Welcome to Cranberry Walk!
I'm Valerie, the founder of Cranberry Walk, and I am so happy that you're here. As the recipe creator and of all things around here, I'm also the photographer, which I'm still trying to master, so I'm pretty much a work in progress. Since Every Recipe Has A Story, I love to share what motivated me to whip up one of my creations. Though they usually have something to do with my husband, Brad, or my sons Ethan and Steven.
Back in the day, little did I know that my love of baking would become such an integral part of my life. It all started with my Hungarian mom and my Italian dad celebrating their cultures through food. Every occasion required something delicious that would tantalize our tastebuds. I loved helping out when it came time for baking, especially cookies. And preparing these goodies was as much of an occasion as the celebration itself. Though It wasn't until I met my future husband, Brad, that I realized not all cultures spoke so loudly through food. I couldn't believe that food wasn't as much a foundation for him as it was for me. Since then, Brad has become my devoted taste tester and a great inspiration for all things delicious.
When I finished graduate school, I started a cookie business. I made a handful of cookies that I sold to gourmet markets. Eventually, I stopped baking commercially, put my degrees to use, and got a job in corporate America. Brad and I were married and started a family. Quickly, my two most fabulous customers became my sons, Ethan, and Steven. There has never been a day when they didn't embrace trying something new. I loved making their school lunches and cooking for a full house. Now, one is a college graduate and the other a college senior following their dreams, and I'm enormously proud of them. Although I miss making school lunches, I still love cooking for them any chance that I can.
Me and Rosie on Cranberry Walk.
This is where I cook.