Urban Farming

June 18, 2012

Every summer I try to expand the rooftop garden more and more, at least to give myself a little oasis in the middle of Manhattan. This season one of my favorite additions has been our blueberry bush. Just ripe enough to eat, I picked a batch of blueberries and decided to bake up some gluten-free muffins as an end of the weekend treat.

Blueberry muffins

Picking blueberries

Picking blueberries

Blueberry muffins


Easter Desserts

April 12, 2012

My parent’s house was a makeshift bakery this past Saturday. Filled with the aromas of melting chocolate, bread cooking in the oven, and bits of flour trailing around, the end result was well worth it. We baked the usual Italian chocolate filled cookies and banana bread to share with friends and family. Luckily they’ve lasted me through the week and I even have a loaf frozen. A great find and prop for the shoot was the 1950’s mixer I took home from my grandmother’s house. Still need to get it working, but for now, it’s a perfect vintage accent to keep as kitchen decor.

Chocolate filled cookies

Banana Bread

Chocolate Filled Cookies

My favorite dough

Banana bread

Cupcakes & Birds

June 26, 2011

My girlfriends and I reunited back in Syracuse yesterday afternoon for a bake off to prep for a baby shower. Leave it to Martha Stewart for some inspiration for these bird cupcakes with toasted coconut flakes as the nest and hand piped buttercream frosting for the birds. A lot of laughs, frosting covered elbows and 195 piped birds later, we had one adorable dessert.

Semi sweet chocolate chips and vanilla cupcakes

Toasted coconut flakes

Whipping up buttercream frosting and topping the cupcakes

Adding frosted birds

The finished cupcakes