Extracurricular Cool Women

If these women weren't cool enough, their hobbies just took them over the edge. See what these busy bodies do in their spare time.

rachel gladfelter
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    Sweet as Pie


    Profession: Associate director at Pace Prints in New York City

    Obsession: Baking pies (rachels-pies.com)

    When did you start baking? I've always baked. I grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania, where pies are the biggest thing ever. 
    First sale? November 2010. I sent an e-mail to friends and suddenly I was making 22 Thanksgiving pies!
    Pies per week? About 200 minis and eight bigger ones.
    When do you bake? On Saturday mornings from 1 a.m. to 7 a.m.
    Personal favorite? My classic apple pie.
    What's the secret? I mix tart apples, like Granny Smiths, and sweet apples, like Romes or McIntoshes.
    Tips for beginners? Use seasonal fruit. Don't add a lot of sweetener. Just let the fruits do what they do.
    Baking tunes? On a deadline, I pump up chick rock like Girl Talk. I wind down with Otis Redding or Al Greene.
    Why bake? I love seeing people's reactions when they try the pie. It tastes like home. — Marnie Hanel

    First stop: Get a baking dish. For a cheap but quality investment, try Pyrex (from $6).

    Rachel's key gear: Starfrit pro-apple peeler ($17); Marci Bykat custom ceramic plate (from $30).

    Caroll Taveras
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