I grew up with a fabulous cook for a mother, but she didn’t bake often. The two desserts that stand out in my memory are a dreamy lemon pavlova and an incredible baklava soaked with orange flower water infused syrup. Living in Ames, Iowa, the sweet, flaky baklava was very exotic, well, so was a pavlova!
Our kitchen was chock full of cookbooks and recipe cards. I discovered the red and white checked Better Homes and Gardens cookbook and set out making beginner desserts for our family. I was complimented and encouraged, and that’s where my love of baking blossomed. I’ll be sharing some of my family favorites and hope to inspire you to recreate them in your kitchen.