Tuesday, April 10, 2012

To bake or not to bake?


Marblehead is a tiny town and everyone always seems to know who's doing what,  and where they're doing it. Am I right?  With all the permits being issued...a new candy store, a new bakery, another new bakery... how can you not wonder where all these calories will go? Hopefully to the right  bellies. Last year,  I sensed a need for baked goods in our sweet little town when a friend said, "you ought to hang out a shingle,  these cupcakes are the best I've ever had".  With that little pearl of wisdom, I started Maddie's Bake Loft.

Dont' be confused though, I don't bake at the other Maddie's,  I have my own residential/commercial kitchen and I'm loving it.  I've been baking and cooking since I was very young.  As a teen I always tried to reproduce the dishes and flavors I had elsewhere.  Experimenting with food and eating strange items for the first time is scary for most kids, but it never bothered me a bit.  I think my teenage girls, Izzy and Maddie, are much like me in the food column.  They've been eating eclectic food since they were babies.  It's really a challenge for me when they have friends over who only eat 2 things.  Really?  Your friends don't know what they missing.

 Early on I was eating raw oysters, escargot, balsamic vinegar, crabs, soft crabs, oyster stew, home grown tomatoes, home made egg noodles (pasta), fresh butchered hogs, pumpkin ice cream, smoked shellfish, clams, venison, and wild turkey.  I grew up in and around the waters of Annapolis, which of course is the Cheasapeak Bay and it's tributary rivers; the Magothy, Severn, South.  After reading Michener's novel of the same name, I thought I would never call anywhere else home.   I loved the water and I was centered on seafood in the summer.  My dad fished every week and we had rocks and blues;  smoked, steamed, grilled, baked, stewed, and fried!   I also loved cooking  for my family.


At the age of about about 13, my favorite quick recipes were;  blueberry muffins, chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, strawberry shortcake, coconut spice cake, raggedy robins, crab imperial, and spaghetti sauce.  If my mother didn't have all the ingredients, I would figure it out and concoct my own version. So, I guess I'm saying I'm not classically trained in any sense of the word.  Self-trained, I continue that quest every day of my life! I call Marblehead  home with just a bit of reluctance because there's no place like on earth like the Eastern Shore of Maryland - where the crabs are succulent, the tomatoes are sweet and the blackberries are as big as your thumb!

Junior Auction - Chocolate cupcake with almond butter cream - something pretty for Spring.

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