About Katy:


As I’ve been running this blog for about six months, I think it’s finally time to write a slightly lengthier “about me” description!

I’m (still) a 26 year old attorney in Manhattan, and I suppose I can now call myself a fairly decent cook (as well as an enthusiastic farmer’s market groupie, and a delightful dinner-party host, if I do say so myself!).

Why did I learn to cook, being already a) busy as anything, and b) surrounded by amazing restaurants in New York City?  It was certainly not an impulse I’d harbored for the early part of my life — I was never a child who helped in the kitchen, preferring to spend my holidays lounging lazily on the couch or in front of the computer, rather than risk the hectic and frantic turkey-roasting or apple-pie-decorating that others in my family enjoyed so much.  But as I got older, I realized that it’s possible to cook the same way that I do most other things, in a relaxed, straightforward, non-frantic, and utterly enjoyable way.


It did not come easy.  For my first dinner party, I served frozen veggie burgers on storebought english muffins, with salad from a bag and dressing from a bottle.  And my guests sat around for half an hour before I realized I’d accidentally cut off the air supply to the grill, extinguishing the heat (whoops).  But, despite the mistakes, despite the humble (ok, pathetic) food, it was a great night.

So I tried again.  And again, and again, and again.  Sometimes with spectacular failures, but more and more with tasty and memorable successes.  And after each cooking, baking, or new ingredient discovery, I flooded my poor family and friends’ email-boxes with photos of my creations. 

And then, one weekend, I thought, why not start a blog?  I was already geting most of my recipes from other cooking blogs, why not add my own contributions to the mix?  And out of that whim, sugarlaws was born.


I have now posted over a hundred recipes, and a good portion of my nights, weekends, gym time, and lying-in-bed-trying-to-fall-asleep time is suddenly filled with imagining new recipes, or thinking of twists for classic dishes, or listing the traditionally “challenging” recipes that I can’t wait to try! 

More than I ever imagined before starting this little blog, it has become my favorite hobby — from the wonderful comments and helpful tips from those of you who read about what I’ve created, to the hair-pulling hours of attempting to format the backgrounds and layout of this site, and, above all, the countless afternoons and evenings in my little Manhattan kitchen, attempting to create dishes that are interesting, special, and above all, delicious.  I am loving every moment of it.

So, if you have read this far, that’s a little bit about me.  Any more questions?  Email me — I’m always thrilled to hear from you!  



63 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ben // Jun 15, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Just stumbled upon your blog while searching for buerre blanc and it looks great! I am currently a law student but my passion is cooking so it was great finding out you are an attorney!

  • 2 jason cairns // Jul 1, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    how did u get the sidebar to display your most recent posts with images and title?

  • 3 Amanda // Jul 5, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Katy, just found your blog and love it.  I am a 28 year old attorney also about to get married.  Congrats by the way, enjoy the day!  I definitely will be stopping by regularly for your recipes and musings 🙂

  • 4 Stacey // Jul 11, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    OH MY GOSH. I can not BELIEVE what an awesome find this website is!!!! GAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!! You’re an attorney, photographer AND cook?!! Amazing. I’m stupefied. This is going to my favorites, no doubt about it.

  • 5 petitecherie // Jul 18, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    As others, just googled cucumber gazpacho. I’m a science geek (80%+ of us are also music-heads or artists) who loves mentoring kids in math/science/music/art utilizing the ultimate applied math: cooking.
    No pretenses here: am a novice. My perception is some of the most interesting chefs/cooks, whatever initially trained in another field.  I’ve been blessed to live many places in the world though a native of East Hampton/Manhattan. I currently reside on the other coast. Love to live avariciously through others’ journeys. New to blogs, however…will have to figure out how/where to register/what’s avail, etc. Thanks for the pleasureable time I’ve had here this morning.

  • 6 Manasa // Aug 13, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Love your blog, and my friends and family love the results (especially the oatmeal lace cookies… wow!) So: thanks a bunch–and congratulations on your wedding!! All the best 🙂

  • 7 sharon // Sep 20, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Hello Katy (sugarlaws),
    I included the link to your recipe for Challah bread in my blog at http://www.sotsil.wordpress.com.  I said in that blog that you have such culinary talents that people would “salivate” about!

  • 8 Jen // Oct 5, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    I found your blog while looking for a dog biscuit recipe.  I’ve made 2 batches now and my dogs can’t get enough! Thanks.
    I have added you to my faves now, love the layout of your site.
    Cheers from Vancouver!

  • 9 Rosa Rassi // Oct 16, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Hello Katy, I was looking for a fresh pasta recipe and found your blog!  What a wealth of information and recipes.  I love the histories about the food and the beautiful pictures.
    I am making the Whole Weath Pasta this weekend and cant wait to try it.
    Thanks for sharing!

  • 10 veggie // Nov 7, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    You should really consider turning this blog into a book! I think it would be fabulous 🙂

  • 11 Meghan@traveleatlove // Dec 6, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    I just found your blog searching for whole wheat pasta recipes. I just love it!

  • 12 Blender Benefits // Dec 7, 2009 at 6:54 am

    I love the concept of this site. Absolutely crazy that you can manage a blog and practice law at the same time.

    I too am venturing into cooking after years of never helping in the kitchen as a kid. I will continue to follow your blog. Best of luck!

  • 13 Heather D // Jan 11, 2010 at 9:59 am

    I stumbled upon your blog, from a friend on facebook. I was looking for a good/healthy biscotti recipe and she recommended your blog. I must say it’s so ‘sweet’ =) I love what you’re doing I’ll be adding a link on our blog if that’s alright with you. Looking forward to reading your updates.


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