No celebration is quite complete without something sweet to eat. Not only do I adore entertaining, but I also love to bake. My mom was an accomplished baker, her chocolate chip cookie recipe is still talked about today among our family and friends. Though cookies were Mom's forte, I love to bake layered cakes, delicate pastries, fresh fruit pies... You name it, I'll bake it. There's something therapeutic about baking to me. I love losing myself in the focus of precise measurements, the rhythm of dough rolling, to concentrate completely on frosting a freshly baked cake. I find such joy in baking, not to mention the oh-so-sweet payoff of tasting such treats once they've been made.