As I've been running this blog for about six months, I think it's finally time to write a slightly lengthier "about me" description!
I'm (still) a 26 year old attorney in Manhattan, and I suppose I can now call myself a fairly decent cook (as well as an enthusiasticÂ farmer's market groupie, and a delightful dinner-party host, if I do say so myself!).
Why did I learn to cook, being already a) busy as anything, and b) surrounded by amazing restaurants in New York City?Â It was certainly not an impulse I'd harbored for the early part of my life -- I was never a child who helped in the kitchen, preferring to spend my holidays lounging lazily on the couch or in front of the computer, rather than risk the hectic and frantic turkey-roasting or apple-pie-decorating that others in my family enjoyed so much.Â But as I got older, I realized that it's possible to cook the same way that I do most other things, in a relaxed, straightforward, non-frantic, and utterly enjoyable way.
It did not come easy.Â For my first dinner party, I served frozen veggie burgers on storebought english muffins, with salad from a bag and dressing from a bottle.Â And my guests sat around forÂ half an hour before I realized I'd accidentally cut off the air supply to the grill, extinguishing the heat (whoops).Â But, despite the mistakes, despite the humble (ok, pathetic) food, it was a great night.
So I tried again.Â And again, and again, and again.Â Sometimes with spectacular failures, but more and more with tasty and memorable successes.Â And after each cooking, baking, or new ingredient discovery, I flooded my poor family and friends' email-boxes with photos of myÂ creations.Â
And then, one weekend, IÂ thought, why not start a blog?Â Â I was already geting most of my recipes from other cooking blogs, why not add my own contributions to the mix?Â And out of that whim, sugarlaws was born.
I have now posted over a hundred recipes, and a good portion of my nights, weekends, gym time, and lying-in-bed-trying-to-fall-asleep time is suddenly filled with imagining new recipes, or thinking of twists forÂ classic dishes, or listing the traditionally "challenging" recipes that I can't wait to try!Â
More than I ever imagined before starting this little blog, it has become my favorite hobby -- from the wonderful comments and helpful tipsÂ from those of you who read about what I've created, to the hair-pulling hours of attempting to format the backgrounds and layout of this site,Â and, above all, the countless afternoons and evenings in my little Manhattan kitchen, attempting to create dishes that are interesting, special, and above all, delicious.Â I am loving every moment of it.
So, if you have read this far, that's a little bit about me.Â Any more questions?Â Email meÂ -- I'm always thrilled to hear from you!Â Â