About Me

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My name is Hayley and I am a twenty something residing in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Even though I grew up with an amazing cook of a mom, cooking and baking weren’t really familiar to me…in fact, neither was the kitchen. (It is true that I used to enlist my younger sister in making me grilled cheese). But when I spent a semester studying abroad in England, during my sophomore year of college, all of that changed. The limited options for sustenance at the meager campus caf left something to be desired and I grew tired of potatoes five ways. So it was there, that I began cooking in the humble little kitchen on my dorm’s hall, with my friends. We dreamt up elaborate theme salads and I was introduced to parsnips and leeks and lo and behold, I was hooked. I acquired a newfound love for food and for creating.

When I returned to the States, I discovered Food Network, became a huge Giada fan and acquired a crush on Tyler Florence. I became oriented with and immersed in the vast world of food blogs and was inspired by the exquisite prose of Molly Wizenberg and the simply flawless photography and recipes from Smitten Kitchen—both of which inspired me endlessly. I had a brief phase with Rachel Ray (my first cookbook, though I wish I could say it was something admirable like Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”). But I was learning and I graduated from school and Rachel Ray. My tastes and cooking skills evolved and improved (no more instant pudding mix, store-bought pizza dough or frozen pie crust) and I grew bolder in my endeavors.

This little blog was born in 2009, after some encouragement from my boyfriend, the need to challenge myself and rekindle my love of writing (which had fallen by the wayside, as a default of the habitual mundane essays and reports for school). When trying to conjure up a name for the blog, I struggled a bit. I wanted something that had a ring to it but that was also meaningful to me. After much deliberation, I realized I always catch myself standing on my tiptoes when I’m in the kitchen. Tiptoes in the Kitchen just seemed right.

One of my favorite things in life is sharing the things I make with others, especially friends and loved ones—it is such a gratifying feeling.

I have an insatiable sweet tooth, making me more partial to baking. I’m always scheming my next meal and often find the conversation always comes back to food. I make some mean scrambled eggs, banana puddin’ and beignets (not all together). Caramel is my favorite thing to make because I always feel like a mad scientist, hovering over a pot of bubbling sugary mass, eagerly awaiting a chemical reaction and it amazes me how sugar and a touch of water can do all of that. Doughnuts (and beignets—oh beignets) make me giddy and the duck confit salad and moules frites at Vin Rouge makes me swoon. I detest cilantro, parsley, olives and raw onion. I adore good bread, figs, caramelized onions, apricot jam, nutty cheese with lots of enzymes, root vegetables, cherries, desserts laced with bourbon, bacon, sticky toffee pudding, roasted broccoli, fresh corn, tomatoes and peaches and cobbler in the summer, homemade ricotta, gin and cake, always cake.

Thank you for reading.

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12 responses to “About Me

  1. Hi Hayley!

    Just wanted to say thanks for your nice comments on The Bitten Word!

    I really like your blog a lot — love the “what’s inspiring me” post!

    Happy 2010, and thanks again —
    Zach

  2. i just wanted to say thank you for your wonderfully sweet comment on my blog. you are adorable! i wish i could follow your blog easier through blogger. i love your passion for food and the way you talk about it 🙂

  3. Barry Teater

    Nice blog, Hayley. Keep writing and baking and cooking and eating (and working out)!

    Love, Dad

  4. dear hayley, what a beautiful site! what beautiful, beautiful edible art you create!
    with admiration,
    kate

  5. Greg Spring

    Hey Hayley,

    Hope this note finds you well.

    My name is Greg Spring and I am producer for Good Bite.

    I wanted to invite you to participate in a new branded series for Good Bite that is being sponsored by Tyson called “The Chicken Sandwich Challenge.” In this contest, six bloggers, such as yourself, will be challenged to come up with the best recipe for a DINNER sandwich using the Tyson Chicken Breast Fillets. This is a challenge to see who can create the best chicken sandwich.

    The big news: the blogger whose sandwich gets the most votes online will be crowed the winner and Tyson will donate $5,000 to the charity of their choosing. If you need a charity, we can also help you find one.

    If you are unfamiliar with these frozen chicken fillets, you can check the product out here:
    http://www.tyson.com/Consumer/Products/ViewProduct.aspx?id=88

    Our six bloggers will be asked to submit their best recipe for the “Challenge.” The actual cooking/preparation of the sandwich will be done by the series Host/Chef (TBD) and take place in DECA’s professional kitchen in Los Angeles.

    Online viewers will watch the episodes and choose the sandwich they like best over the course of a six-week run.

    Please let me know if you would be interested in joining us on this series. We would pay your appearance fee for the on camera work and recipe. As part of the fee, like usual, we need you to embed the video, blog about it and post it on your twitter and Facebook.

    We are compiling the list this week so let me know. We would need the recipe next week and have you shoot in November.

    If you are interested, please let me know and what your charity of choice. Once Tyson approved the bloggers and charities, we will back in touch.

    Thanks in advance,
    Greg Spring

  6. Erika

    Hi Hayley
    I loved reading your blog!!!!! any yes she can cook… i loved the pumpkin spice cupcakes you made that time for us at work,,,, and omg the cookies you baked as well….. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm so good!!!!!!! thank you and i need more.. looooool.. glad your following your passion!!!!!!! kudos to you….!!!! and enjoy New york New york!!!!!!!

  7. Lucy Hammerton-Barry

    Hayley,

    You write so beautifully and eloquently. Your zealous descriptions of your life and your day to day mumblings make me laugh and smile as if I am sat having a conversation with you. You really pull your readers into your stories and it is truly wonderful to feel a part of them.

    I love how much you are enjoying New York and that you are making the most of every beautiful opportunity that comes your way. I know already how well you will do in life and I hope next time you are in London or the UK you will look me up and we will go for brunch, drinks and cake together.

    Love you and miss you always

    Lucy ❤

    • Lucy dear,

      That was the sweetest comment! It means a lot to hear that you feel that way about my writing, truly! Thank you for reading and for your sweet words. I can’t wait to get back to England someday (hopefully sooner than later!) I miss it so much and you know as soon as I do, we will definitely have to go for tea and cake and catch up in person : )

      love and misses

      -Hayley

  8. Came upon your blog based off of a crockpot website called Gimme Some Oven that you contributed too. It says you are in Greensboro which isn’t too far from me over in the RDU area. I too like to bake. Tried to find you on twitter to shoot you a note, but alas, I did not find you. In any case, have fun and keep on baking and if you feel like you need/want a challenge look into some of the baking groups online like The Daring Bakers or something with Dorie Greenspan.

    • Hey there,

      Please forgive my incredibly late reply! I’m sad and embarrassed to say that my poor little blog has been sorely neglected for the past several months. Thanks for checking it out, and for the kind words. I just found you on Twitter! : )

      Take care!

      Hayley

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