I am an avid baker who used to own her own espresso bar and did some of the scratch baking there. I am a self confessed foodie, as are my siblings and parents. I love trying new recipes, tweaking old ones, dining out, and reading about food. I love this website and have found many great recipes here. I love all things coffee and chocolate: the stronger the flavor, the better. Discovered I love broccoli as a teenager when I first tried it in Chinese food and it was crisp tender instead of mushy. I love cheese, wine, and pastry, not necessarily in that order.