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What's cooking for 2004? Chef says it will be her pastries

Friday, December 26, 2003

Laura Huffman puts the finishing touches on one of her creations, a chocolate chip cheescake.

Laura Huffman is cooking up a new business in her own home, Princess Pastries.

Huffman is a graduate of Northview High School and and 11-year member of 4-H where she participated in cake decorating and foods. After graduating from NHS she attended Purdue University and earned a Bachelor's degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education.

She began Princess Pastries as a side project because she loves to cook and was frustrated that she had not found a teaching job. So, she started doing other things to keep her busy and one of them was baking snacks.

Her pastry enterprise includes a batch of recipes that she has altered to her own liking. Huffman says she can create her own recipe by using three or four different recipes as her guideline. From there she picks out what she likes from each recipe to create a new variation on something old and familiar. Huffman hopes to write her own successful cookbook.

What started out as something to pass her days away quickly snowballed into a small business. Many people began requesting her homemade goodies for their special events.

Huffman decided to reply to the increasing demand by creating a brochure featuring a list of her wares and prices. The chore of coordinating business cards, pink cake boxes and labels quickly followed.

"I just love to cook," Huffman said. "I think presentation is really important. I love putting everything on cakestands and setting them out."

Anyone interested in contacting Huffman may do so at princesspastries@yahoo.com or call 812-835-3353.

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