Scoutin’ it Out

Il Laboratorio Del Gelato

While it has finally dropped those few more degrees necessary to bring us into weather necessitating a scarf, hat, and gloves at times, my mind has been on an equally frigid dessert experience I had back in May when the temperature was going in the reverse direction. My parents were in town to move me […]


Despite having some strong Italian ties on my Mother’s side of the family and a passion for Italian entrees, I have never gotten properly acquainted with Italian pastries. In all the walks I’ve taken through little Italy, I’ve never dropped by a bakery to pick up some cannoli (or even a singular cannolo), rainbow cookie, […]

Little Cupcake Bakeshop

There was a period of time in popular western baking culture where the cupcake seemed to be reigning supreme. You want to be the hot new shop in the area and get your 15 seconds of fame? Start a cupcake shop! Cupcake recipe books littered the shelves of a bookstore’s cooking section. Birthday and even […]

Frosting vs. Icing

There is a certain kind of person I have never understood from the earliest days of having cupcakes in class for someone’s birthday: the kind of person who takes a cupcake and scrapes the frosting off, either pawning it off to one who will enjoy it, or thoughtlessly throwing it into the trash. The kind […]


Sundays in New York City are for bagels and lox. I try my best to abstain from the bready breakfast food for six whole days so that on the seventh I may indulge in brined salmon, cream cheese, and red onion between an everything bagel as I walk through a park or on my way […]

Four & Twenty Blackbirds

I love oats. They’re a great way to start a cold fall day in the form of oatmeal with some apples or berries mixed in and a little cinnamon dusted on top, as well as a welcome ingredient in any sweet treat to close out the day. I learned this at a young age when […]