HELPING FAMILY FARMS FLOURISH. HELPING FEED THE HUNGRY.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Peppermint Filling from One Girl Cookies


Our Taster couldn't get enough of
Andrew's take on these Whoopie Pies 
         Some of the nicest people on earth are food people.  I realize this every time I do a personal appearance for Monte's Ham at The Artisan’s Market at Williams-Sonoma. When I do one of these, Andrew scopes out all the other Artisans and has a terrific time sampling what's on offer--particularly the bakery items.   My fellow vendors are a giving and caring lot who share their recipes and their samples with great pleasure.  Even then, David Crofton of the Brooklyn bakery/cafes called “One Girl Cookies” stands out. That is not only because he is extraordinarily tall, he has a great sense of humor.  When I kidded him about standing under a banner reading 'One Girl', his retort was "Some Girl, huh?". (Some success "One Girl" is too.  After starting out in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn (68 Dean Street, Brooklyn 11201 Tel (212) 675-4996), there's a new One Girl at 33 Main St. (Corner of Water)(Tel: 347-338-1268) in Dumbo, which in case you don't live in New York, is a fantastic newly gentrified neighborhood "Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass".)

Monday, July 2, 2012

Asian Noodles with Roast Pork



Sandra Lee with another plate of
SemiHomemade food 
         My friend Barbara gets practically apoplectic when she hears the name “Sandra Lee”.   Whether this has anything to do with the “Semi Homemade” hostess’ debacle over something Ms. Lee called her “Kwanzaa Cake”, I am not sure.  But given that Anthony Bourdain referred to the recipe as “an edible hate crime”, it very might well be.  Ms. Lee’s confection consisted of an angel food cake with chocolate and cinnamon flavored vanilla icing, corn nuts, popcorn, pumpkin seeds and apple pie filling.  One reviewer told the tale of taking the cake to a party only to have her fellow guests gag and spit it out.  And Mr. Bourdain of the ‘edible hate crime’ label said “The most terrifying thing I’ve seen is her making a Kwanzaa cake. Watch (the video clip) and tell me your eyeballs don’t burst into flames. It’s a war crime on television.  You’ll scream”.  Apparently, it still makes Barbara scream every time she hears the woman’s name.