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Category: Baked

Our Five Most Popular  Christmas Cookie Recipes Ever!  Plus one…

Our Five Most Popular Christmas Cookie Recipes Ever! Plus one…

If you are going to the trouble of making Christmas cookies, why not make the best Christmas cookies any one ever tasted?  Since I live with one of the great Cookie Bakers of all time, it wasn’t exactly easy to come up with this list.  […]

Pistachio and White Chocolate Cheesecake from "Baked Occasions" by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito

        Solomon and The Queen of Sheba as painted by Piero della Francesca Nobody seems to know why, but February 26th is World Pistachio Day.  The day even has its own website: www.worldpistachioday.com And, as the site points out, it’s hard to […]

Where to find the Best Lobster Roll in the whole country, the best Baked Goods in New York City and how to get there for Free!

         Earlier this spring, Andrew and I set off on one of our city adventures.  We headed to Red Hook, Brooklyn, known to be a hipster haven and now, sadly, likely better known for having been flooded out by Hurricane Sandy.  The place took a […]

Presenting "The Aunt Sassy", Pastachio Layer Cake from Baked Explorations

It’s been too long since we shared a terrific baking recipe with you. For that I apologize. But after our Christmas baking binge, our house baker has been taking a long rest.  In truth, all our baking is done out at the Beach.  And for […]

Thanksgiving 101 Pumpkin Whoopie Pies from Baked’s Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito

Thanksgiving Desserts at our house From left to right: Caramel Apple Pie, Sables, Pear and Honey Cake, Southern Pecan Pie, Chocolate Tart            Chewing the Fat gets regular read-outs of what people are looking at and searching for most.  It came […]

Baked’s simply incredibly delicious Sweet and Salty Chocolate Cake

There’s a new shop that just opened practically across the street from us.  Across town, on the East Side, it’s called “The Best Chocolate Cake in the World”.  Somehow, on the West Side, it’s morphed into “Choco Bolo” (2058 Broadway between 70th  and 71st  Streets). Perhaps the […]

New York-Style Crumb Cake from Baked Explorations

Crumb Topping Actual Size    Those boys from Brooklyn, Renato Poliafito and Matt Lewis, are no strangers on Chewing the Fat.  We just can’t get enough of their spectacular baking recipes from not one, but two great cookbooks: “Baked” (Stewart, Tabori and Chang 2008) and “Baked Explorations” (Stewart, […]

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies from Baked’s Matt Lewis and Renato Poliofito

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies from Baked’s Matt Lewis and Renato Poliofito

Renato (L) and Matt outside Baked in Red Hook Brooklyn         I am sure there are any number of readers who don’t believe Andrew cooks anything that isn’t from Baked, the Brooklyn bakery we’ve raved about before.  Now into their second cookbook, Baked’s founders really […]

“Baked” Brownies

Renato (left) and Matt        I would have to say that Andrew is not ‘a gusher’.  He is not a person who cares much about celebrity.  And because we live around an awful lot of them, a Seinfeld sighting or showing a property to […]

Peanut Butter and Banana Cream Pie

        The boys at Baked, Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito, were inspired to create this dessert by the King himself.   Elvis’s obsession with Peanut Butter is well known.  I first read about it when my friend Yvonne gave me “Are You Hungry Tonight?” by the […]

Lemon Lemon Loaf, a Lemon Pound Cake from “Baked” And a reminiscence about Sara Lee

        There’s something amazingly satisfying about a simple pound cake.  Especially when it’s perfectly made, as were these by Andrew.  The ‘crumb’ of the cake gives it a richness and depth of flavor that’s unlike any other cake.  Infused with lemon flavor and enriched with […]

Lemon Lime Bars

          I know I’ve mentioned Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito before.  They’re two of my heros because they fled the Advertising business for a bakery in Red Hook, Brooklyn and haven’t looked back.  Instead, they’re the authors of one of Andrew’s go-to sources for […]

Black Forest Chocolate Cookies

      To add to the growing list of great cookies to bake this Christmas, I almost overlooked these beauties.  They are so luscious and deeply chocolate tasting. And that’s before you get to the secret ingredient inside.  Put these on your must-bake list. […]