Hi, I’m Taylor.
I live in Ann Arbor, Michigan but have a lot of pride in my home state of Minnesota. I graduated from Macalester College in May of 2012 with a degree in studio arts and educational studies – but I am currently a pastry chef.
I have a bakery startup (also called Oh Dear Bakery), I cater small events and have a stand at the Kerrytown Wednesday night Farmers’ Market in Ann Arbor. Soon, I’ll start baking at a vegan restaurant called The Lunch Room, they plan to open in early July.
Believe it or not, I use both my college majors constantly. My aesthetic comes through all the time in my baking – I love rustic looking products, especially when photographed in modern ways. And although I appreciate detailed decoration, it is very unlikely that you’ll see me using royal icing to make intricate patterns on a cookie, for example, it just isn’t me. Taste is most important, beauty should come naturally with technique and flavor.
The educational studies degree takes most of its shape in this blog. My interest in teaching is probably what inspires me to share interesting facts or history about a recipe. And my knowledge about how people learn motivates me to take pictures throughout the entire process of a recipe – I am a very visual learner and always appreciate extra photos.
I believe educating others about food, cooking and baking is in my future, although I’m not quite positive about what form it will take yet. Writing a cookbook would be an amazing experience. Owning a bakery and teaching classes sounds perfect. Working for a farm and food nonprofit could be a wonderful opportunity. I am really ready for anything, as long as food is involved.