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“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking, you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” - Julia Child, chef and writer

Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes. - John Dewey, educator and philosopher


I first started this blog a few years ago when I came across a group of San Francisco food bloggers and the first SF Food Bloggers Bake Sale to raise money for Share Our Strength.

Both writing and cooking can be transformative--the best kind of chemistry and physics that molds raw materials--be they words, images, baking soda, or eggs--into creations that entice or repel, excite or satisfy (metaphorically and otherwise).

Over time, I have found that my attention and my time has become fractured between many different things. So you will see entries on food, of course, but also my thoughts about teaching and (gasp!) exercise.

When is a teacher, the idea of your work day starting at 8 and ending at 5 is a foreign concept. The life of teaching has permeable edges, where things like paper grading or lesson preparation bleed into tv time, where you feel odd to be sitting on the couch without a red pen and a stapler. While I don't have the attention and the time to blog consistently (in the way that all those teachers who Pin and create magnificent lessons for TeachersPayTeachers and the like do), it's too much of who I am to not have it come up.

An additional excitement is that, for the past 7 months, I have been a member of Weight Watchers. So my previous "eat ALL the things!" feelings have turned more towards making healthier, mindful choices... and still getting my dessert-like omnoms when I can.

So welcome to my blog! I hope you enjoy your stay here :) The title of my blog comes from the song, "If I Knew You Were Coming, I'd Have Baked a Cake"--the most commonly known version was first sung by Eileen Barton in 1950 (a wee bit before my time). Feel free to listen to it here.