Welcome to Pies and Plots. I’m Laura Dembowski. I live in Southeastern Michigan, but I’m hoping to move somewhere warm and sunny year round one day soon. I’ve loved writing since I was a young girl. Whether I was writing in a journal or sending letters to friends and family, it came naturally to me. As I grew up, I fell in love with words, and while I even enjoyed writing school papers, novels were calling my name. Now at 23, I am working on my fifth novel. The fate of my third is in the hands of agents I’ve contacted. And the first two? Well, we’ll call them learning experiences for now.
The thing with writing is it’s a long, emotional, often not very fun process. So when I have writer’s block, am waiting to hear from a list of agents, or just received some bad news, I head to the kitchen. I don’t mind cooking, but my heart lies in baking. Most of my recipes come from the Internet or cookbooks, but as I have become more comfortable with baking, I experiment more frequently.
In 2007, I found out I was allergic to chocolate and cheese (I know, weird, right?). This means I don’t bake anything with these ingredients, but the awesome thing about baking is there are so many other great recipes out there, I no longer miss what I can’t have . . . most of the time.
Pies won’t be the only things I make on the blog because I don’t discriminate against sugary sweets, though they are one of my favorite things to make. Tons of baked goods, and probably a couple of savory recipes will fill the pages, along with updates on my writing, my adventures in fine dining and mail order foods, and maybe a couple other things.
Tips on how to freeze the baked goods will be provided for every freezable recipe (most of them). I love to freeze what I make; it allows me to enjoy more of it, and it lasts a surprisingly long time at an even more surprisingly high quality. Sometimes I’ve made something I’m not in love with, but a month later when it comes out of the freezer it seems to have a whole new life.
My mom is my best friend, baking partner, shopping buddy, and everything else a girl could ask for in a parent. Baking would be much harder and less frequent if I didn’t have her to help me. My dad waits for taste testing before he joins in the process.
When I’m not baking or writing, I’m a TV addict. It’s actually on when I’m baking and writing as well. I also love watching movies, going shopping, reading, seeing plays and musicals, and finding new and exciting things to do around town. I don’t eat out much, but when I do, it’s usually at a fancy place, whether it’s a new hotspot or an old favorite. I’m obsessed with makeup and nail polish and have a collection that keeps growing and would probably be impossible for me to use up in my lifetime, or even a couple of lifetimes.
Since I enjoy eating so much, particularly things that aren’t exactly great for me, I also love exercise. It keeps me sane, helps me think, and is one of the best parts of my day. I run and play active games on my Nintendo Wii. And yes, I usually watch Food Network when I’m torching calories.
I hope you’ll find inspiration for baking and writing here, but also for life in general. Pies and Plots is about more than just baking and writing; it’s about finding passions, expressing oneself, and more than anything else, following dreams. Let the journey begin!