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Bake Through

I teach at Westchester Community College in NY. I just earned my PhD in May of 2009 in the field of psychology.

Now I get to say, no, not that kind of doctor, and no, not that kind of psychology. I studied patters of brain activity in normal and dyslexic readers for my dissertation, and now I teach general and developmental psych courses. I can’t help anybody with therapy or prescriptions.

I live in the lower Hudson Valley, in Peekskill NY with my husband. We are close enough to Manhattan for him to commute there to work every day, about an hour train ride. We love it here! That is, until we move to New Orleans. We love it there also and try to visit there at least once a year. We’re happier if we can get our NOLA fix more often than that.

How long have you been a Daring Baker/Daring Cook and what’s your favorite thing about being in the group(s) so far?

I joined the DB in December of hmm, it was the yule log that came after the potato bread, so was that 2007? I like trying the new recipes. I really enjoyed working through the challenges from the months before I joined with a small group of DBers. I find the enormous number of posts to be too much to try to get through. I just don’t want to spend that much time at the screen. I question why I am a member sometimes since it feels like I totally miss the whole community thing.

Reading any good books lately? Which ones?!

Yes! Kevin Baker’s Dreamland, Paradise Alley and Striver’s Row. Also, Richard Russo’s Bridge of Sighs.

Are you known for making a certain dish or dessert? If so, what is it?


Is there any recipe and/or technique that we haven’t covered yet that you’d really like to make/learn?

Despite all the groaning of some members about layer cakes and buttercreams, that’s what I’d like to do more of. Maybe petit fours (sp?) or something with mousse.

Do you have a favorite movie? Actor? Actress? Genre of music?

I really liked Barton Fink. That’s one I can watch again. Also, Caddyshack. I absolutely love blues and Zydeco.

Which season (Winter, Summer, Spring, Fall) is your favorite.. why?

Summer is the best. The darkness of winter is worse than the snow and cold. When I move to New Orleans, in addition to enjoying the milder temperatures and no snow, one of the things I will rejoice in is less variance in the daylight hours year round.

Other than cooking and/or baking.. what hobbies do you enjoy?

I love gardening and kayaking and cycling. I’m learning to play guitar. I like to do projects on our house: painting, etc.

You can visit Janet on her blog Bake Through

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Nice to meet you Janet!
I love your Chocolate Oblivion Cake from your blog, it’s beautiful!
You must teach me how to make that white chocolate thingy, pretty please. Big Grin

Nutmeg Nanny
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Hi Janet! Nice to meet you:) You do not live to far from me. I live in Poughkeepsie and actually work in Croton. Your blog is fantastic and your desserts are divine:)

Lisa Michele
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Great to learn more about you, Janet!

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Oh holy cow you guys! I didn’t know this was here. I have been sooooo lame with my blog lately too!! Aaargh!! One week to go and I will be finished with this terribly intense summer course I am teaching and I will be back to it!!

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