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Halloween Recipe: Pumpkin Seed and Popcorn Brittle

Halloween Jack-o-Lantern Stop filching candy from your kids’ Halloween stash. Instead, while you’re trick-or-treating, bring along Pumpkin Seed and Popcorn Brittle by Chef Renee to munch on! on. Be careful! Even though these treats are kind of healthy, they’re sweet and rich—perfect for kids too! For more Halloween treats see Chef Renee’s recipe for Candy [...]

Upper West Side: Cupcake Cafe Crumbs Moves into Shiny New Digs on Amsterdam Ave.

Not able to resist an apparently unstoppable trend, New Yorker’s continue to wolf down cupcakes. In fact,the Upper West Side branch of Crumbs has moved into shiny new digs.  And the chain is expanding nationwide. In a recent story, the Wall Street Journal, wrote about New Yorkers’ obsession with the little frosted cakes.  Personally, I [...]

Where to Get Holiday Cupcakes, Gingerbread Houses and More at Upper West Side Bakeries

By Miriam Gottfried Upper West Side bakeries are ramping up for the holidays, adding various seasonal items to their menus. Here’s a look at the December goodies at a few of them: Bakery Soutine will be offering various gingerbread constructions, honey bourbon fruitcake, Royal Navy plum pudding, croquembouche and Buche de Noel. Buttercup Bake [...]

Magnolia Bakery Unveils Rockette Cupcake Timed for Radio City Xmas Show

Magnolia Bakery is going to kick up their cupcake selection this holiday season with a Rockette Red Velvet Cupcake.  Will the leggy ladies be baking Magnolia’s famed treats?  Not quite, but the bakery will be featuring the special showgirl-embossed cupcakes for the second year in a row at its Rockefeller Center locale during the annual [...]

Upper West Side: Michael’s to Offer Cake Decorating Classes

It isn’t exactly the French Culinary Institute, but for $27, you can learn the essentials of cake decorating at Michael’s new store on Columbus Avenue between 97th and 98th streets. The craft super-store will be offering beginner cake decorating classes starting Nov. 2. (See schedule below.) More advanced classes are on tap for December, says [...]