Hi, I’m Amy! I’m a California girl, currently living in San Diego but originally born and raised in the suburbs of San Francisco by two loving, patient, and incredibly supportive parents. I have one brother, the sweetest and smartest sibling I could ever ask for, and an adorable little dog who keeps me company and oversees everything I do in the kitchen.
I started baking at a fairly young age — just three years old! That Christmas, Santa surprised me with a play kitchen, complete with an oven, cake pans, and spatulas. I quickly fell in love with making imaginary desserts, which my parents always sampled and proclaimed to be “the best!”
As I grew older, I often asked to help when I spotted one of them baking in the “real” kitchen, everything from chocolate chip cookies and fudgy brownies to banana muffins and Dad’s special whole wheat bread rolls for Thanksgiving. At seven, I prepared my first recipe all by myself (strawberry surprise muffins!), although I had to ask Mom for help with the oven… And by the time I reached high school, I had added “work in a bakery” to my bucket list. (It’s still hanging on the back of my childhood bedroom door!)
However, after enrolling at UC Davis, I switched to studying Organic Chemistry and planned on a lifetime career in the Pharmaceutical Industry. But one day while standing in front of a glass beaker, buttoned up in a long white lab coat, bright purple nitrile gloves, and safety glasses during graduate school, I realized that I much preferred experimenting with edible “reactions” in my kitchen at home. That “Aha!” moment motivated me to make blogging my full-time job instead, and here I am!
When I’m not baking or scrubbing mountains of dishes, I love weight training (it helps counteract all of the recipe testing and keeps me sane!), walking, yoga, and meditation. I’m a huge sports fanatic, and I almost always turn on the TV to watch a game — yes, even over the Food Network! I inherited that passion from my dad, especially for baseball, and we’re working on going to all 30 MLB stadiums together. So far, we’re up to 23!