OSI: Michelle from Bake-En

Meet Michelle from Bake-En hosting the Dimply Plum cake this week. Enjoy the read!

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1. When did you start baking?
Funny because I know the exact age, at seven-years-old. When I was super young I would always bother my mom to let me bake, and she would say “you have to wait until your seven.” I bet you can guess what I did on my seventh birthday :)

2. Do you have a favorite baking memory?
Helping my mom make gingerbread men for the annual christmas fair my catholic school had. She would make over 20 dozen every year! Lots of dough, frosting and fun decorating.

3. Who is your TWD blog idol?
Every week I’m inspired by someone new.

4. What has been your favorite TWD recipe so far?
I loved the Snickery Squares. Also, we haven’t made it yet on TWD, but I love the perfect party cake recipe.

5. What recipe are you dying to make that no one has picked yet?
Cottage Cheese Pufflets

6. What 2 questions would you ask Dorie if you ever met her?
How did you create such an amazing lifestyle for yourself (living in the US and Paris and baking all the time)? What culinary professional do you feel you’ve learned the most from?

7. Share one food item that best describes the last year of your life. (example: “frozen pizza” because I did a 180-degree turn this year, or “cinnamon roll” because it had lots of twists and turns but overall was pretty sweet).
I would say a good loaf of bread. We started off with a cross country move this past year. We had very little money (and household items), but after a lot of work (kneeding) and time (proofing) and the summer to get us out of our winter blues (heat); we have a very nice full life :)

8. What one item in the kitchen best describes you and your personality?
My kitchenaid. It’s a workhorse, and I am too.

9. What’s your favorite band or CD of all time?
I love Pearl Jam and anything Eddie Vedder releases.

10. If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
I would live in Paris. Everything about Parisian culture appeals to me. Also, I think of Paris as a hub to the rest of Europe, so it would make traveling to other amazing European cities easy.

11. Complete the statement “I recommend…” (it can be a show, movie, book, restaurant, website, activity, etc.)
I recommend watching 30 Rock if you need a good laugh.

12. If you knew could you try anything and not fail (and money was no object), what dream would you attempt?
I would travel the globe with Joe. I would bake with the best bakers and he would work with the best wine makers. Once home (wherever that ends up) we would apply what we’ve learned and open my bakery and Joe would have a winery.

13. What super-power would you most like to have, and why?
I wish unlimited energy was a super power because I could use that after all the 15 hour days I put in at the bakery :)

14. If you had 1 hour of free time, no distractions, what would you do?
Go to a bookstore.

15. What is the meal and dessert you would choose as your very last?
Joe’s pasta sauce, a very good bottle of wine and a chocolate cupcake filled with a peanut butter mouse and topped with a chocolate ganache.

16. What is the “strangest” food you ever ate?
Ostrich egg (see my post), and Llama.

17. What are three adjectives that describe you?
Determined, hard-working and funny (at least I think so :)

18. What is your favorite thing about yourself?
My drive. I work very hard to accomplish my goals.

19. Have you ever met a famous person? who?
Yes, I’ve met Nick Malgieri (cookbook writer), Harold McGee, Alice Waters, Patricia Wells. I worked for Thomas Keller at Bouchon Bakery. I also met Henry Winkler (the Fonz) once :)

20. What’s your favorite spice?
Zataar

21. Do you speak another language? (If yes, say something and translate)
Je parle francais. I speak french (just a little though).

22. Do you have any pets? (List what kind of pet, names etc)
I wish. I want a dog, but my work schedule doesn’t allow it right now.

23. Are you a ‘morning’ or ‘night’ person?
Getting up at 3:30 AM, you have to be a morning person :)

24. What was the last book you read?
Basketball Diaries. Right now I’m reading the Troubadours Song, it’s kind of boring, but that’s good because it helps put me to sleep.

25. “2 Truths And a Lie” – Share 3 unique things about yourself and your life, 2 of them true, 1 false, and let the group guess which one isn’t true.

1. I eat peanut butter by the spoonful from the jar.
2. I once worked as a dishwasher at a convent.
3. I edit cookbooks in my spare time.

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PS. Claudia, I never got your OSI from last week. Please email me if you want to be featured and I’ll do an OSI:Rewind for you.

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7 thoughts on “OSI: Michelle from Bake-En

  1. Very fun to get to know you better! Talk about an all-star list of folks you’ve met – very cool. I am going to guess the convent is false since pb was involved in your last meal and I think it would be cool if you edit cookbooks. ;)

  2. Editing cookbooks? Like you sit in your living room with a pencil and a pile of your cookbooks and look for grammar mistakes? Because I do that too!

    Oh, wait. Like professionally, before they’re published…? Well, I don’t do that.

    Your celebrity lists is pretty awesome. :)

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