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.

And 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 this page. 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.