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Meet the Bakers

Here’s your chance to get to know the three lovely ladies behind the “Marist Bakes A DifferenceGreat American Bake Sale event.




The Basics

Hometown: Haskell, NJ

Major: PR

Minors: Business and Global Studies

Studied abroad in: Florence, Italy, Fall 2010

Career aspirations: I’d like to work in nonprofit public relations, either in private healthcare, like a hospital, or in large national charities that do fundraising, like Share Our Strength!

What You Really Want to Know

Chocolate or vanilla: Chocolate, dark.

Dessert you are known for: My red velvet cupcakes are famous at Marist, but at home my mom and I are famous for our cheesecake.

Guilty pleasure: Nutella. Having the jar in front of me is dangerous!

Most underrated baking ingredient: Salt. Adding a pinch to an 1/8th teaspoon of salt brings out the sweetness in dessert!

Food idol: Ina Garten. Although she’s received a lot of negative press lately, her Food Network show and cookbooks are simple, yet absolutely perfect.

5 things to have when stranded on a “dessert” island: Dark chocolate, lemon meringue pie, whipped cream, crème brulee and kettle corn popcorn.

Dessert you fell in love with in Italy: Affogato. In Italian, it means “drowned,” and traditionally the dessert is a scoop of gelato drowned in espresso. I had it at this famous gelateria where the gelato was submerged in thick, Italian hot chocolate. So amazing!

Affogato. Photo courtesy of




The Basics

Hometown: Cromwell, CT

Majors: PR and Advertsing

Minors: Psychology and Global Studies

Studied abroad in: Florence, Italy, Fall 2010

Career aspirations: To be happy. Stop with this future talk! I’d like to work for a non-profit organization in public relations and special event coordination. (Or to be a weather girl.)

What You Really Want to Know

Chocolate or vanilla:  CHOCOLATE

Dessert you are known for:  Christmas fudge

Guilty pleasure: Soft-serve

Most underrated baking ingredient: Oatmeal or graham crackers

Food idol- My mom and Grandma Sacco

5 things stranded on a “dessert” island: Ice cream sundaes, anything with a crumb topping, granola clusters, cookie dough & dark chocolate.

Dessert you fell in love with in Italy- Gelato. Any flavor. Also, their thick hot chocolate- cioccolato caldo!

Gelateria Grom -- The Marist abroad student's Florence-equivalent to Mecca... at least according to us three! Photo courtesy of




The Basics

Hometown: Hopkinton, MA

Majors: Journalism and Spanish

Studied abroad in: Madrid, Spain, Academic Year 2010/11

Career aspirations: To be the editor of a bilingual magazine!

What You Really Want to Know

Chocolate or vanilla: Chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate CHOCOLATE!

Dessert you are known for: In high school I found this amazing recipe for Mexican Chocolate Icebox Cake. I am drooling just thinking about it.

Guilty pleasure: Brownies, the more gooey, the better. Seriously, do not leave me alone with a plate of those. Ever.

Most underrated baking ingredient: It’s safe to say I am obsessed with walnuts. My housemates and my poor parents can definitely attest to that. (Sorry, Mom.)  A close second would be coconut. And when the two are combined with chocolate… heavenly!

Food idol: Whatever cookbook or food blog happens to be open at the time. The kitchen is like my playground. I think I get that enthusiasm from my parents, especially my Dad.

5 things stranded on a “dessert” island: Walnut brownies, ice cream, cookie dough, red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting and blueberry pie.

Dessert you fell in love with in Spain: Don’t get me wrong, churros and hot chocolate are great. But you haven’t experienced a true Spanish dessert until you’ve had porras and hot chocolate. To the untrained eye, porras are just a bigger, fatter version of churros. And I agree, they are bigger and fatter. But they are also more delicious. The dough is so much more.. dough-ier, which just enhances the whole experience.

Churros vs. Porras. The churros are so tiny compared to the porras! Photo courtesy of

Does all this talk about desserts and baked goods make you feel hungry? Hungry to make a difference, that is.

We’d love your help at our bake sale on Nov. 2. Email us at to sign up to bring a baked good, to work one of our tables for an hour, or… BOTH! For such a great cause, we need all the help we can get!


The Waiting Game

It’s been a painful couple of weeks. We feel like we haven’t been too productive. College Activities is true to its reputation as taking a long time responding back to student e-mails.

But on the bright, sprinkled cupcake side of life…

Campus Ministry has agreed to team up with us for our bake sale! We have an official date for our event. Our bake sale will take place on Weds. Nov 2. We will selling enough baked goods to satisfy any sweet tooth, from about 11-5.

We’ve also got a few selling locations. We are going to target the academic buildings for the adult workers. We got some great advice from Campus Ministry’s Brother Frank about avoiding the Champagnat breezeway. What freshman carries cash on them these days? We certainly didn’t when we were freshmen, and we really appreciated this advice.

So, instead of putting all of our eggs in the Champ breezeway basket, we will only be selling there for an hour or two, 11-1, during which is when the Run/Walk for Hunger will be taking place. Selling in the breezeway during this time will allow us to take advantage of the masses of people, young and old, students and otherwise, who gather to participate in the walk.

Crowds of students, faculty and community members gather outside the Champagnat breezeway tor Campus Ministry's 2010 Run/Walk for Hunger. Photo courtesy of

We are also waiting to hear back from College Activities about our other proposed selling locations. We want to sell cupcakes in Donnelly by the main entrance, in the green between Dyson and Lowell Thomas and by the underpass.

Once we get these confirmations, our capping project will really take off. Pretty soon it will be time to recruit volunteer bakers from Marist and the community. Even though we’re playing the waiting game, we really have accomplished so much in a short amount of time. Time for a celebratory slice of apple pie!

Hello World!

Welcome to our blog! We’ll tell you a little bit about ourselves. We are all seniors at Marist College. Lina is a PR major and the mastermind behind this project. Lindsey has a double concentration in PR and advertising. Molly is a double major in Journalism and  Spanish. We are  working as a team to complete our Senior Capping Project and have created this blog to track our progress.


Our mission is to inspire national service involvement on the Marist College campus. We aim to go beyond local boundaries and reach out to national non-profit organizations working for recognizable causes. The goal is to motivate our fellow students and the surrounding community to work for change throughout the fifty states. It is our aspiration to not only create a sense of unity, but establish a positive name for Marist College across the country through our service to various well-known and meaningful non-profit organizations.



We are creating a movement–a Marist movement–that will get people on campus involved in charities across the nation. Our movement will be called “Marist to the Rescue – A Campaign for National Service.” Our focus charity for this first time through will be the Great American Bake Sale. Bake sale, you ask? Yes, yes and yes, we say. The Great American Bake Sale takes place all over the United States. Individuals organize bake sales in their communities to raise money and end childhood hunger.


We are hoping to team up with Campus Ministry, one of the largest organizations on the Marist campus. Campus Ministry is involved in all sorts of service projects, which is why we were naturally drawn to the idea of pairing up with them. Also, November happens to be National Hunger Awareness Month, and one of Campus Minstry’s largest fundraisers is the Hunger Walk. We are hoping to collaborate with Campus Ministry on the day of theirRun/Walk for Hunger (Nov. 2) and hold our bake sale that very day, around the crucial transition times between classes. Because of the event, there will be an even greater flow of traffic passing by our various bake sale stations.


We’ve reached out to both Campus Ministry and College Activities, the two most important relationships to have established. We need Campus Ministry to help prepare baked goods and staff our tables during the bake sale, and we need College Activities to approve the on-campus locations of our bake sale. There are also some special rules we must abide because this is a charity event, but those will be explained in detail when we meet with College Activities.

Once we get past these two first meetings, things will start getting more hectic. But for now, we wait…

Waiting outside New York's famous Magnolia Bakery. Photo courtesy of