Joseph & KristenI work full time in an office, but my dreams lie in the kitchen. I’ve loved to bake since I was a very little girl. My grandmother taught me how to make a pie crust when I was little and I have baked an apple pie every Thanksgiving since. When my mom had guests over for dinner I begged to make the dessert. I baked when I was stressed, I baked when I was happy. I certainly have a sweet tooth (it doesn’t matter how full I am, I can always eat dessert), but I also really like making other people happy. Because sweetness = happiness for me, I always assume that that equation works for everyone else.

If I could have a job baking Mon.-Fri. 9-5 with benefits, I would do it.  Unfortunately, I’ve found that bakeries generally don’t work that way. I took a pastry course at L’Academie de Cuisine in 2006 and during that time I took on a weekend job working at Cake Love in DC. I was seriously contemplating a career change, but couldn’t get over the hours and the low pay and I quit, resigning myself to a life sitting at a desk. I now bake when I can on the weekends and weeknights, but have to moderate myself because I really would sit down and eat a cake by myself if left alone with it. Luckily my husband, Joseph, who has studied nutrition extensively at Tufts University while he works on his PhD on food and nutrition policy, helps keep me in check. I originally started this blog thinking I would primarily be sharing my baking exploits, but before I knew it, I had more posts about dinner than dessert. I just can’t bake that much because I would eat it all!

Joseph has been an invaluable asset to Pixelated Crumb in many, many ways. When it comes to the savory side of the kitchen, 9 times out of 10 he’s the executive chef and I’m the sous chef. He is an amazing cook and is always willing to try new things and has an incredible talent for improvising and improving on recipes. His love of photography is equal to mine and he has helped with many of the photos you see on the blog. He is incredibly patient and has stood by me, trying to get the best shot, while our dinner grows cold. More than anything, he is my biggest cheerleader and is always inspiring me to do more both in and out of the kitchen.

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