This is the very first installment of what I know will be a killer series... "Baker Babes"!
With each post, I will introduce one kick ass lady each week that is rockin' hard in the kitchen. A dash of herstory, a handful of photos and a recipe or two... mix and dig in!
With that, I would like to introduce to you: Tucson's own Anne Marie.
Anne worked with me in the beginning and she exudes the sweetest blend of simple European style and kitschy Southwestern charm. She has the most exquisite palate and I owe her a lot of my flavor combinations, even today. She graciously agreed to let me ask her a few questions and interrogate her about what she most recently created in her mini downtown kitchen. She gave us the recipes for these cocktails below and I would strongly urge you to try them. Like now. They're that good.

I meant to only take pictures of her kitchen, but her house was so indicative of her overall charm that I couldn't help but snap a few shots of... well... everything.  To reward you for indulging me in my snapshot happy posts, I will intersperse her interview throughout. So, get this: not only is she adorable, a total babe, AND a phenomenal baker... shes a linguistics major, quick-witted, and articulate. Total catch. Okay, okay. That interview:

 Name: Anne Marie
Occupation: Student/Woman of Leisure
Dream occupation: I’d love to own a bookstore/café one day.
Age: 22 (though inside I’m sure I’m a really cool middle aged woman)

What was your earliest memory about baking?
Making chocolate covered strawberries for my birthday cakes. I did this every year from age 3 to 9. It was my favorite part.

Howd’ja get started baking? My aunt was a caterer. During the summer when I was 5 she stayed with us, and got me started in the kitchen. After that I used to hang out in the kitchen during family gatherings. I never had a child’s palate, I wanted to eat everything and I wanted to help cook everything. Nowadays, I’m expected to prepare anything baked- pies, cakes, even the dinner rolls.

How do you feel about Martha Stewart? I should be so lucky to be such a strong, badass woman known for doing things that are considered dated or backwards. Besides being an amazing resource for any household, cooking, or entertaining need, she’s also a great businesswoman who really deserves a little more credit. She wouldn’t get have the shit she does if she wasn’t a woman.

If you had to be an ingredient in a recipe, what would you be? I would like to think of myself as some sort of exotic, fragrant, sultry spice, but I think I’m really just like a peach. Plump, ripe, juicy, and sweet, with just a little hint of tartness and a solid core. 

Will you share your all time favorite recipe with us? There’s this stew that I love more than anything in the world. I know it isn’t stew weather anymore, but this is better than sex to me.

Anne shares her three recent favorite mixed drinks (desert style) below. If you would like to make your own vanilla infused vodka, she suggests taking a bottle of vodka (and pouring yourself a drink... you'll need the room) adding a vanilla bean and 1/2 a cup of sugar. Shake it and place it in the cupboard for a week. Shake it once a day, and seven days later strain and use!

I GIVE YOU: AM's three top summer beverages!

I'm so thankful she let me snap away and steal her recipes... Here's one more precious picture for the road:



  1. I love this new series, Jes. I just started reading your blog last week and I have really enjoyed it. I love your sense of humor and your ability to weave in stories of other kickass women. And I cannot wait to make Anne Marie's sangria recipe (or label my change jar "Booze Fund"-- since it is one anyway).

  2. Lacey, THANK YOU! I'm so glad we found each other, it sounds like we have a lot in common. I too have zero fear of failure, love NPR and have a healthy amount of snark. And that's just the beginning, yo!


  3. fantastic and the best girl to start your series out with. I am so very proud of the both of you ladies. You both inspire me so much in the kitchen (and other places too of course)


  4. I'm definitely going to try out that cherry creme fizz. It sounds so tasty!!

    And Anne Marie's house is so awesome! I too may have to start that booze fund jar, haha.

  5. Awesome concept - a great venue to share personal, unique style.
    Anne Marie is equally awesome. Good to see someone who is willing to be exactly who she is.
    Hope to be introduced to more folks who are wonderful individuals -- speaks well of our future. KME

    1. I love, cherish, and try to surround myself with ladies like Anne who are okay with who they are and have a "solid core" :) Thanks!

  6. OMG your Booze Money jar filled with pennies totally made my day! LOL
    Liora sent me here to your blog. I'm so glad she did!
    You've got a new fan!

    1. THANKS Jennine! Anne's jar was my favorite part of her house too:) xoxoxo


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