I am so glad to be back blogging with you. It’s been awhile, and I am sorry that it took me so long to get back to blogging. Much has happened since I last reached out to you.

The first thing that has happened in my life is that my kitchen is FINALLY DONE. Without trying to sound like a spoiled brat, it was an intense experience, but a learning one. When you remodel a kitchen you face many choices and obstacles. You really need to know what your wants and needs are in such items as: appliances, counter space, gas or electric stovetop, etc.

The hardest part of a remodel is the stage the contractors call “demo”. That stands for demolition, and it’s LOUD!! The greatest part of the remodel is that it is finished, and I now have a GORGEOUS and very practical space that is organized. I never want to do this again and hopefully I won’t have to.

My newest book “Baking with Success” came out and I have had two wonderful book signings so far. One of the most fun I had promoting my book was to appear at the Wine and Food Fest in Rhinebeck, New York. I did a wonderful demonstration for a recipe from my new book, and I got to meet about 10,000 people! It was CRAZY!! One fun person I met was Shaun O’Neale, winner of MasterChef season 7! We even exchanged cookbooks. He is really a nice person!

I, also, was asked by WAMC, to appear on Food Friday, the Friday before Thanksgiving, with Deanna Fox, the fabulous food contributor to the Times Union and blogger. What a blast that was! I made my Meringue Mushrooms and Free Form Apple Gallette. Deanna even took some of my gallette home with her. That was such a complement.

I am so excited about some of my future endeavors that are in the works!

Happy Baking!

Chef Gail