09 Jan

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a safe and happy holiday season. May we put behind all the sadness of 2016, and focus on the success of 2017.

Since my last post, I’ve been thinking about blogging and writing, and decided to take a hiatus from both. I’d like to focus on other things in my life right now. If something comes up and I want to share, I’ll post it. If I feel the desire to write again, I’ll go with it. But for now, I think it’s best to put them aside.

I wish you all a wonderful year! May all your goals and dreams come true!

New Year and Goals,
Baer Necessities

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02 Dec

Coming of Age. Crazy Life. Savory Foods.

In early 2014, I created my own publishing imprint, Baer Books Press for others and myself. I offer some creative services, such as critiques, paperback / electronic formatting, and book cover design along with publishing through my imprint. I’m pleased to announce that Baer Books Press has published its first cookbook, La Folie Forty by Thierry Tellier and Jennifer Jones.La Folie Forty Full Cover for SitesThis book weaves snippets of Thierry Tellier’s life growing up in France, traveling to make a living for his family, and sharing some of his cherished recipes. To help Thierry tell his life, he befriended Jennifer Jones, who frequented Thierry’s café & bakery, Our Daily Bread. Thierry shared his stories with Jennifer, and she transformed them into heartwarming stories about life, travels, and food.

Once the stories were edited, they hired me to design the book cover and format the book for paperback. I received family photos and scanned recipes from Jennifer. After that, I fixed and designed the photos, formatted the interior of the book, and arranged the corresponding photos and recipes with the chapters. Jennifer provided me with the front cover picture, and I designed the rest. This process took about 1-1/2 months of collecting, formatting, and arranging to get it right.

It was a great opportunity to work with Thierry and Jennifer, let alone, on a cookbook. Living in Europe, I could relate to some of the places he talks about because I’ve been there. Jennifer did a wonderful job conveying Thierry’s stories, while at the same time, working in the savory recipes.

I’m so proud to announce that La Folie Forty is now available on Amazon. French Cuisine. Family Life. Coming of Age. This book is a wonderful experience. The reader watches Thierry grow up with the help of family photos, and we get a peek at some delicious recipes of baked bread, pastries, chicken, and more. While reading the stories, I found myself smiling or picturing myself cooking some of these recipes. This cookbook is a treat, not only for the palate, but to learn about a life so different, and watching an American dream come true.

If you’re into cooking, traveling, and family, you’ll enjoy the journey La Folie Forty takes you on. If cooking isn’t your cup of tea, then you might consider it a Christmas gift, which could possibly contain someone’s favorite future recipe.

What’s your favorite meal to cook? What type of sinful delight do you love most?

As for my enjoyment of cooking, I love making chicken noodle soup from scratch, using a whole chicken. While the chicken cooks with veggies, the both is created from the chicken’s juices and my seasonings. Then I break up the chicken so we can add it to the noodles and soup. And when it comes to snacking, I make popcorn the old-fashioned way—in a pot with peanut oil. Depending on my craving, either I’ll add Tabasco sauce to the oil for some hot popcorn, or after it pops, I’ll add salt, a little butter and a drizzle of maple syrup for my sweet tooth.

Recipes, Travels and Family,
Baer Necessities

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