I’ve had the insomnia bad lately, meaning I’m in bed Wikipedia-ing the crap out of just about everything. Amur tigers, Russian Nesting Dolls, the Republic of Malta, the pre-Presidency life of Rutherford B. Hayes — I am an expert on all of those things now.
Most importantly, I’ve learned that Rutherford B. Hayes may have been the hottest president in American history, and none of us had any idea. Sorry about that, Mr. Ghost President.
Second most importantly- I’ve learned quite a few things about our cookbook, as I’ve also been obsessively Googling and searching the recesses of the internet for positive mentions of it, because like most 33-year old women I’m self-conscious of everything I do and am desperate for the validation and love of total strangers. This is why I can never settle for writing a recipe that’s “just ok”, or write a book that wimps out and includes only one reference of butthole bleaching.*
*authors note: This is one of the only moments in the book where I chose to use a clean word rather than its more common and dirty cousin because — hey! — alliteration!
Things I learned about our cookbook (so far):
-It was listed by People Magazine as one of the best cookbooks of 2013 for their holiday gift guide! Also, the word “People” is one of those words that looks less and less real the more you look at it. Go ahead and stare for a bit- you’ll see what I mean in about 15 seconds or so.
-We still have a close-to-perfect review on Amazon, if you don’t count the people who have called me “vulgar” and “completely inappropriate”, which, for the record, is now how I describe myself on my business cards.
Point is, no matter where you bought the book from, a kind Amazon review would be appreciated.
-I was on the Chef Jamie Gwen radio show this past weekend and totally missed it. This was something I recorded a few months ago, and Jamie could not be a nicer person, so I was a little bummed about not being able to tell you guys in time. But then I realized you can download all her shows over her website, so everyone wins!
-We were also gushed over by Bridgeport Connect of Bridgeport, West Virginia. So now not only do I know that Bridgeport, West Virginia exists, but I also know that they are home to one of only two bridges that still stand in Harrison county (Thanks, Wikipedia!).
-And tonight (Tuesday) at 6:30 pm, I will be speaking and selling books at the Mid-Manhattan Library on 5th Avenue and 40th Street. It looks as if they’ve given me two hours of time to fill, so I’m not really sure how I’m going to fill it quite yet. I guess if you’re not even really into books, but have questions about tigers or Malta or butthole bleaching, this could be a very special night for you.
Now here’s this weeks menu as can be found at our commissary shop at 9009 5th Avenue! We’ve also got a few extra things over there, because it’s our shop and we can do whatever the hell we want. And as always, things are subject to sell out, so if you really want something specific call ahead and place an order.
Hot Toddy: Honey whiskey soaked cake, whiskey cinnamon buttercream, candied lemon
Dark Chocolate Dulce: Dark chocolate cake, dulce de leche buttercream, ganache, sea salt
German Chocolate: Chocolate cake, salted caramel buttercream, roasted coconut
Dread Pirate Roberts: Brown sugar cake, honey rum & spice buttercream, rum glazed bacon
Tarte Bourdaloue: Pear cake, almond buttercream, white wine poached pear, roasted almonds
Cinnamon Bun: Cinnamon spotted cake, cream cheese buttercream, cinnamon butterscotch
Bea Arthur: Black coffee chocolate cake, cheesecake buttercream, espresso ganache
Betty White: Brown sugar cake, cheesecake buttercream, lingdonberry preserves
Classic Sea Salt
The Moverley: Scotch whiskey, walnuts, espresso
Pies (available Thursday-Sunday)
Chocolate Cream Pie: chocolate budino, mascarpone chantilly, chopped Belgian chocolate
Shandy Pie: lemon and lager custard, beer caramelized lemons
Dark Chocolate Almond
Coconut Cream Macaroons (gluten free)
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip
Classic Vanilla Marshmallow
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake: chocolate chip cookie base, cheesecake, chocolate fudge, chocolate chip cookie
Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake: hazelnut crust, chocolate hazelnut cheesecake, Nutella frosting (gluten free)
Breakfast Items (Tuesday-Friday)
Tea by Tiffany
Robicelli’s Signature Hot Cocoa
Cinnamon Bun Coffee Cake: brown sugar cake, gooey cinnamon sugar swirl, brown sugar cinnamon crumb, cream cheese icing
Banana Bars: Banana cake, chocolate banana chip streusel, salted caramel