On Sunday morning, my Grandpa passed away. Normally I wouldn't blog about personal matters on my cooking blog, but my Grandpa was a huge influence on me.
He was a professional baker in New York for over 40 years. Because of that, he was my #1 fan and critic! He always told me how proud he was of me when I baked wedding cakes or even a small tray of brownies. And he ALWAYS 'tested' my buttercream to see if it met his expectations. A few years ago, he gave me his recipe cards from the bakery that were over 25 years old, and were in quantities of hundreds of cakes and cookies! I'll always treasure our special baking bond :)
He lived a wonderful, long, and mostly healthy life, gave and recieved more love than I can explain.
So cheers, Gramps! I'll miss you and I love you!