About Me & the Blog

Hey there!

Funny you’d even care to click on this page to get to know me! But since you’ve clicked, I’ll type away…

My name is Nell. I’m a busy student who is never tired of the great things that life has to offer. I am fond of most – if not all- aspects of the arts from independent movies to indie music to crazy recipes that I find online. However, I must admit that I am bias and enjoy recipes and good food the most, which is why Notebook Worthy will mostly contain recipes, restaurant reviews, and anything food related.

Why name the blog “Notebookworthy”?

Maybe you are thinking that I should have named it “Cookbook Worthy” or “Chef Worthy”, but I named this blog “Notebook Worthy” with the picture of a a old, worn notebook in my mind. I have such an enthusiastic love affair with food that I wanted to keep a written account of it like in a journal. Well, this blog is my written account, but it’s open to all you.

If you read my early posts, I wrote about a new beginning, feeling uncertain, and then finding my way. Well, from my rocky start, I have found a great passion of mine: food – baking in particular. As I add each ingredient to the bowl, I feel like I am a little closer to creating a masterpiece that I can later share with all my friends and family, which to me is the best part of baking besides the thrill of actually creating something amazing from individual ingredients. Being able to share with my family is my favorite part of baking.

My family: Auntie, Mom, Cousin, Uncle

You might be wondering, “What exactly got you into baking? Why’s (good) food so important in your life?”

Well, it all started with a simple gift from my uncle last December for Christmas. My uncle gave me a Breadman Pro bread machine. This handy machine about 12 inches tall, 4 inches wide, and 6 inches long got me started with my whole love affair. As I read the directions carefully about how to clean the machine, how to hook up the machine, and how to care for the machine, I finally got to the recipes that came with the instruction manual. I decided to make a simple white bread. I placed all the wet ingredients first and then the dry with the yeast at the very top. I closed the lid, pushed “start”, and let the BreadmanPro work it’s magic. Within about two hours, I had fresh, homemade bread. It had a light crust and a soft and fluffy center. I ate about 3 slices with a glass of milk. It was complete bliss. From then on, I was a changed person. Since that first loaf, I have traded my store-bought cookie dough and cake mixes for unbleached all-purpose flour, white granulated sugar, and active dry yeast. I call myself the Passionate Baker.

The Breadman Pro - a great breadmaker, in case you were wondering

As a student, I’m trying to decide what the best career path is best for me. I would like to become a bread baker or pastry chef, but I fear that I would not be able to “live off my bread alone”. However, I am very adamantly searching for a hybrid career path like Business Management with a Culinary focus. As of lately, I have become interested in science and am therefore considering a Bachelor’s in Food Science. I  simply refuse to give up my passion! As I continue to blog, I’ll be getting closer and closer to my deadline to decide…maybe by the end of the journey, I’ll figure out what I’m meant to be. (To be or not to be? That is the question).

Who or what are you inspired by?

Well, that’s an easy one. My family is number one. I have been blessed with the most supportive mother. She has constantly been at my side ever since I was little to encourage me to try different things in order to find my niche. Though she may not have actually given me the Breadman Pro, she is the one who tries everything I make (even the disastrous results); she is the one who waits patiently watching t.v. while I’m in the kitchen baking at night; she is the one who enrolled me in the Teen Baking Class at Sur La Table; she is the one who has encouraged me to follow my passion;she is the one who I can turn to when I am tired and my feet and back hurt from standing up so long. She has always been there.

Lucky for me, my mom has friends that care about me and my passion with baking. She tells me that she constantly talks about me and what I make to her co-workers and close friends. She often requests that I bake treats for her office when it is some one’s birthday or a holiday. So far, the most requested item from her co-workers is my biscotti that I get from the JoyofBaking site. (Highly recommended site by the way). Her friends aren’t just willing to be my testing guiena pigs, but they also donate things to help me keep up with the demands of my passion. For instance, her co-worker recently gave me a cookie press set for Christmas. It was totally unexpected on her part because we do not talk too much. However, seeing as she is my mom’s closest friend at the office, she was kind enough to buy me something baking related. Another close friend of my mom’s gave me possibly the best material gift of all: a red KitchenAid Pro Mixer 600. I can now make sponge cakes without fainting from exhaustion! These people and my friends, who also have gifted baking related items, are my supporters.

How to contact me:

As for you readers out there, I always love hearing from you! I encourage you to comment on posts or email me at nell.notebook@yahoo.com. Feel free to send me any pictures, suggestions, or questions that you might have. I promise that I will rely promptly. :)

So, whether you’re here just for the recipes or the funny stories, or you’re here for the long run to accompany me on my journey, I wish you happy reading. :)

Cupcake Apron

11 Responses to “About Me & the Blog”

  1. Mary March 5, 2010 at 4:17 pm #

    Nell – You have a wonderful blog and I’m looking forward to following it. Good luck with your baking – you seem like a pro already.

  2. MCF96 March 5, 2010 at 4:49 pm #

    Wow! I’m so impressed with your writing, ambition and love for cooking. It’s refreshing to come across a young person who’s interested in cooking, baking and has a passion for good food. Keep up the good work, I look forward to reading more.

    BTW, I found about your Blog via Peter’s introduction that he gave you at Omnivore Books today. Way to go!

  3. Carrie March 5, 2010 at 5:38 pm #

    Someone just tweeted about you so I took a look.
    You are an amazing young lady. I am moved at your passion for my passion.
    Keep writing and inspiring.

  4. Nell March 5, 2010 at 7:57 pm #

    Thank you for all of your words of encouragement! :)

    Baking has become a wonderful past-time of mine, and hopefully my future profession.

    Keep on reading for updates on my adventures and journey.

  5. geezi March 5, 2010 at 11:38 pm #

    Hi Nell,
    I got here from a 101cookbook tweet and it was amazing reading your blog. I love how honest your writing is and looking forward to make some of your recipes. Best of Luck!

  6. Aneesh March 6, 2010 at 8:52 am #

    Saw the RT from 101cookbook and I really enjoyed your post about meeting Peter Reinhart. Just started baking myself about six weeks ago and I’m obsessed. Check out smittenkitchen.com; I like the site quite a bit. Keep it going and I look forward to reading more of your posts!

  7. Miggy March 9, 2010 at 2:26 am #

    Nell – your writing is exquisite, and it drew me in instantly! I envy your passion for baking, and wish I was half as dedicated to something as much as you are. Your writings satiate people’s thirst for a good blog and your creations satisfy even the pickiest of stomachs! Don’t stop doing what you’re good at. :)

  8. Joan March 28, 2010 at 2:41 am #

    Nell, I found you by way of Peter’s blog and am so glad I did. You have a wonderful way with words and I love the photos of your food on your blog. I will continue to read about your cooking and baking adventures. I’ve just got addicted to baking breads and recently attend a Bread Festival and got to also attend a class there with Peter Reinhart. So interesting and what a friendly and inspiring man he is.

    • Nell March 28, 2010 at 9:53 pm #

      Thank you for the compliment. I just try to write as honest as I can, as if you were speaking to me. I’m sure you can tell, but I am fond of Peter Reinhart as well. Someday I hope to actually attend one of his classes. Until then, I will have fun with my crazy baking endeavors.

      Hope you enjoy the rest of my blog, and happy bread baking!

  9. Li April 21, 2010 at 3:07 pm #

    Nell –

    I am in awe and inspired by your passion for food, baking and writing. I can’t wait to see where your passion takes you in life.

    Keep up the great work!

  10. Barbara Button February 9, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

    Well, Nell..didn’t know you went by Nell, but it makes sense. I knew you were a cook/baker. Marvin told me so. He said he loved trying out your cooking. He was so proud of you. He said from the first time he met you, that you were smart, & had a bright future. That is a good idea, to combine your passion w/a solid education. You can run your own business, or be president of someone elses..all the while getting to bake, & have employees, clients, etc…get to know you through your food. Eating is ‘social’……….I will continue to follow your blog…Love, Barbara

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