Partners in sweets met at church, now cook up delights

by Betty Wrenn Day - Posted on Feb 12, 2014 - 02:43 PM
Photo: Kim Cortes, left, and Tiffany Steiger can make your Valentine’s Day the sweetest one ever. Photo by Betty Wrenn Day

Kim Cortes, left, and Tiffany Steiger can make your Valentine’s Day the sweetest one ever. Photo by Betty Wrenn Day

When two young ladies met at Newington Baptist Church, which they both attend, they soon learned that each had a love of cooking.
 
As they began to know each other better, Tiffany Steiger, who has lived in Gloucester all her life, learned that Kim Cortes, who has lived in Mathews since 1993, knew a great deal about baking and she wanted to learn more. They decided that “since God gave us this gift, we wanted to share it with others.” So for almost a year they have been putting together some tasty baked goods, including rolls.
 
Kim explained her love of baking. “My dad owned a bakery. I grew up with wonderful baked goods. I learned to cook from my dad and family members. My grandmother was a great cook. I guess the rolls are my favorite item to make. I use my dad’s recipe and the folks at the Courthouse Restaurant allow me to come in and use their commercial mixer, since the one I have at home is much too small.”
 
Tiffany says, “I just love to cook. Now if I have a baking problem, I’ll get on the phone and get in touch with Kim. My mom and grandmother taught me and from there it’s been trial and error. I think my favorite baking item is the lemon squares.”
 
Both of the entrepreneurs say they are not in business. Instead, “We just like to bake things for people.” When one can’t bake it the other will fill in. “We have gotten so many good compliments. It gives us the courage to keep it up.”
 
Kim has one daughter, age 3, and Tiffany has two daughters, ages 2 and 6. They say the children are usually in the kitchen with them and hope they have some good bakers coming along. The partners still find time for creating crafts. “Tiffany is an excellent seamstress—you should see what she can do,” Kim was proud to relate.