We are two roundish women in our seventies who have a combined total of 128 years of home baking and cooking experience. We have always felt comfortable in the kitchen because we learned to bake and cook at a very early age. Our mother, Dorothy, was an inspired home baker and cook, and the recipes she prepared when we lived on Sea Foam Avenue, in Winthrop, Massachusetts, more than 70 years ago are still memorable. We still re-live the glories of the cakes, cookies, breads, pies, tarts, pastries, and desserts that came out of that sunny home kitchen to honor and nurture family and friends.
Sometimes, it doesn’t seem so long ago that we were two hopeful young girls walking the sands of Winthrop Beach, sharing our dreams of the cakes, cookies, breads, and pies we looked forward to baking for family and friends.
We think that there is nothing more comforting than taking a loaf of Honey Molasses Bread or a Whole Wheat Soda Bread with Raisins, hot and fragrant from the oven. We believe that a cookie is like a secret kiss between the giver and the recipient, and that chocolate is a necessary indulgence. Because of this, we are on a mission to bring old-fashioned American home baking back to everyone’s kitchen.
Both of us have always felt comfortable in the kitchen because we first learned the basic kitchen skills from our mother. When we could barely reach the kitchen table, we were already turning scraps of dough into miniature braided challahs, and jam tarts, lovingly brushed with an egg glaze to make them shiny.