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Rebekah Peppler is without a doubt at home in her mother’s kitchen in Oshkosh. Her movements practiced and sure, she mixes the batter for her newest creation — pumpkin cupcakes. On the counter behind her are chocolate chip cookies sprinkled with sea salt and a few freshly baked hazelnut butter cookies.

“It’s kitchen therapy,” Peppler said. “Anytime life gets overwhelming or if it’s simply been a long day, I head to the kitchen to recollect and re-center.”

These days baking is not solely done as a stress reducer for Peppler. Less than two years after graduating from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Peppler found a way to combine her passion for pastry arts and writing into a new career. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 2008 and, in 2009, graduated with a degree in the classic French pastry arts from the French Culinary Institute in New York City.

Now living in New York City, Peppler is working as a researcher for CBS News Productions on a project for the upcoming Scripps Cooking Channel. In addition, she works as a researcher and production assistant for New York producer Lauren Deen and Cake Productions. She also freelances as a food stylist for print and television and works as a writer, photographer, recipe developer and pastry expert for several popular food sites, including saveur.com, the Web site for Saveur, an award-winning food and travel magazine, and food2.com, an affiliate of Food Network.

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