For the first time, I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge! The concept is simple: Each day in April I’ll be blogging on a topic starting with the letter of the day, beginning with A and progressing to Z by the end of the month. Posts will be short and will relate to my chosen theme: my new coming of age story, Rightfully Ours, released April 1.
B is for Baking
One of my writer friends recently pointed out what a prominent role baking plays in my books. One of those things from real life that bleeds through into my fiction, I guess.
In Rightfully Ours, Rachel whips up a batch of chocolate chip cookies with her mom, reminiscing about how many times they’d made them together. Baking is a shared experience she enjoyed with her mother throughout her childhood. Assembling the ingredients takes on an established rhythm as she and her mom work in tandem mixing and combining the butter, egg, and sugar with the flour mixture.
There’s a comfort in the familiarity of a well-loved recipe – both in the preparation and in the eating. So, what does Rachel do on a lonely, rainy afternoon? She bakes a batch of those cookies. Similarly, I never make a batch of those cookies or chocolate fudge without thinking of my own mother, who until very recently continued to bake them regularly, even as she approached her 90th birthday.
What recipe brings you comfort, either in the preparation or the eating?