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" I like to be in over my head always, at all times. "
" Most of my memories are of softball games in Falls Church with my sister, yard sales across town on the weekends with my grandma, grocery-shopping and errand-running with my mom, learning to drive an old Volkswagen bug down Old Keene Mill Road with my dad. "
" For me, I love Portland. I love the food scene, I love the vibe, the environment. "
" Any team member, any community member wants and needs to know they count, that they're welcome, and that they're important. "
" I used to exist on just two or three hours of sleep, no problem, like sleep wasn't even a thought. Sleep was just like a chore that you had to do late at night. "
" I love the challenge of thinking about how we might approach a bowl of cereal. People are getting so involved in foodie culture and becoming more educated about their food, and yet it can be really simple to do something that's so good for you. "
" When I'm menu-developing at Milk Bar, I'll go for weeks at a time where all I'm doing is testing out layer cakes or different cookies and testing out changes. "
" Baking's meant to be done at home. It's meant to be a good time. It's not about, like, hoarding secrets. It's about sharing them. "
" A bright lipstick is a quick way to glam up my look. "
" I can't think of a community that couldn't benefit from communal thinking. "
" Good food is good food. It doesn't have to come with pretense. "
" I feel like a lot of the pastry chefs and chefs I worked for and worked under were always really, really big on the philosophy of 'everyone's in it together in the food world.' "
" Baking without gluten is an awesome challenge in terms of the opportunity to learn so much more about what you can create. "
" Inspiration is one thing. Stealing is another. "
" I love cookbooks. I certainly have my fair share at home, but I'm a really funny cookbook person: I don't really ever cook out of cookbooks. I like cookbooks for the commentary or the pictures or the history. "
" Know who you are and stay true to it. Have a point of view, keep your head down when noise tries to drown out your inner voice, and whatever you do, keep pushing. "
" I went to culinary school to eat. "
" There's something about fall that very much translates into those nurturing, nostalgic food flavors. It's the season where you can really make the marriage of fresh produce with spices and aromatics. "
" Milk Bar is a quirky American bakery, where the original inspiration is the humble beginnings of American-style baked goods and loving trips to Dairy Queen. "
" The secret to having an epically beloved bakery is consistency. "
" Eating together was a big part of my upbringing and a tradition we keep daily amongst the amazing team at Milk Bar. "
" I love the warmth of apple pie. "
" I think a lot of people think being in the kitchen is being really serious, and especially that baking is very serious, very straitlaced. For me, it's about figuring out your voice, finding your personality, and getting in the kitchen to explore. "
" I chose a career in the kitchen because the thought of sitting and doing the same thing every day and being stationary was not something that I could get my head around. "
" No matter how bad your day is, when you start talking about cookies or cakes or pies, or you bring someone cookies, there's just not bad news. The worst news is, 'Hey, there's sugar in that.' "