Up until right after my college graduation, I had never picked up a whisk or a rubber scraper. It took two poets to get me to start baking: Emily Dickinson and my poetry professor, who had introduced me to the fact that both hers and Emily’s other art was baking. One time, my professor baked Ms. Dickinson’s famous “Cocoanut Cake” for all of us, and I took one good look at the recipe (which she also handed out to the class) and thought, Maybe baking is easier than I thought.

After graduation, I moved back in with my parents and started baking. My first experiment was the coconut cake–which is why it is my background image–and I fell in love with this creation. For a while, since I was just a beginner, I only stuck to coconut cake. Then, I moved on to cornbread, because my dad loves it. Eventually, he got sick of it because I kept making it. Once he got bored with it, the cornbread became a once-in-a-while thing.

Once I got more confident with my baking, I started experimenting with my own crazy ideas. One time, while I was baking cornbread, I noticed that nobody was eating the bananas that were laying around the kitchen, so I took one, mashed it, and left a small chunk of the surprise in each muffin. The feedback I got was the good kind of surprise, especially since these people had already tried my regular cornbread muffins and I didn’t say a word to them about the secret center.

Ever since I started baking, I’ve been more interested in the culinary arts, especially regular cooking. Now, I’ve created my own collection of recipes; my own personal cookbook, so I get them all from one place. Of course, since there are millions of dishes out there and probably hundreds of variations behind each recipe, I’ll never be able to put every single one in there, but the collection is definitely worth having!

Now, with my personal, yet humorous take on cooking, I think you will find that there is still a lot to learn about the culinary arts, even if you are a professional chef on “The Food Network”. Feel free to read, comment, laugh at, and laugh with me, on my adventure around the kitchen! This is gonna be fun!

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