The Ugly Duckling Bakery isn’t a reality. It’s just a dream that gets me through the workday when the funding is uncertain or the colleagues are fussy.

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 baking and cooking with a purpose. You’ll find recipes on the Ugly Duckling Bakery blog that range from 30 minute weeknight meals to more complicated weekend cooking, baking projects made from scratch, and classic cocktail variations. The things I make are not often pretty, but they taste delicious.

About Me

What is your background?

I’m an infectious disease physician who specializes in HIV testing and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). I have been cooking and baking all of my life, and I’ve always dreamed about getting culinary training. Over my 50 plus years, I’ve taken lots of cooking classes, like the Pie and Pastry Bootcamp at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park and one on one lessons with Diane Seed in Rome and the Mexican Home Cooking school in Tlaxcala.

Does this blog provide medical or nutritional advice?

That’s a big no. This blog is considered for entertainment purposes only. Calories and other nutritional information are provided as estimates only and cannot be guaranteed to be 100% accurate. Please consult your health team for personal medical and nutritional advice.

What’s the story behind your name?

Whenever I got frustrated with work or I was worried about funding running out, I always said I would open a bakery. One day I was driving in the car with mr. uglyducklingbakery, and we were brainstorming names for this theoretical bakery. We decided on the Ugly Duckling because the things I make taste delicious, but they definitely look homemade. When I started this blog, I wanted to use the name. Maybe there’s a brick and mortar bakery still in my future? I don’t know.

What recipe should I try?

You can’t go wrong with any of the recipes on My Favorites page.

I’m looking for a recipe you don’t have. Will you make it for me?

Maybe! Send me an email or message me on Instagram and we can chat.

A few promises to you. As a consumer of blogs myself, I promise that I will won’t ever put up those dreadful pop up ads that prevent you from getting to the recipe or whatever you are looking for. And a bigger one. I know I’m just starting out, but I promise that any money generated by this work will be donated to non-profits, and I’ll be documenting that on the blog. Money isn’t what is motivating me here.

So, my dear reader, I hope you find something at the Ugly Duckling Bakery that makes your own life a little more delicious.