learn how to bake and decorate cakes, build menues, and learn lay out and design. I could not wait for my 4th period class to come!
Since then, I have had "phases" from cookies to cupcakes and currently to layered cakes. Lately, I find myself enthralled reading other bloggers' posts and getting inspired to create new recipes or trying out new methods. I hope to bake croissants, pastries, and breads in the near future! I also love baking for people, so I have made goodies for birthdays and other special occassions for my family and friends. My ultimate dream in life is to own a dessert parlor. Dreaming of it gives me the giggles. *praying*
EDIT: 10/17/2012 - I just started a new blog solely for my homemade macarons: "Mahal to the Macs"
For the time being, you just have to put up with my picture uploads on Instagram. =) To see what I'm baking AND cooking up, find me under hashtag #JoBostonsKitchen!