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.
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.