I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Anne Marie and I am a pastry chef and general food-lover. From a very early age, I have always loved to cook. Whether it was playing with an easy bake oven as a child, or baking cookies in college to take a break from studying, I have always felt alive in the kitchen. Although I believed my love of baking would simply be a hobby, the more I thought about it, the more I realized food was a true passion. So after a lot of though and a bit of faith, I took a deep breath and moved across country to enroll as a pastry student at the Culinary Institute of America. That time in Napa (I was lucky enough to enroll in a program offered in the CIA’s satellite campus in the Napa Valley – I know, I have a tough life) was a true gift. I was able to concentrate on my passion all day every day, surrounded by people who shared my love of food. Not only did I learn all the ins and outs of baking and pastry arts, but I learned about wine, farm markets, and agriculture. I was immersed in a food community and happy to say that I soaked it up every minute. Playing in wine country inevitably had to come to an end and so I moved back to the East Coast to start my career.
My husband and I found ourselves in Connecticut and most recently I have been working for a small Kosher grocery store, The Crown Market, in West Hartford. Offering the general grocery store baking fare, the store hired me to roll out a new line of gourmet product. The job has been a great opportunity to challenge myself and allow my creativity to take flight. One of the things that has always attracted me to food is the artistry of it all. I completely believe that we all eat with our eyes and nose before the food ever hits our tongue. I look at a plate (and now a showcase) as a blank canvas and know the possibilities are endless.
A couple of things you should know about this blog. Even though I am a pastry chef, this is a general food blog, geared most specifically to my personal food experiences living in central Connecticut. I plan on sharing my cooking experiences, especially my new efforts to cook with more thought and concern (and I have to admit concern for my pocketbook as well). Along with recipes, I’ll post restaurant reviews, wine notes, meal planning ideas, seasonal cooking tips, and anything that tickles my food fancy.
I hope you enjoy.