Guess who is back!?!?! You got it. SIMPLY DELISH!
I have missed blogging so much. I really enjoy sharing my family recipes with all of you. It has been a whirl wind year and one that was full of awesome yet busy projects. So grab your coffee, tea or soda and let's catch up!
If you have been following us on facebook at Simply Delish you will know that I have been spending my days and more often than not, my nights in the kitchen. It's where I long to be. Mixing, sifting, measuring, pouring, cracking, baking and tending over the goodies which fill my oven.
Some of you know that I have just finished my second cookbook. I started making my own cookbooks a couple of years ago. You see, when I was little I spent a lot of time with my mom and my grandmother. If you have read past blogs you will have already met my grandmother throughout my stories. If you haven't yet heard about these amazing women, I will share with you a little bit.
My grandmother owned and operated her own cafe (but it was a full blown restaurant for most of her adult life. Her and my grandfather Paul used to work side by side, and when I say this, I mean grandpa was at grandma's beck and call) for years and years. And she continued to run it long after he passed away from Alzheimer's.
Anywho..My mom and dad used to spend many weekends up there refurbishing old homes and spending time with grandma. Sometimes I would go with my parents and help with the construction...but I loved it when they left me with grandma. She always put me to work and I used to dream that this was my very own cafe. I learned a lot from her. My mom was an avid baker. She too, taught me so much about cooking and baking.
My mom passed away when I had just turned 16. I found myself growing up wondering how to make the recipes that she had yet to teach me. I read cookbooks, watched cooking shows, took a couple cooking courses and slowly over time, taught myself more. Still to this day, I am learning more, practicing new techniques, trying new recipes and inventing my own.
This is where my cookbooks come in!
Both of my boys love to eat. And they love to cook! I love that they are always asking me to show them how to cook something or calling asking me how to make this or that. They grew up in the kitchen with me. I always included them in whatever I was baking or cooking. Steven, enjoyed it so much, when he was little we got him one of those fisher price kitchens. And it was so much fun watching him "cook" things for us to sample :)
I remember thinking.. I wish my mom had made a cookbook! Or even my grandmother! I mean I have a box of old recipes but that isn't no cookbook! Its an OCD nightmare is what it is! And some of the recipe cards are more like notes. With no real measurements just a list of ingredients and a couple lines of reminders.
So I took to making a cookbook. Mass produced? No. But several family members have a copy of it. And my boys are always saying "This is so good mom, this recipe is in my cook book yes?" So ...Simply Delish (Cookbook #1) was created.
It features 100 recipes that my boys love and have grown up enjoying. Ok..there is some fish recipes in there that are not on their top 100 list :) but hey.. their future wife might like fish!
Cookbook #2 should be here any day. It's called Simply Scrumptious and features another 100 recipes. I have a third book that I am working on.. and a fourth already named and waiting patiently for me to hustle up. As long as new recipes come to me, recipe books will still be made!
I've had many friends who have asked me for a copy. Just because the name is called Simply Delish, doesn't mean that all 100 recipes are Simply Delish Bakery recipes. (However, there are some of those in the ones for my kids)
Since I own and operate Simply Delish Bakery as a business selling yummy bakery items to my sweet clients, I would not include those recipes in a cookbook for my friends and clients to buy. :( That would be like handing out the combination to the vault! :)
Those who know me know that I don't just bake sweets. I'm a savory lover too! Rarely do I cook from a box. And those recipes....I am willing to share with anyone who wants them! I'd be happy to make a cookbook for you out of those recipes. But then you would have to purchase the cookbook at $35.00. (Which is still a great price considering that they are hard cover and include photos of the dishes) or I can post in my blog all of the savory (and some sweets) here for you for free. All you have to do is copy/ paste and print them out for your recipe. I will never remove this blog so feel free to come on back as often as you'd like!
Share with your family! Share with your friends!
Now... let's get started!