Everyday we learn, and must appreciate, how delicate life is. Earlier this week, Lisa Cifelli, the co-founder of the Daring Baker’s, suddenly passed away. She was 46 and was scheduled to have back surgery today. Too young, too early.
In 2006, Lisa (La Mia Cucina) and Ivonne (Cream Puffs in Venice) started the DB’s after the both of them got together and used the same pretzel recipe and posted the results on their respective blogs. They had so much fun they chose another recipe the next, and so on, and so on, and so here we are today.
I had the pleasure of “working” with her over the past few months while I prepared for my hosting stint of the Daring Baker’s, posting later this month. It is a bittersweet honor to be the last host with her at the helm. She was extremely encouraging, sharply funny, and seemed to answer my emails with almost lightening speed. Her organization skills seemed mystifying and I always looked forward to her enthusiastic introduction to each monthly challenge.
Since I discovered the Daring Bakers it has been an incredible journey of international delights and I am constantly amazed and in awe of the talented bloggers (and non-bloggers) who participate in the challenge. I’ve missed a few months here and there but overall it has been a great learning adventure and I look forward to all of the upcoming challenges.
What is there to say other than Lis will be sorely missed by all Daring Baker’s and Daring Cook’s everywhere. Let us all honor her by continuing the DB legacy for years to come. Bake On!
Swiss Roll Ice Cream Cake
Ice Cream Petit Fours
Meringue Coffee Cake
Edible Containers with Maple Mousse
Marquise on Meringue
Armenian Nazook and Nutmeg Cake
Swedish Princess Torte
I baked a batch of macarons today in her honor…