Homemade Food Tastes Better from Scratch.

Welcome to the blog. Here you’ll find recipes for weeknight dinners, weekend baking, and cocktails using fresh, seasonal ingredients. The Ugly Duckling Bakery is for adventurous home cooks looking for inspiration to answer the never-ending question, “What’s for Dinner?”

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Hi, I’m Joanne!

I’m so happy you’re here!

I’m an infectious disease doctor in Washington State who’s been cooking and baking for 40+ years! I started the Ugly Duckling Bakery blog in 2021 to share my love for food. My hope is to bring you some of the science and history in recipes, tips and tricks to understand how and why the recipes work, and enough foundation so that you can start to create your own.

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The Ugly Duckling Bakery isn’t a brick and mortar bakery. It’s a source of recipes to inspire your weeknight dinners, weekend baking, and cocktails using fresh, seasonal ingredients.

I’m a lifelong baker, but it wasn’t until 2020, when I was stuck at home with my elementary school kiddo, that I started creating baking and cooking recipes to share with you on the blog. The things I make are not often pretty, but they taste delicious.

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