It’s been years since I did a Daring Baker’s challenge, but for a brief, short time, I was active with the group. I had all but forgotten about my stint with the Bakers until I saw a post on Facebook about one of the co-founders, Lisa Cifelli of The Daring Bakers, passing away suddenly and it made me think of all the last-minute, scramble-to-write-a-blog-post, so-I-could-hit-the-publish-button, just in time for the deadline back when I started this blog. And though I did not know Lis well, I remember her encouragement of all the bakers who were trying their hardest to make some pretty difficult (and ultimately rewarding recipes).
When I first started blogging I didn’t know what I was doing (though, to be fair, I still don’t know what I’m doing, I’ve just learned to hide my ignorance better). Then I stumbled upon Daring Bakers. Here was a community of bakers that all set out to create the same recipe and post about it once a month at the same time. I was astonished at the support, diversity and wealth of information that was in the community and I joined for a few rounds. And, truth be told, it was good excuse for me to make some desserts that I have always wanted to make but never got around to making. Panna cotta, donuts, a biscuit joconde imprime, British steamed pudding and my crowning achievement of a croquembouche all came from the Daring Baker’s challenge before I finally dropped off from the group, too busy with my own projects.
My first days of blogging are nostalgically tied to the Daring Bakers and, as a result to Lisa Cifelli as well. There are number of bloggers out there that are writing tributes to Lis and publishing it today. Follow the hashtag #tributetolis and #daringbakers on various social media outlets to read the impact Lis had on us all. The food blogging community lost a friend with her passing away and the universe is ever so slightly colder because of it. Rest in peace Lis. You’ll be missed.
Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says
Lovely tribute to Lis of The Daring Bakers, Irvin! I feel like I have missed out on so much by not having a food blog earlier. Wish I could have been a part of the group and known Lis. Thanks for sharing! xo
Well said, Irvin! x
Andrea Meyers says
Isn’t it amazing how many food bloggers have been part of or inspired by the Daring Bakers and the challenges? What a wonderful legacy Lis left for us.
We are all going to miss Lis – she touched so many of us at one point or another.
I completely forgot you were involved in the DBers — now I need to go back and look at your challenges. I miss those days, that my blogging in general will always be connected with Lis, and yes, she will definitely be missed. Nostalgia is the perfect word for it.
Joanne T Ferguson says
G’day and lovely tribute, true!
Amazing what Lis inspired in all of us worldwide!
It is bittersweet to read all of these wonderful tributes to Lis, shared one and feel glad and sad through each one!