“I truly believe that desserts appeal to us as adults because of an association with a feeling of reward, perhaps from childhood, and the pleasures of a sense of indulgence and satisfaction.” –  Andrew MacLauchlan , author of  The Making of a Pastry Chef  and Executive Pastry Chef of Coyote Café

“I truly believe that desserts appeal to us as adults because of an association with a feeling of reward, perhaps from childhood, and the pleasures of a sense of indulgence and satisfaction.” – Andrew MacLauchlan, author of The Making of a Pastry Chef and Executive Pastry Chef of Coyote Café

UPDATE March 1, 2018:  Debbie is a Pampered Chef Consultant! She is patiently and eagerly awaiting her kit so she can play with new gadgets and craft delicious food. As she spoke of her new adventure and plans, it is plain to see that she is full of excitement and giddiness. A few things about Debbie:

  1. Even though she is a baker at heart, she also enjoys cooking. Last year for Christmas dinner with her family, she made Beef Wellington - a main course that she's made four times - yeah, who would say no to Beef Wellington?
  2. Debbie is a fan of kitchen gadgets, so joining Pampered Chef as a Consultant is a sure fit. Her plan is to own pieces from the Stoneware Collection as well the entire set of Stainless Steel Cookware.
  3. She has foodie bucket list - like a good foodie should. And food events are consistently on her list. Feast Portland is a summer festival in her hometown and one that she tries to attend at least one or two events. Other events on her list - Taste of Vail, New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, Austin Food & Wine Festival, and Aspen Food & Wine Classic.

Let's just say that Debbie would excel in her new career. Her experiences, skills, and insight will truly lend a hand in her success. 

 

Baking cakes and cookies started out as a hobby for Debbie.  For many years, her family members were her guinea pigs, surprising them with decorated cakes and freshly baked cookies.  She also made desserts for work potlucks and friends and family get-togethers.  One year she started packaging cookies to give away as gifts for birthdays and Christmas.  Debbie was (and continues to be) ecstatic with the expressions of joy and bliss when friends and family receive a box of cookies or a slice of a beautifully decorated and divine tasting custom celebration cake – a goal achieved indeed.

Friends, bosses, acquaintances, their friends, and their friends, and their friends... began to inquire about catering to their cravings, wants, and needs - the early beginnings of Cookie Crush circa 2000.

Upon realizing her true passion, Debbie left her job of 10 years to attend Western Culinary Institute in 2007. She graduated with honors and received an Associates of Occupational Studies Degree in Le Cordon Bleu Patisserie and Baking.

Cookie Crush and Sweet on Desserts are merely monikers for Debbie.  If you know her by any of these names, then you're familiar with her work and has had the opportunity to indulge in her baked creations.