the girl behind the apron :

My name is Sarah Lillian Walbridge. I was born, and still live, in the sweet state of Kansas. Everything about Kansas is home to me.


I currently live in Wichita, KS and work in finance/accounting for a large private company. I love my job, though I often daydream about being at home in the kitchen.

Family is my cornerstone in life. I was blessed with two wonderful parents, now in different corners of the world. I have four nephews and three nieces, stemming from three siblings. We’re all Irish, and we like to have a good time.

My culinary experience isn’t vast by any means, but I’ve taken a handful of classes at which I’ve learned an array of skills and sipped far too much wine:

Kansas City Culinary

Handmade Ravioli with Chef Cody Hogan – March 2007
Pasta essentials, basic pasta dough, making pasta using a machine

Fundamentals of Cooking, Culinary Methods I with Chef Gary Hild – Sept. 2007
Sauteing, searing, braising, simmering

Cooking with Fish with Chef Gary Hild – March 2008
Ideal fish-cooking methods, salmon, scallops, halibut

Introduction to Sauce-Making with Chef Gary Hild – April 2008
Basic roux, basic brown and white sauce, cream sauce, hollandaise sauce

Cocoa Dolce

Chocolate-Making 101 – with Beth Tully, September 2010
Classic ganache, tempering chocolate, shaping and rolling truffles

Chocolate 102, Advanced Techniques – with Beth Tully, January 2011
Infusing chocolate, chocolate molds, cocoa butter transfer paper

Cake Stuff

Cake Decorating 101 – March 2011
Baking fundamentals, the Wilton method of cake decorating

I hope that through my blog, I am able to show you that we’re no different; we’re all home cooks, and we all experience the same struggles and achievements. If you’ve made the mistake, I can promise that I have too – or I will soon. Let’s hope I made the mistake before you, so I can write about it here and save you the hassle.

Thank you for spending a few moments listening to who I am, and don’t hesitate to contact me and let me know all about you. I love to make friends! Thank you for reading my blog, and please shoot me an email to let me know what you think – suggestions, complaints, whatever. I’ll do my best to keep this blog relevant and useful. And fun!

Sarah Walbridge
August 2013


3 Responses to the girl behind the apron :

  1. Kimberly Power says:

    Hey Sarah! I was just cleaning out my inbox, and found a email that Wesley had sent me about your blog. I had totally forgot about it till now. I’m excited to try some of your recipes. I’ve been on a kick the last few months, and have been trying to make new things in the kitchen. I’m not a very experienced cook, but I’m working on my skills. Wesley doesn’t complain, so I must not be too bad. : )

  2. I can personally attest that Sarah L. Walbridge (née Byrne) is a fantastic chef and a competent professional in the kitchen. I know, because I voraciously consumed anything and everything she prepared for me over the course of many years. True, a father arguably may be somewhat of a biased source, but when it comes to what goes in my mouth, I’m very objective. Even as I write, I find myself thinking of such delights as stuffed mushrooms – and a dozen other things. Oh, but that I lived closer to Kansas . . . Follow Sarah’s recipes, and you’ll leave your family and guests begging for more.

  3. Joan Tolentino says:

    When Sarah developed an interest in cooking, I wasn’t surprised at all that she intended to excel in the kitchen. After all, seafood and broccoli (little trees as she called them) were two of her favorite foods as a child. She has never been afraid to explore new tastes and make some inevitable mistakes but those mistakes spur her onto perfection. Her blog is such a joy to read and use plus I always enjoy how she incorporates her tastes into the creative recipes. Her cooking is a true reflection on who she is as a person – pays attention to the slightest details, interesting, willing to experience and accept failure in order to move toward an even better result, desirous of input from educators as well as the inexperienced, pride in what she produces, and always mindful of turning another page or looking in another direction to expand herself and her culinary interests. Cook on dear daughter and remember your followers are always looking forward to another addition to your blog and hopefully someday to taste something you’ve made!

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