Growing up, my family was full of great cooks and bakers beginning with the Matriarch of our family my grandmother Ruthie Mae Vickers. She made everything from scratch and it was always, always delectable. She of course had plenty of practice with the 13 children she raised.
However, my grandmother was not the only inspiration when it came to fantastic cooking and baking. My godmother and aunt, Clara Vickers could make anything. Her food was always rich and you could always find homemade ice cream in her freezer. When I was a preteen, I called her because I needed some ideas for making Easter dinner for my mother and guests that were coming over for dinner. She gave me an entire menu, including a peach cobbler recipe.
Aunt Laura Vickers' specialty was german chocolate cake, I would usually enjoy more than my fare share during the holidays. Mrs. Bessie Fuller or Granny as we lovingly called her was my play grandmother who often served as my babysitter. I remember her always having a dessert ready for Sunday dinner as we often times ate at her house after church.
And last, but not least, my mother could make a scrumptious carrot cake. To this day, it is the best carrot cake that I have eaten. She would often cook and entertain a house full of people on holidays or special occasions.
But none of the great cooks ever introduced me or taught me how to bake a cheesecake. Cheesecakes have become my niche in the family. I remember enjoying the taste of cheesecake at a young age and also remember my mother purchasing for me a cheesecake recipe book. I baked my first cheesecake at about the age of 11 or 12. It was not the cheesecake that I have perfected today for Rachel's Delectables, but it was good.
Unlike my grandmother, aunts, granny and mom, I don't fancy myself as a great cook, but I love to bake and I enjoy looking at the faces of the people who eat the delectables that come out of my kitchen. I received my first cheesecake order before I ever thought about starting Rachel's Delectables. I made the cheesecake and delivered it in Greenville, South Carolina. The happy customer/friend shared it with others and I was quickly approached and informed by another prospective customer that he would pay $40 or $50 if I would make him one. This experience was the beginning seed that has grown into Rachel's Delectables.
Rachel's Delectables, LLC - 52 Riceville Road, D103, Asheville, NC 28805 (828) 301-2108