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About Me


Growing up in the Midwest, I had a warm childhood centered around family and friends. Many of my first memories center around Jewish food and the traditions of Jewish holidays. I was never someone who thought that they would live more than a few hours drive from their family....


Fast forward to college and I spent four years in Ann Arbor, MI (Go Blue!) before moving to Philadelphia for an internship after graduation. Philadelphia is only about a 90 minute plane ride from Chicago, but it could have been oceans for how nervous I was. Living in Philadelphia, I made incredible friends and ate even more incredible food.


Fast forward another few years and I found myself accepting a job in Los Angeles, a city that I had sworn I would never live in. The West Coast felt like an alien planet to me compared to the Midwest, someplace fake and not genuine like where I grew up. Then I found the haven of The South Bay, a few quiet beach cities where it felt like a little slice of the Midwest in Southern California.


All this to say, this blog is a curation of me and my many homes around the United States: Skokie, Evanston, Glencoe, Ann Arbor, Philadelphia, Redondo Beach, and San Diego! 

Marissa (Wojcik) Dates

Things I Do

Culinary Content

Looking for someone to add new and innovative recipes to a website, blog, or magazine? Let's chat! 

Online and Offline Classes

Never baked a babka before? Want a good excuse to gather with friends? Book a babka class! 

Speaking Engagements

Want to host a program at your synagogue, community center, or conference? Bring me along! 

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