My great great great grandfather, who came to this country from Baden-Baden, founded the little town of La Mesa, NM, setting himself up as a baker. I hope I inherited my love for things that come out of the oven from him! I made my first cookies as a fifth grader when I used a recipe in my arithmetic book to make chocolate drop cookies. I would find recipes everywhere: the flour sack; the oatmeal box; the cocoa can! Took Home Ec 4 years: food awakens my creative spirit!