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I love cooking, especially baking elaborate desserts. My most used cookbook (other than this one!) is the Joy of Cooking; I find that it's great for demistifying seemingly tricky things. It has given me the confidence to try lots of interesting new things in my kitchen.
Outside of the kitchen, my passion is animals. My husband and I have one American Bulldog, a cat, and 3 skinny pigs (hairless guinea pigs). They are also my lifes work: I am a professional pet groomer and reiki practitioner. I own a Pet Spa, so if you live near me and have pets that need grooming or just plain pampering, by all means drop me a line. I have been raising, training, and showing dogs since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, and I've got the pictures to prove it. :-)
One of my favourite things to do is create special desserts for my friends and family on birthdays and other special occaisions. This started out innocently enough as a simple way for me to gift my loved ones, but it has caught on and now some people have started issuing requests for theirs. 4 Chocolate Cheesecake, Sour Cream Raisin Pie, Lemon-Ginger Cheesecake, and Kirsch-splashed Checkerboard Cake are some of the most requested goodies.