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gretchen | gretchen's here and now baking gretchen – gretchen's here and now baking

why gretchen’s here and now?

i’ve finally accepted that i need to make things with my hands in order to be happy. so this means i have returned to the trade of baking. no data entry or time clock punching. just dough punching! i’m fortunate to be able to create a bakery - my own place of work and extension of myself. to have the power of choice is a privilege i am so grateful for. i’ve chosen organic ingredients and recipes i love to make for others! look forward to seeing you in the shop! gretchen

what on earth made me this way?

well, it was my family really.  for my parents (yes, those charmers on the volkswagen beetle!) family was, and is, everything.  i grew up influenced by the cultural background of my grandparents.  hungarian, czech, german and scottish.  in other words, i am canadian! my grandmas brought wild and wonderful things to my childhood.  cloe robinson (born cloe koehler) made feasts of pies and caramel popcorn balls.  the meals she prepared were legendary with a capital L.  betty csiszar (born elizabet tribulova) made hungarian pastry but only when she darn well wanted to.  she was a gifted seamstress and an avid reader.  they both lived on farms and in cities later in life.  i wish they had written biographies! growing up at home with my sisters we baked and cooked alongside our parents:  cookies, pies, cakes, stuffed peppers and cabbage rolls.  we feasted on stacks of palacsintas.  thanks mom and dad.