I’ve always loved cookies, baking up a storm and bringing everyone in on the fun. The kitchen is where I fire up my creativity and show my love. There, everyone comes together to enjoy something tasty, laugh and belong. Incredible what a fresh batch of cookies can do.
The idea for Bushel & Peck Baked came from my desire to recreate this feeling and increase connection and belonging that uniquely comes through home baking. I also wanted to infuse my treats with the flavors of my travels. Paris, Berlin, Cape Cod, Sonoma, Italy and so many other places I’ve lived and visited that have inspired my recipes.
In my past life as a corporate HR exec, I was always striving to build engagement and belonging. How do we make routine meetings better and increase connection? Well, for one, get rid of routine snacks. Offer something special. A dulce de leche macaroon, a fresh ginger cookie, a tray of shortbread.
When I was looking for a name that would sum up all my hopes and dreams about this project, a little song came to mind:
I love you a bushel and a peck
A bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck
A hug around the neck and a barrel and a heap
A barrel and a heap and I’m talkin’ in my sleep
My mother used to sing this ditty to me as a child and I sang to my daughter when she was little, too. A pure expression of affection and love. I also remembered that a bushel and a peck are also units of measurement. A little love—a peck—or a big embrace—a bushel. Bushel & Peck Baked. I think it’s perfect. I hope you do, too.