Monday, March 22, 2010

The Happy Baker

Any one that knows me can tell you that I like to cook/bake and I'm constantly reading, clipping and trying out new recipes. I read cookbooks like novels and would put myself in the category of a "foodie". I love to eat! (Have you seen my hips and thighs. They were inherited from my mother. God Bless her!!) A few weeks back, the Ottawa Citizen ran an article about "The Happy Baker", Erin Bolger. What caught my attention was, 1) she's orginally from Blyth, Ontario (I actually know where Blyth is since its not far from where I grew up) 2) she wrote a cookbook that is a collection of recipes and matched them with her own personal dating memories (I can add a few disastrous dating stories myself!) 3) she also appeared on "Dragon's Den" to promote her cookbook and hopefully get one of the Dragons to invest in her quest to sell 300,000 copies across Canada (I am addicted to "Dragon's Den". It gives me palpitations when I see an entrepreneur making a pitch to the Dragons' whether good or bad, followed by a typical "below the investment belt" comment by Kevin O'Leary. I'm pretty sure that his bark is worse than his bite.) So, when the Dragon's told her that her numbers were a bit high, I thought, "Oh yes she will". (I love it when people tell you that you can't do something. It just gives me even more determination and courage to prove them wrong). I went out and purchased a copy to support her and now I'm blogging about her to promote her. It took me two evenings and lots of salivating to get through her cookbook. Her dating stories are fun and the photography is uniquely done for each of the recipes. Who cannot resist "Me and My Cookies are So Over You", "My Mom Didn't Like You Anyway Cupcake" and my favorite "I Forgot to Mention I was Married Blueberry Cheesecake". The recipes are easy to make and are tried, tested and true. Many where passed down Grandmas, Aunts and Great Aunts (Now you know that any recipe that a family member gave you is going to be a family favorite). As well, this cookbook would also make a perfect gift for a girlfriend who is going through a few dating dilemmas herself since it also serves as a dating guide and baking 101 all at the same time. You can read more about her at

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