Winter Wonderland with Pastry Chef Instructor Kathryn Gordon

Working only with sugar, she created a fun, seasonal showpiece featuring classic sugar techniques. She demonstrated how to pour and cast sugar and how to aerate it so that it can be blown into round

Sweet Treats: Lady M

What’s a girl to do when she’s feeling glum while everyone else is off skiing or sunning with their loved ones? Eat cake of course! It struck me like a ray of sunlight on a gray winter day. Off we

Truffles, Truffles, Truffles

If you were thinking about honing just one new pastry skill this year, I would highly suggest putting truffles on the top of that list. These smooth, chocolaty drops of wonderment are sure to not only

Sweet Treats: A Tribute to the Bûche de Noël

It’s as if the Yodel went to France for the holidays, in a ball gown and tiara. In the classic style, it’s covered with coffee or chocolate buttercream which is combed to look like tree bark and then

Sweet Treats: Raaka Chocolates

At first, I was confused, it looked a bit like Mast Brothers Chocolates, but on closer inspection, it was a place I had never seen before, Raaka Chocolates. Truth be told, I then remembered walking

Sweet Treats: ChocoBolo —The Best Chocolate Cake in the World?

So a few weeks ago when they opened a location on the Upper West Side and rebranded themselves as ChocoBolo, I figured it was worth a shot. The kids had a day off from school so off we went. The shop

ICE Participates in 14th Annual Chocolate Show

This year, the show celebrated Broadway and acclaimed pastry chefs were tasked with creating costumes for some of Broadways’ most beloved characters. ICE Chef Instructors Michelle Tampakis and Vicki

Sweet Treats: Dominique Ansel Bakery

It’s like a brioche but better. Just slightly more cake-like, it’s more tender and sweeter than the average brioche, making it perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack. Luckily it also happens to

Unique Culinary Careers: Aviv Fried

In recent years, the food world has started paying close attention to sustainable, local, artisanal products as well as the impact of their food choices on the world around them. Aviv Fried certainly

Sweet Treats: A Gourmet Field Trip

I tried to give them a broad view of the many different kinds of venues there are and advice on how tasting a variety of treats can help them develop their own palates and ideas; however I think I

Gluten Free from Blackbird Bakery

The idea of feeling healthy while finding pleasure in food trumped eating pastel-frosted cupcakes from my favorite New York City bakery. I quickly changed my diet, swapping out whole-wheat pasta for

Cookies for Kids: A Bake Sale

Chef Instructor Melanie Underwood walked the class through an assortment of cookies from Gretchen Holt-Witt’s cookbook, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Best Bake Sale Cookbook. Every student in the class

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