Jane

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Gender Female
Occupation Full-time mom, part-time culinary student in the baking and pastry arts, former reference book editor
Location Metro Detroit, Michigan, United States
Introduction I'm a mom with two great sons (one in high school and one in college), and a really nice husband. I left a long editorial career in reference publishing a few years ago and I've had nary a regret. I recently finished (after four part-time years!) a Baking & Pastry Arts Certificate program in the Culinary Studies Institute at a local community college. It was a lot of fun, a lot of work, and I am so glad I did it. These days, I do freelance editorial work, something that I also really enjoy. "Jane's Sweets" was the name of a very small baking enterprise that I started in late 2007. It bloomed a bit, for a little while, with encouragement from my husband, my aunt, and my first cake decorating teacher, Cindy. Because my Aunt Lydia was my most ardent female supporter in this baking endeavor (she was a lifelong independent business owner herself), this blog is dedicated to her memory. If heaven is real, then I know she's there with my mom, baking up a storm. Like Lydia said one day, just before her 80th birthday, while she and my mom and I were baking in my mom's kitchen, "It's been a fun ride. I'd do it all over again!"
Interests Reading, baking, cake & cookie decorating, food photography, walking, gardening, freelance editing, spending time with my husband and sons.
Favorite Movies Pollock, Big Night, Diner, Toast, The Great Gatsby, old Elizabeth Taylor movies, any of director Douglas Sirk's best movies, anything by Woody Allen, most of the Merchant Ivory films, any good drama with Meryl Streep or Robert DeNiro in it, all the Godfather films . . .
Favorite Music Joni Mitchell, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Duke Ellington, Stan Getz, lots of others. . .
Favorite Books Cookbooks (baking related), 20th century poetry (primarily American), biographies of writers and of 20th century artists, classic novels