Hola! I am Rachel- a professional gal in my 20s from the Baltimore area who bakes things and eats them. I also buy things and eat them. I am a bit of a perfectionist so if something does not come out the way I hoped, it will certainly be evident in my posts. I am no expert and I am always trying to get better at this baking stuff and learn from my mistakes. My family has a history of high cholesterol and when I can, I try to cut fat in my baked goods. When I do bake with full fat, know that these are sometimes snacks. Everything in moderation!
Some of my favorite things to bake include:
- Quick breads (namely, zucchini bread)
Some of my favorite snacks to purchase and eat lately include:
- Ritter Sport bars (and candy bars in general)
- Greek yogurt
By the way, I don’t have that fancy of a camera so I apologize for the quality of the pictures. Also, I’m probably going to use Instagram sometimes too, so there’s that.
Why I Made This Blog
While I realize there’s no shortage of food blogs, I knew creating this blog was something I really wanted to do now. I have been an avid baker since I was about 10. Only recently have I felt like I am starting to make good food- food worth sharing with others. My goal is to have my love of food be reflected in every post. I hope also to connect with other food bloggers in the Baltimore area. I want to continue to become a better baker and cook, and learn more about myself in the process.*
I am also a person that enjoys experimenting with cake mixes, trying out new snacks and candy, so I want to review those products in addition to baking from scratch. When possible, I will blog about food-related events I attend as well. Some of my interests such as fashion, anime, and television shows may creep into the blog occasionally, but I will try to keep it all food related.
I am also going to try to keep most posts fairly short and simple, mostly because I don’t care for long-winded posts myself.
Even if or when I review something, my goal is neither to put an establishment or product on some insane pedestal of perfection or to drag it through the mud. I plan to use the Rachel Baked (beta) scale:**
1/Yikes: I probably wouldn’t recommend this food or product. You can find a better version elsewhere. No bueno.
2/Meh: The food could be better, could be worse. It is possible that something or someone caused it to have an off day.
3/Good, Sorta: It was pretty good. Not the best thing I’ve ever had, but overall has good qualities. I would probably recommend this food or product.
4/Spot-on, Spot-on: This food or product is really good. While not without flaws, I’d definitely recommend it.
5/Amazing: I highly recommend this food or product, with little or no criticism of it.
If this blog ever becomes a chore and not fun at all, I will get rid of it ASAP.
If this blog ever becomes more negative than positive, I will get rid of it ASAP.
*a tad cliche and sappy, but I mean it
**scale subject to change with notice