Thanks for stopping by my blog! Here are some F.A.Q.s to help you get to know me a little better!

were you on The Great american baking show?

Yes! I competed against 9 other amazing home bakers and I actually won the whole thing! We filmed in England for 4 weeks. It's by far one of the craziest, most challenging things I've ever done. It was such intense competition that I forced myself to become a better baker. I pushed myself to my baking limits and am really proud of how I did.  The show being cancelled was super disappointing, but I'm determined to do whatever it takes to continue to share my passion of food. 

long have you been blogging?

I have been blogging since my third year of law school–2009.  During that time, I was helping my sister (who was also my roommate) cope with the loss of a loved one, and I knew that baking delicious goodies would be the perfect distraction. Despite my being a busy grad student, I baked something nearly every day that year. I also started exploring with cooking different things and making smoothies–something I have always loved to do. That blog became the precursor to my current blog.

I joined Instagram (@FoodieInNewYork) last year and really stepped up my photography which took my blogging to new heights.

Are you a practicing lawyer?

Yes!  I graduated law school in the middle of the recession. Instead of looking for a job, I decided it would be the perfect opportunity for me to move to France for a year. I had a plan: Eat (and blog!) my way through France. My love of macarons and determination to make them myself arose from this chapter in my life. While living in the suburbs of Paris, my roommate Sophie, a novice baker, came home with a macaron cookbook. To my surprise, she successfully made macarons simply by following the instructions. I decided that I, too, could master one of the toughest things to bake: the macaron.

When did you start baking?

I have always loved baking and both of my grandmothers were known far and wide–not only for their generous and strong spirits–but also for their amazing cakes. My dad’s mother, Willie Mae, grew up in Prairieville, Louisiana–just miles east of Baton Rouge where I was raised.  Growing up in a place with culture and food as vibrant as south Louisiana has had an endless effect on me, my outlook, and certainly my cooking. My maternal grandmother, Leona, grew up during the depression in an urban area, so she has a particular knack for making foods stretch and making masterpieces with few ingredients.

What’s your inspiration and what will I find on your blog?

I have inherited a desire to cook, bake and share, which I have combined with my love for travel and creating dishes inspired by places I have lived and visited.  In addition to working, I spend my evenings and weekends testing and developing recipes.  Paris, New York City, Los Angeles and New Orleans are all food capitals that I have lived in and are very close to my heart. So, you’ll find plenty of great recipes for French pastries and classic American desserts, and you’ll also find stories about my travel adventures.  I love to bake, but I also like to cook. 

How can I get in touch with you? 

Email me at vallery@foodieinnewyork.com, and of course, don’t forget to subscribe!