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Making my first cookie

Carma making her first cookie

Carma Spence began her love affair with the kitchen before the age of 5. She baked her first cookie — a sugar cookie with M&Ms on it — when she was three and a half years old. To this day, she can still remember the sugary, bready taste.

Carma has been baking and cooking most of her life. Her maternal grandmother was a source of much inspiration as she was growing up — she was a sublime cook. And now that her grandmother’s gone, she feels like when she’s in the kitchen, she’s channeling her grandmother’s energy.

Yes, sometimes she’s something of a lazy cook — she doesn’t like to put too much work into making a spectacular meal. But then, sometimes she’s not lazy at all. For example, she once made Naan from scratch (but never again). Her arms ached for days! That said, Carma will put the extra work into making a Büche de Noel because it is so worth it.

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Carma’s grandmother in the kitchen

Carma is also a tinkerer — it is a rare recipe that leaves her kitchen prepared exactly as instructed. She just can’t help herself. She will leave out ingredients she doesn’t like (bell pepper and eggplant top the list) and often feels that recipes just don’t call for enough garlic, so she’ll add a clove or four.

Carma has a passion for food that tastes good. She just can’t stomach a mediocre cookie, when a darn good one is so easy to make. Life is just too short for mediocre food.

Carma Spence
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