About S.

Hello!  I’m S., attorney by day, baker/cook by night.  I’ve always loved to eat, but it wasn’t until after I graduated from law school and moved into my first big-girl apartment that I became seriously interested in puttering around my kitchen.  Since I’ve been blessed (or cursed, depending on how tight my pants are on a given day) with a huge sweet tooth, a lot of my culinary attempts revolve around making and baking sweets.

I moved to Los Angeles in January 2012, but I grew up in Texas, went to college in northern California, and spent 6 1/2 years in Boston going to law school and then working.  I love exploring my new city, and I feel really lucky to be able to live here.

I have a mini-dachshund named Mushu.  He lives in Texas with my parents and I miss him all the time.

In July 2012, I got another mini-dachshund.  Her name is Emma, and she lives with me in L.A.  Her main purpose in life is to de-stuff all her toys and remove their squeakers.


I like ice cream, Harry Potter, fat chewy cookies, burrowing into heavy down comforters, novels that I can’t put down, lots of sunshine, and brightly-colored dresses.  I hate birds.  They gross me out and scare me.

Unless otherwise noted, all photographs on this site are taken by me.  I usually shoot with a Canon EOS Rebel T1i, occasionally with a Canon PowerShot, and my iPhone in times of desperation.

I still have a lot to learn in the kitchen and in the world at large, and I won’t pretend that I know a whole lot.  I’ve experienced triumph but also disasters, the culinary ones of which usually get consumed anyway.  Thanks for stopping by to see how I’m navigating my life and the cooking world.  I hope you stay a while.

Questions, ideas, or comments?  Email me at: blog [dot] tortes [at] gmail [dot] com