It's All About the FoodChristmas Baking with SusieJ

N things about me

Professionally, I am a database-backed web site developer, not a baker.

I have a degree in math.

This is unrealated to my ability to multiply metric conversions in my head; that comes from having to calculate sales tax on my book purchases as a pre-teen.

My soft serve cone has jimmies on it; worder comes from a fawcet; Kandy Kakes and Krimpets are delicious; 55 is only a suggestion for the Sure-kill aka the Expressway. In short, I'm a Philadelphian.

I hate to cook.

I'm not thrilled with Thanksgiving, either.

Christmas has been my favorite holiday since childhood; I wrote my Confirmation Class term paper on it.

Valentine's Day is least favorite. Those expectations will mess you up for life.

I am a massive nerd. I've been a Dr. Who fan since my mother turned it on when I was nine, and now I go to conventions and cosplay (that's me in L.A. dressed as Sarah Jane Smith). I game. On line.

When I lived in Germany, I learned to drive a manual transmission, and much prefer it over an automatic.

Since 2008, I've had my motorcycle license. I ride a 125 cc scooter.

I also bike.

Other drivers make me very, very nervous.

Favorite way to kick it up? Crystal Hot Sauce.

Favorite way to spice it up? cardamom.

Favorite nut: my wacky family.

Favorite nut, non-family, actually edible: hazelnuts, in cookies and cakes.

Least favorite nut: I try not to discuss fringe politics.

Least favorite nut, edible: walnuts. For years I thought I hated nuts. No, I just hate this bitter, nasty thing.

Chocolate, vanilla or strawberry? Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate.

Tone deaf. This physically pains my husband, who had perfect pitch before he listened to all that metal in high school.

I do 99 percent the work on the website.

I rarely drink soda, but when I do, it's San Pellegrino Chinotto, which tastes like sweeter, non-alcoholic Campari.

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