All posts by Kelley Ruhl

Kelley Ruhl

About Kelley Ruhl

A new baker in town, getting to know the local bakers and bakeries. Always searching for the perfect cupcake, bread, cookie or pie. Eager to share my insights and reflections on what it takes to be a baker and what Portland has to offer the baked-good obsessed.

White Bread 101

I promised a bread making blog last week, so here it is! This is not a recipe for bread, because you can find that anywhere. This will give you techniques, tips, and insights into bread making. There are also a plethora of variations for a loaf of white bread, but in its simplest form it […]

Breakfast at Union Bagel Company

I’ve been joking around with my mom that I’m going to need an expense account to support the research that goes into this blog. Luckily for me, she was visiting this weekend and happily sponsored this week’s tasting at Union Bagel Co. I had walked by their shop many times on my way out to […]

The one with the Baked Oatmeal Muffins

I have been called a picky eater in so many different languages, that I’ve lost count. There are a few foods, however, that I am inexplicably drawn to. Popcorn, bananas, and oatmeal. I could eat these three things every single day and never tire of them. I am, however, always looking for new ways to […]

Rosemont Market & Bakery – Currant Scones

I strongly believe that the experience you have with food can be influenced by the environment you are in when you eat it. Imagine it’s a frigid, blustery day in January and you have just bought a muffin at the local bakery on your way to work. You’re rushing down the street trying to get […]

So you want to be a Professional Baker?

I’ve had a lot of people ask me how to become a professional baker. How do you take it from a hobby, to something you get paid for? How do you break into the restaurant, catering, or private baking scene? I think it’s important to ask yourself a few questions before you proceed.  First, how […]

Standard Baking Co; anything but standard!

Nestled down by the wharfs off Commercial Street, Standard Baking Co couldn’t be farther from standard. Open the door and you’re greeted by the warm smell of yeast and the soft undertones of baked sugar. A covered counter, piled high with French pain au chocolat, brioche bursting out of it’s cup, individual fruit tartlets with […]

Dessert First!

I had the privilege of attending the first ever Dessert First dessert expo and cupcake competition this past weekend at Portland’s Italian Heritage Center. I can say that it was as tasty as it sounds! With dessert vendors, whoopie pie trivia, and a cupcake challenge, this event was a great source of entertainment and sweet […]

Introducing Out of the Oven

Kelley Ruhl

It’s amazing how dashing through a hail storm at 4:45 am causes you to pause for a moment and reflect on your life. Specifically, how did I get here?   For me it started almost eight years ago. I was fresh out of high school and thought I had my life figured out. I had […]