Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hello Trader Joe's Shoppers! Today, share the good, the bad and the so-so of TJ's "Out of this World Pizza Edition" Fearless Flyer


New York is a pizza town. Just ask our recently elected mayor, Bill di Blasio.  Shortly after he took office, he travelled to Staten Island, a borough well-known for the stuff, where he took out a knife and fork to eat his pizza.  You would have thought the man had committed an impeachable offense.  It must have been particularly hard on the mayor whose Italian credentials are impeccable. He was born Warren Wilhelm Jr.  He changed his name to incorporate that of his mother becoming first Warren di Blasio-Wilhelm and later just Bill di Blasio. His mother was one only two Italian Americans in her Smith College class of 1938.  And he speaks fluent Italian.  But when he chose to eat pizza with a knife and fork, they almost ran him off Staten Island.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Martha Stewart's Pear Spice Bundt Cake

         This past weekend, Andrew finally made it out to the Beach for the weekend.  The Real Estate selling season in New York has made it just about impossible for him to take time here since President’s Day.  To Andrew, a weekend in the country means a chance to bake.  And Saturday he chose to make a cake that would make a wonderful addition to a Passover Seder or an Easter Dinner table. I know I'm too late for Passover but this is in time for Easter.  Ripe pears are combined with a set of spices to create a lushly moist, honey and brown-sugar cake that’s then topped off with two toppings: A cream cheese glaze with a hint of lemon and pear ‘chips’ that are as pretty as they taste.  It’s from “Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook” (Clarkson Potter), her 2005 ode to all things sweet.