The Boastful Baker

because every cook praises her own broth

About Me

My name is Melissa and I like food. A lot. I like to spend most of my nights and weekends eating food, cooking food, baking food, talking about food and reading about food. I even like to spend my work hours dealing with food.

Since college, nearly all of my jobs have revolved around food, starting with a part time job at a candy and gourmet shop in Williamsburg, Virginia. After that, I moved on to a local seafood restaurant. I stayed there for a number of years, working as a server, bartender and manager.

A few years ago, I left the restaurant business for a job with regular daytime hours and weekends off. However, I did not leave the food industry entirely. I now work for La Tienda, a Spanish food, wine and housewares retailer. Primarily an online business, La Tienda is based just outside of Williamsburg.

I got married in early 2011 and just a couple of months ago, my husband and I relocated to Charlottesville, Virginia – just a 2 hour drive from our old home in Williamsburg. I was fortunate enough to be able to keep my job in the marketing department at La Tienda despite the move and I now work remotely from my new home in Charlottesville.

I love being able to spend my work days thinking about food and at this point, I cannot imagine working outside of the food industry. In the way long term, I’d love to open a bakery or a restaurant of my own, but in the meantime I’ll just keep cooking and perfecting recipes for use in the distant future.

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  1. Hi there –

    I am getting in touch with you to invite you to check out our new food photo submission site, called . DessertStalking has been in operation for only a couple weeks, but it is growing fast, with more bloggers registering to make submissions every day. In addition, contributors are beginning to notice an increase in the number of visitors to their blogs. That means more new friends, and if you run ads, increased revenue, as well as the chance to further spread your particular point of view when it comes to making great food.

    DessertStalking is dedicated to the sweeter side of life – all sorts of desserts, treats, snacks and breakfast foods are welcome, as well as yeast and quick breads. I noticed that when I submitted dessert photos to the other submission sites, I got 3 or 4 times the hits as I did for savory submissions. People love desserts, and they love looking at great photos of the work of people who are creative in the kitchen, so why not a site that concentrates on goodies?

    I hope that you will stop by, take a moment to register and give us a try. Two things we ask: just one submission per post please, and only one submission every twenty four hours. Every accepted submission gets a tweet [follow us on Twitter: ], and if for some reason, your photo is not accepted, we will drop you a line to let you know why. Our submission guidelines are available on the site, along with answers to frequently asked questions. We try to get back to you as soon as possible, so don’t hesitate to send us an email if you have any questions. Hope to see you there soon!


  2. Hi there,

    we’ve recently launched the site where users can search through hundreds of thousands of recipes from American food sites and food blogs.

    We noticed that you have a great number of tasty recipes in your blog ( and we would like to suggest you have a look at our Top Food Blogs section here:

    If you want to add your food blog to the list and have your recipes indexed on all you have to do is follow the instructions here:

    Our concept is already live in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Spain, we deliver thousands of visitors to food blogs daily. Some of the top food blogs receive 20,000+ visitors from us on a weekly basis.

    Hopefully your food blog will be up there in the top!

    Warm regards,

  3. Hi,

    I’d like to inquire about doing a sponsored blog post – about 150-300 words that talks a little bit about fashion and links back to our site We sell womens casual clothing in Berkeley and Los Angeles, Califonia and are looking for more exposure on

    Here’s a list of some blog post titles we’ve done in the past:
    – What is Indie fashion?
    – The Latest Styles In Vegan Purses
    – Cute Indie Dress Styles For the Perfect Occassion
    Our budget is around $15 for the post. Is this something you’d be open to?

    Also we might be interested in a small banner ad if the price is right. Our budget is $40/year – something like this:

    Let me know if you’d be open to either or both of these.

    Also if you have some other sites just send them over and we might be interested in doing a sponsored post on there as well!



    • Thanks for the interest in my blog, but I’m really not interested in a sponsored blog post about fashion as my website is primarily about food.

  4. I recently came across a site They showed a photo from you of mini apple pies in small mason jars. Is there any way I could get your recipe? This would be great for Christmas dinner. Thanks so much!

  5. I have nothing to offer you! Just wanted to say I think it’s very cool that you work for La Tienda! I was one of their first orders after my daughter spent a summer in Spain!

  6. Hello-

    Giant Food has some exciting Own Brand products we wanted to send your way for a tasting! We believe that our products can go head-to-head with the national brands, and wanted to take this challenge to you, no strings attached. This includes Giant’s high-end natural and organic Nature’s Promise line and Simply Enjoy premium quality line of artisan-style foods.

    Are you are interested in receiving a gift bag with Giant private label products? If so, please let me know where we can send one.

    Additionally, Giant Food will be hosting a blind taste test event at 300 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002, location on Saturday, March 22nd at 2 p.m. to celebrate an upcoming promotion, Buy Theirs, Get Ours Free (details below). Would you be interested in attending the event and comparing Giant’s Own brand products with national brands?

    Buy Theirs, Get Ours Free: The weeks of 4/16 and 4/22, when customers purchase select national brand products, they will receive Giant’s Own Brands equivalent products for free. This deal hasn’t been announced yet, but I’m happy to share the specifics when they are public.

    Best wishes,


    David Bahr
    Account Executive
    Susan Davis International
    1101 K Street, NW, Ste 400
    Washington, DC 20005
    direct: 202.414.0773
    fax: 202.408.0876

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  7. God bless Pinterest! i’ve bumped into your blog… it’s AWESOME ! I’m completely speechless! I should take 3 days of to cheek all your great recipes!

  8. Hi,


    I am putting together a ‘Street Food magazine’ with 101 recipes from around the world (out on August 10) and I was hoping you might be able to provide a couple of yours. We would of course give you a full credit and direct readers to your media platform.

    Chicken enchilladas

    All we would need the recipes, image and the site where you would like us to direct our readers to…

    I hope this would be something of interest. I do have to get all the images and recipes to our designer by friday so I’m afraid I haven’t given a lot of notice!

    Anyway, I look forward to hearing from you and hope to see you in the magazine!



    Nick Gregory

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