Five years ago, I opened the door of Bisousweet, and eventually my heart, to this amazing woman - Linda. Our original plan was to start off slowly, to see how it would go. For me, that meant tip toeing. Linda was, not surprisingly to anyone who knows her, the complete opposite. She had ideas. … [Read more...] about 5 years & counting
Hello friends - I've been thinking about you & wanted to write a quick update before the holiday weekend. It's been quite a summer. Between baking doughnut muffins, linzer hearts, our Grab & Go cookies and tons of biscotti, the bakery has been humming at a new pace. My summer ritual of … [Read more...] about Summer Reflections
My career as a pastry chef has given me the opportunity to examine my purpose. In 1994, when I walked through the door that opened up to the small pastry room, I felt like I had come home. My purpose was instinctively clear: Learn. Create. Bake. Rejoice. Repeat. 25 years later, I am deeply … [Read more...] about Purpose
When I looked at my calendar a couple of weeks ago and realized my mother's 80th birthday fell on the same day as Father's Day, I wondered how to honor both events in my blog. I considered writing an early Father's Day post so that I could give Marge center stage on her birthday. However, the more I … [Read more...] about For these two…
A couple of weeks ago, I did an in-store demo in New Jersey. I love doing demos because it's an opportunity to leave the bakery, go for a road trip and meet new people. I never quite know what to expect and have experienced a wide range of interactions, almost all positive. Every exchange teaches me … [Read more...] about what are you?
Owning a business requires a lot of grit. There's no way around it. And when you're a solo owner, the grit-requirement factor increases by a math equation I have yet to master. If only 'remembering phone numbers' counted as math. I'd be golden. That's about as far as my math skills go. Or more … [Read more...] about grit