Guest Post: Sharlie's Treats: Thoughtfully Made Artisanal Treats
And my water broke!...I had another month planned to work before the birth of my first baby, but at 31 and a half weeks pregnant, I was put on bed rest and that was the end of my time cooking at the restaurant...at least for a little while ;)
3 healthy and energetic sons later, I was crazy and determined enough to officially start Sharlie’s Treats this summer of 2017. Thoughtfully made artisanal treats. Made with no artificial coloring. All natural ingredients. This is something that I had been wanting to do for a very long time, and I feel so fortunate to take the opportunity to do it now.
My background is mostly in COOKING savory foods. I attended culinary school in New York City, and worked and volunteered at various restaurants and well-known events in the city. I came back to Salt Lake City and was very fortunate to work at great fine-dining restaurants here.
I currently start my work day in my Cottage Food facility after we put all 3 of our boys to sleep around 7:00pm. Usually my second son insists that he is not tired, and watches me bake through the stair railings until he falls asleep on the steps. Zzzzzzzz….
Because of my children, I started to be more conscientious about the quality of ingredients that I use in my cooking. The main reason why I don’t use artificial food coloring, without going into a health lecture, is because it has been found to cause a variety of negative health effects.
But the added bonus of not using artificial food coloring is that it’s a fun challenge to figure out how to MAKE the colors with REAL foods. It sure is more time consuming, but I really do enjoy the challenge to be more creative.
When I think of flavors, I like to go to the store and imagine how that vegetable can become a cookie. Or even better…how my DINNER can become a bite-sized yumminess. Since I am technically trained in mainly savory cooking, that is where I tend to find my inspiration…in my own cooking, then I attempt to transfer that into my baking.
I feel that Salt Lake City is ready for something different. In the city that loves their sweets, I feel there is a need for desserts that are LESS sweet, MORE savory and that enlightens your imagination. When you want to awaken your taste buds, you now know where to go!