My name is Sydney Adams. I am a native Tucsonan, locally educated all the way through the University of Arizona where I received my Bachelor of Science degree in 2017.
My family has ALWAYS been interested in food and recipes, my great-grandmother and grandmother especially; where they were known for their many homemade pastries, cakes and pies. That became my interest and passion as well.
I have always found it fun, relaxing and satisfying. I take pride in every culinary creation I make, regarding them as art but meant to be consumed of course!
The greatest compliment I’ve ever been given was from my grandmother who said “Your pies smell and taste exactly like mine.”
My handmade pies are simply the best because I learned from the best!
Where it All Began . . .
Patricia “Pat” Finney, my grandmother, was born in Chicago Heights and raised in St, Anne Illinois. She has always loved to cook, especially bake! For years, her family has hailed her as the “pie queen” for good reason–hers are delicious! She taught me just how to make these pies, starting with a crust made entirely from scratch.
They are indeed a specialty!
In 1979, my grandmother was one of over 500 entries for Parade Magazine’s Family Weekly Neighbor’s Recipe contest. She won first place with her chocolatey Texas Sheet Cake along with $100 and a cookbook. She was nominated in Kankakee, IL as their “Taste of the Town” and from that day on, everyone has called it . . .