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Check here for Julia's latest party, recipe, and decorating ideas. Or leave a post with a question, and she'll dish out her best baking and design advice. Most … important, have fun while you're here and remember Julia's motto: make every moment a special event! She also has a related app with 15 cookie decorating videos! If you'd like to interview Julia, discuss sponsorship opportunities, or book her for a decorating class or other event, contact: Julia M Usher Email: sweetlife juliausher. Ever since sampling the dazzling pink daisy cookies at her first cookie swap, Julia has been a lover of all things sweet.
As a young child, Julia cultivated her … budding cooking skills by riding the apron strings of her mom — an accomplished home baker who ran a tight kitchen.
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By the age of 12 — while other kids were still tinkering with their Easy-Bake ovens — Julia was wowing friends and families with lavishly decorated yeast breads and multi-layer tortes. Julia was also known on occasion to whip up a very lifelike soap and mud frosting cake for her sometimes pesky little sister. Julia worked as a mechanical engineer and management consultant after graduating from Yale in , but even while climbing the corporate ladder, she never put aside her appetite for baking. In , Julia decided to turn her passion into her profession by enrolling in the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts.
She graduated valedictorian, receiving the coveted M.
The Food Network has broadened people's exposure to food Cookie Swap offers a range of things that are easy and quick Cookie swapping, Usher muses, evokes warm memories of communal baking, of traditions like family dinner, and, most important, of the art of sharing. What I make is gifts to those I give it to Everything is made from scratch, from high-quality ingredients, and I spend a lot of time on the decorative element.
When it comes to crafting cookies and the get-togethers that celebrate their sharing, there are no limits to Usher's imagination.
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Cookie Swap features more than 50 recipes for everyone from the beginner to the seasoned pastry chef, in addition to craft projects that complement the culinary creations think unique party favors, invitations made from dishtowels, and "constructions" like cookie garden pots and birdhouses, gingerbread May Day baskets, and wedding cake cookie-toppers.
Cookie Swap isn't all artistic concept, though. True to her other, more analytical side Usher's first job was as a mechanical engineer , Usher also breaks down the process of hosting a cookie swap. She offers a down-to-earth, one-step-at-a-time guide to sending out invitations, baking the goods, putting together the main event, and everything in between.
Usher advises the aspiring cookie swap host to take a three-pronged approach: "select a theme" for the event, "focus on the defining details," and "distinguish the details. Once you've identified the details you plan to develop, it's time to unleash your creativity.
Don't forget: your party is more likely to be over-the-top if the details stand out as meaningful expressions of yourself.
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For Usher, nothing may be more of an expression of her own self than Cookie Swap , a book rooted in the principles she first learned in her mother's kitchen in the family's circa North Guilford farmhouse. When she was a young mom she really tried to replicate that lifestyle" evoked by the family's rural homestead. Usher's mother reenforced in her daughter "that there's integrity to the ingredients Incorporating these lessons into her life and, now, into her book, is "really why I like doing what I do," says Usher.
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