As a wife of over 30 years, and the mother of three adult daughters, I’ve been lucky enough to do many things in my life. Most recently I’ve worked as a professional cook and baker and I now spend my days developing and testing recipes – and sharing them with you!
In our house, we get up with the sun and don’t stop working until late in the night, so breakfast or brunch are usually when we sit down and share a meal as a family. Join me at the kitchen counter, where I cook for my busy family, starting first thing in the morning! We’re going to have some egg-cellent adventures!
Get to know me
Hi! I'm Cynthia. I'm a cook, baker, and recipe developer from New Jersey. I am the mother of three adult daughters and I've been married to my best friend for 30 years! We call him The Boy.
While I have not attended culinary school, I do have a lot of practical experience in both sweet and savory cooking. I started out training in pastry shops as a baker, working with highly acclaimed chefs in their restaurants, and working as a private chef. I have taught cooking and baking classes and participated in the New York City Wine and Food Festival as a chef.
In my time with so many talented chefs and bakers, I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge and skills in both baking and savory cooking. It has made a huge difference in the foods I cook, the recipes I develop, and how I cook at home as well.
Being the mom to three grown ups, I've been asked countless times if I have "the recipe". Like my mom, and probably yours, no I didn't. So at first I started writing up my recipes on a free blog that my daughters could access. Over time I've upgraded to a public blog that I share with the world!
The Boy has been an Emergency Room Healthcare Worker for more than 40 years and, with the pandemic, he began working more days and longer hours. Most days breakfast and brunch was the only meal we could eat together.
Also, I needed a place for my biscuit recipe to live. It took a long time, and a lot of really awful batches, for me to finally come close to my Grandma Olga Mae's biscuits and I want everyone to make them!
I get inspiration everywhere! It might be something I see on TV, a picture on social media or the internet, a childhood memory, something I ate at a restaurant, and sometimes I just cook what I'm craving!
Mostly we eat it! If I make a big breakfast, The Boy might finish it up when he gets home at one o'clock in the morning. I also try to invite my daughters whenever possible, take extras to my in-laws, and I send baked goods to the Emergency Department with The Boy almost every Saturday morning.
I would love for you to share my recipes! That's how you spread the word that I'm out here doing what I do! If you make on of my recipes and post a picture on your Instagram, please tag me @butfirst_webrunch or use the hashtag #butfirstwebrunch!
Most importantly, if you enjoy one of my recipes, I would love it if you would leave a star rating on the recipe and leave a comment. Google also likes that, and we really want to make them happy 🙂
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