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Local Look:
The Baker Next Door

A series of detailed photographs
demonstrates the careful steps of a local baker.

January 19, 2017

Local Look

I decided to step out of the room where I do a lot of photography and push myself to try taking some photos outside of my little world. I didn’t have to go far – just next door, in fact.

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Janice Alesci was generous and willing to do some baking, going through the process while I pushed a button on a camera.

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She began making homemade cookies at the age of twelve with her grandmother in Borough Park, Brooklyn, NY. She would spend hours in the kitchen of her family home helping to prepare cakes, fruit pies and all sorts of cookies from scratch.

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“”I absolutely love what I do”. “I have a passion for baking and putting smiles on people’s faces. It’’s really a great feeling,”” Alesci said.

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Alesci has her tried and true recipes, but enjoys creating new ones. Her inspiration for these Orange Date Pecan Muffins came to her when she saw the gorgeous blood oranges while shopping at the Rillito Park Farmer’s Market.

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I’m grateful for her patience with me. Alesci held spoons, poured honey, cracked eggs, sliced and diced while I tried to remember to take the lens cap off.

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Many of the ingredients for these muffins are locally sourced. The eggs are from Mustang Mountain Farm; the flour from Country Harvest Pantry; the Blood Oranges from Super Natural Organics; the pecans and dates from Incredible Snacks.

Eggs from Mustang Mountain Farm; flour from Country Harvest Pantry; Blood Oranges from Super Natural Organics; lemons, pecans and dates from Incredible Snacks

I hope I showed some of the character of the muffins. Someone managed to get a big bite of one…

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Get the recipe for these Orange Date Pecan Muffins with Orange-Honey Butter here.


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