Osaka, Japan

Fat Witch Bakery participated in an event at Hankyu Department Store in mid-May. It was exciting to be part of the New York Food Fair in Osaka, Japan.

Our booth was strategically placed at the entrance to the show.

Often the lines were 25 people deep. I drew the Witch face on this card over 1500 times!

We baked in Japan and created two special Witches for the event: Fat Witch Original with Oregon Hazelnuts and White Chocolate Witch with Maple. We sold them unwrapped. The demand for delicious was amazing!

Some of the things we sold are not available in NYC. Schedule an appointment at  to find out how to get this great stuff only in Japan.

We baked many Baby Witches. Customers were able to select the ones they wanted and put them into a gift box.

Everyday around 11:30am, the pizza man would perform to 60s-ish music. This guy was worth walking from our booth to see him “toss pizza dough.”

We also created a video that was projected on a huge wall near our booth. Thank you Hankyu Department Store!

I took one day off and went to Fushimi in Kyoto. The Torii path is fantastic. The shrines are protected by fox statues. For good luck, you can draw a face and hang it up. Fat Witch logo!
Don’t forget to bake this June.

Check out what’s in your stars!

Have fun this June,
The Witch </:)

Tokyo 2017

I returned from Japan 3 weeks ago. Some of my family came with me this trip and we had a great time. We started in Tokyo. Truth be told, I am intimidated by the enormity of this city.  New York has 8 million people; Tokyo is a city of over 13 million. Because it is so vast, we visited only a few places.

Of course we went to the Sky Tree. It was raining, but I was still terrified looking down from 350 meters.  Could not go near that window edge!

We took a harbor cruise of Tokyo Bay. I signed us up for the least expensive buffet dinner as I figured we would be more interested in the sights than the food. Fog blocked being able to see the Tokyo bridges and the food was terrible! This Witch does NOT recommend unless a clear, breezy, warm evening.

If you want to do another touristy thing, go to the Harajuku area, known for shopping. If the weather is nice, you will see local teenage girls on a bridge dressed as “dolls.”
The Harajuku area of Tokyo re-enforces the juxtaposition always prominent in Japanese culture: the refined and the crazy. When we were there it was raining, so no Harajuku girls.

We went instead to the Meiji Shrine, which is elegant and worth seeing. The first photo is clip art as I didn’t get a good shot of the shrine!

Scoop water over your hands to cleanse your soul like the locals. And… we were lucky to see a Shinto wedding pass by. 

On another day, we gazed at the Imperial Palace  and my favorite military sculpture  near the palace.

We took the bullet train from Tokyo to Osaka.  It is called the shinkansen in Japan. 200 miles per hour! Most locals go for the unreserved seats, but we had our tickets ahead of time.

I’ll write more about Osaka and Kyoto soon. I am going back to Osaka for an event mid-May.

Don’t forget to bake!

Check out what the stars say about your May!

The Witch </:)
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At Fat Witch, we bake like you do at home, just in bigger batches.

We use ingredients you can pronounce and know. BTW, we use American ingredients, from the chocolate (processed in USA) to the butter, eggs, flour and sugar. Since brownies are an original American recipe, we stay true to our base!

Baking is about precision. I was a young witch with arithmetic abilities. If you have not seen the movie, Hidden Figures — make it a priority. FYI, the first formula young Catherine Goble finished is true mathematics!

I hope you enjoy baking as much as I do. It’s why I wrote 2 cookbooks. I’ve shared what I know about baking brownies and bars as well as my personal recipes for cakes and cookies. We are doing a 2 for 1 cookbook offer on our website available until May 31. If you buy either one, you’ll get the other cookbook for free. What’s sweeter than this?

April 22 is Earth Day. At Fat Witch Bakery, we believe in working towards a clean environment. 95% of our staff takes public transportation to and from work. We are among the folks you see on NYC subways and buses.

Regarding the environment, we admit imperfection. We use some plastic bags at our store because they are stronger than paper ones. We’ve designed them to be as attractive as possible so you will keep and re-use many times. On the bottom, we remind you.

Bright Ideas is on our HOME page. Please send your green idea as we would like to illustrate and share it.

Check out what the stars predict for your April at Witchscopes.

And don’t forget to bake!

The Witch </:)
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Alexander Hamilton

HAMILTON is the biggest Broadway hit ever in NYC. It is a hip-hop version of the life of Alexander Hamilton, first Treasury Secretary of the USA. Hamilton’s face is on the American $10 bill. The play is still performed in NYC and now, other USA cities. HAMILTON will open in London, England in the fall of 2017. The Blue Coats are coming!!!

Take a Shot
I saw the show when it was first on Broadway. I am not so clever to be able sniff out what will become a sold-out hit. The reality is that a family member was coming to NYC and I wanted to take him to the theatre. NYC theatres are smaller and more intimate than most other cities.

A savvy friend told me to get tickets to a new musical and I took her advice. One Wednesday afternoon I walked up to the box office on West 46th Street and said I wanted two tickets to the Saturday evening performance. I got great seats with the original cast. Those $150 seats now sell for much more and a different cast.
The Room and It Happens
If the play HAMILTON comes near to where you live, this Witch suggests seeing it. It is one-of-a-kind theatre as well as educational.

My favorite song from the play is The Room Where It Happens. It could be because I live in New York and found the first NORTH/SOUTH compromise interesting. The South (Washington, D.C.) got the capital city moved from NYC and the North (New York) got to be initially in charge of the Federal banking system.

History and Its Eyes
Alexander and Eliza Hamilton are buried in Trinity Church graveyard in lower Manhattan.

NYC has quite a number of Alexander Hamilton statues. New Yorkers like him! There is one in Central Park, directly behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Another is in front of Hamilton Hall at Columbia University where Hamilton went to college. It was called King’s College in his day, but most of that campus was destroyed during the Revolutionary War. There is another in front of St. Luke’s church in Hamilton Heights. There are probably more this Witch has not yet discovered.

Quiet Uptown
I took a subway up to the Hamilton House in Harlem on West 141st Street. It’s part of the National Park system and free. The house is called Hamilton Grange as it was countryside when Hamilton lived there. When you go, make sure you see the informational movie(s).  Here’s a picture of Hamilton’s portable desk. The first laptop?
Dine with Me Inside
If you want to experience the ambience of an 18th century restaurant, go to Fraunces Tavern in lower Manhattan. It has been serving meals for over 250 years. Today, the food is not fantastic, but the atmosphere is authentic. George Washington gave a farewell speech to his commanders at this restaurant. And, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr dined together there a few weeks before they dueled. We know how that ended! There is a museum upstairs.

Recipe That Comes Next

I researched what Alexander Hamilton and his revolutionary compatriots might have enjoyed for dessert in 1776.
English pound cake is on the list. Pound cake was named for the weight of each ingredient (butter, flour, eggs, sugar) back in the day. American modern recipes use less of each ingredient, especially butter.

I know the founding fathers drank rum brought up from the Caribbean, so I added a tiny bit. And, I threw in some raisins as they were available in the 18th Century. Here is my Witch version of pound cake:

Witch Pound Cake </:)
½ lb (2 sticks) unsalted butter softened to room temperature
1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon rum
1 tablespoon honey
4 extra large eggs
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ cup raisins

Grease and flour 8” loaf pan.
In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light.
Add the rum and honey and mix well.
Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
Sift the flour, salt, baking powder directly into the bowl.
Mix until just combined.
Stir in the raisins.
Pour the batter into the loaf pan.  Bake 65-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean or with only crumbs.
Remove the pan from the oven and let it cool on a cake rack for 60-90 minutes.  You can remove the loaf and wrap in aluminum foil.  Okay to freeze for up to 4 weeks.  Thaw for 2 hours before serving.
Slice just before serving.

Your Story
Hamilton was a Capricorn and a great reader. This Witch is certain he would want to know what his stars predict. Read about your March on Witchscopes.

The Witch </:)
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BTW, if you’ve seen Hamilton or heard the soundtrack, you’ll notice my tweaking of headers in this blog.


I walk by this  wall on my way home from my Chelsea Market store to Union Square almost every day. It reminds me why I ❤ living in NYC. I know not everything about New York is beloved. New York is not the most beautiful city in the world. Paris has that honor. And, like Parisians, we are often brusque and impolite. However, NYC has an amazing array of cultures, cuisines, languages and crafts unmatched anywhere.

Many restaurants serve fantastic cuisine in our 5 boroughs. Himalayan fusion sound interesting? Try Café Serai at Rubin Art Museum.

We have the best street hot dogs in the world. Hmmm, could folks from Copenhagen challenge this? How about calling it a tie?

There are one-of-a-kind shops: Tender Buttons is one of them. Yes, you buy buttons and just might rub elbows with a celebrity.

The most famous museums in NYC are the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA, but there are others. The Firemen’s Museum is among the tiny gems worth discovering.

Party balloons get delivered.

And… we protect our mail!

Read about YOUR February.

And, don’t forget to bake for your sweethearts.

Enjoy winter!
The Witch </:)
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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

December is always busy, but this year I managed to sneak away for 4 days to Oregon.  It was a new experience to leave baking behind and enjoy Christmas Day.  This Witch hopes to make it a tradition.

It’s a new year and here’s what’s new at Fat Witch Bakery.

Favors Page
We’ve created a FAVORs Page on our website.  Fat Witch loves being the something sweet for your special occasion.  You will need to call us, as all favors are custom.  888-41WITCH (888-419-4824).

27 Baby Magnet Box
This gift box is as magical as the 27 Baby Witches inside.  It is held together by magnets. You will be spell-bound!  Available online and in our Chelsea Market store.

Japanese Collection
Last year we opened a store in Kyoto, Japan.  In Chelsea Market in NYC, we sell Baby Witches, inspired by the Kyoto recipes, but baked in NYC.  Delicious!  Available soon on our website.

Valentine’s Day
Be a sweetheart!  Our tiny bags have been a hit (October, December), so we created a limited edition for Valentine’s Day.  Available online January 14 and in our Chelsea Market store after February 1, while supplies last.

In Japan, women give men Valentine’s sweets.  And, if you are an ex-pat, and want to send American inspired brownies, here’s where to go.  Our Kyoto store has fantastic gift boxes (available only in Japan)!

Check out YOUR January at our Witchscopes.

Here’s to the best 2017 EVER!
The Witch </:)
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Fat Witch Bakery is so busy in December that sometimes we end up extra-loading the last available rack. It’s all good. More racks next year!
Sending our brownies across the USA is exciting. We are a small bakery with production space in upper Manhattan and ship 7,500 brownies almost every day in December. It takes a bit of magic to rearrange racks to end up with gifts to be shipped.
We manage to stay talking with each other, although sometimes with a bit of a witchy 
attitude. At the end of the day, we go home and get ready for the next. ☺

One of the items we often sell out of is Witch Ends, which are created by cutting off the edges from pans of Fat Witch Original and Carmel Witch brownies. Thank goodness our sales are increasing so we can keep up. One of these days, we will need to bake just for this product.
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I have been pondering lately about popular thinking. At one point in time, people thought the world was flat. Up until the 16th century, this seemed logical. Thank goodness some observant folk noticed ships dropping off the horizon. What one saw was not really the end.

At the other end of the Pacific Ocean from California is Asia. 2016 has been a great year! We opened a shop in Kyoto, Japan.
Despite being at the end of popularity for this book, I loved it. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman is delightful. On a winter afternoon, it’s the perfect read. BTW, it was originally written in Swedish. While I usually steer clear of novels translated into English, this book is a charmer in any language.
Check out your December Witchscopes.
And, don’t forget to bake.
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Happy Holidays!
The Witch </:)
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Lettuce Soup

You might be doing a double-take after reading the title of this blog. When I told a friend, she said, “Huh? Let us oop?” Maybe I slur my words.

I started making lettuce soup a couple of months ago after I heard about it on radio’s The Splendid Table. Lynne Rossetto Kasper suggested lettuce soup to a call-in listener who wondered what to do with an over-abundance of home-grown lettuce. FYI, other chefs make it, including Emeril.

Lettuce soup will be the starter at my vegetable forward Thanksgiving meal. Hence, the emphasis on greens from the get-go.

Here’s how I’ve been making Lettuce Soup for the past 2 months, experimenting on adventurous friends.

I buy my lettuce (and most of my produce) at the Manhattan Union Square farmer’s market.  It is as fresh as one can get unless one makes a living off the earth. If there are no local vegetable stands near you, grocery store Romaine or a Mesclun mix should be fine, but I would steer clear of Iceberg (too much water). You can substitute fresh spinach for a heartier flavor.
Here’s my version of Lettuce Soup:

Saute 1 medium onion coarsely chopped with 3-4 peeled whole cloves of garlic for 5-7 minutes in olive oil in a deep pan. Pour in a quart of vegetable broth (use chicken broth if you prefer a deeper flavor). Add water to boost the volume, if needed. Bring all to a boil and then toss in torn lettuce and stir. Do not worry about pieces being the same size. Cook for 2 minutes on reduced heat. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool. Put everything into a blender (2 separate portions unless you have a really big blender/Cuisinart) on chop for 1 minute or less. You are not looking for a complete puree. You are trying for a soup that has lettuce in small bits. The Splendid Table recommended blending in yogurt to the soup stock. I stir in 2 tablespoons at the last minute before serving. On Thanksgiving, I will boil a carrot and slice it paper-thin. Going for presentation as well as taste!

Next up will be Turkey Risotto, a riff on tradition. My risotto will incorporate cooked turkey breast, mushrooms, asparagus and sit on top of fresh chives. There are many online risotto recipes. Discover what suits you. I add the turkey, mushrooms and asparagus near the end so they are not over-cooked. I plate the risotto on top of uncut chives. Again, going for the visuals.

There are many things to do with Arborio rice. Get creative! Remember 1 cup of uncooked rice will yield about 3 cups cooked.

Every main dish deserves side dishes. My vegetable forward meal will include Brussels sprouts which are abundant in the fall. Of course, I go to the farmer’s market. I cut the sprouts off the stem, wash and slice in half. I toss the slices with sesame oil and saute for a few minutes. I transfer the pieces to a shallow ceramic pan with about a half inch of water and braise for 20 minutes in the oven at 300 degrees and then broil for 1-2 minutes.
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A nod to the traditional will be on the menu. I will use the NY Times Cookbook (from way-back) recipe for home-made cranberry sauce. I put in half the sugar and don’t bother with the almonds. There are also tons of online recipes and usually instructions are on the package. You’ll never buy a can of cranberry sauce again once you see how easy it is to make your own. I scoop the prepared cranberries onto a slice of orange for a tang of flavor and color.

I think the meal will be a winner, even if not the usual spread.
For dessert, the morning of the 24th I’ll bike over Chelsea Market to lift some Pumpkin Witches from Fat Witch Bakery. If you don’t live in NYC, you can bake these delicious treats from the recipe in Fat Witch Brownie cookbook, pages 126 and 127.

I have never been to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade at street level.  I’ve often watched it from a friend’s Central Park West apartment. Not this year, I will be making Lettuce Soup.

May your Thanksgiving be bountiful with friends and family!
The Witch </:)
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We start thinking about Halloween early at Fat Witch. This year, during the hottest summer ever, we designed the cutest bag ever to be filled with 2 Baby Witches.
This perfectly cute treat is available online  on October 6 and in our store inside Chelsea Market while supplies last. No promises we’ll still have some if you order at the last minute.

Our partners in Japan have already done press conferences about Halloween. Fat Witch fans in Japan will be able to order a perfect gift filled with Fat Babies and have them shipped within Japan. Sorry, not available in the USA.
Costumes and make-up. What’s not to love about Halloween? Designing a costume and doing your make-up will fulfill your inner creativity. Or, save time and energy by shopping at a party store and get everything in one place, including the candy.
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At Fat Witch Bakery inside Chelsea Market, we hand out over 2,000 Fat Witch Baby treats to folks in costume every October 31. It’s fun; it’s exciting; it’s exhausting. Trick or Treat early in the day — we might run out!
The NYC Annual Halloween Parade route is worth standing behind barricades to view the fabulous costumes and groups. It‘s a fun event, but I am watching it on local TV this 31st.

I’ve been fascinated with witches since I was a girl. Was it seeing the movie, The Wizard of Oz? I loved the fact there are good witches and bad ones. Just like all of us, eh?

I’ve done a little research about why witches have green skin. No, there wasn’t neon-lime make-up 500 years ago. I think the green face came about because some women made herbal remedies that seemed magical. Obviously they would use local grasses. Since washing was not a constant long ago, their hands touched their faces and their faces got green. That’s my theory and I’m sticking with it.
Whatever you plan to give out on Halloween (you are the house every kid wants to go to, right?), include some home-made baking. Even if only for the folks opening the door! Here’s what is in our recipe file this month.

Whether you are flying among them or want to know what they are saying about YOU, read what the stars say about your October.

Happy Halloween. If you’ve got it, haunt it!!
The Witch
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Drink Like A Fish

Recently, I was asked to suggest places to have a cocktail in NYC. GAME ON. Since fish swim in schools, and September is back-to-school month, I thought it appropriate to write about our local bars.

Here are some this Witch knows. I plan to continue the research, so this might be my September blog subject FOREVER.

Sardi’s on West 44th Street is definitely a NYC blast-from-the-past. Long ago, producers tossed back drinks (probably Manhattans) while waiting for newspaper reviews of Broadway plays. Now, social media tells all as soon as the curtains close. Climb the stairs to the second floor and grab a stool at the bar, before, during or after the theatre. Take a look at the iconic cartoons on the walls. Sardi’s is closed on Mondays. Other days, it opens at 11:30am and closes at 11:30pm.
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The Algonquin Hotel on West 44th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues is the grand-dame of another era. Dorothy Parker reigned with wit at the famous Round Table in the 1920’s and 30’s. The door to the Blue Bar is next to the main entrance and still attracts local notables. One can also order a drink in the hotel lobby filled with comfortable tables and chairs. This Witch prefers the lobby, but neither is impressive unless you know the history.
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Location is everything and Central Park views are not cheap. Money will need to leave your pocket to get into the Metropolitan Museum, but it is a donation. Contribute what you want. You’ll gain access to some of the world’s most magnificent art collections.

The Roof Garden Bar at the Metropolitan Museum is open from early May through October, weather permitting. The roof-top hours are 10am to 4:30pm Sunday through Thursday and 10am to 8:15pm on Friday and Saturdays. Get to the roof from the elevator in the European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Galleries.

There are no tables and no waiter service. Fetch your own drink and search for a bench. If none available, put your glass (plastic) on a ledge and take out your smart phone camera. The Central Park views are amazing! BTW, it is not necessary to purchase a cocktail. You can be up there without a drink, but this Witch likes the over-priced $15 (per glass) sangria.
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Williamsburg is one of trendy Brooklyn’s trendiest neighborhoods. Wythe Hotel is on many “best bar” lists. This Witch suspects it is because the view of Manhattan is not to be forgotten. Take the elevator to the 6th floor. The bar is often crowded and drinks are costly. Be prepared for loud music and loud folks nestling in for more than one. Winter is better than summer, despite no outside terrace, but calmer atmosphere.

No need to drink at a chain restaurant! If wandering around Times Square in need of a drink or maybe a bathroom, try Times Square Hilton just past Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum on West 42nd Street.

Take the elevator up to the Main Lobby (15th floor) and enjoy a cocktail at one of mid-Manhattan’s best kept secrets. Locals along with the hotel guests are usually the only peeps there. It’s not a trendy bar, but you can gaze upon Times Square. Call for bar hours: 844-278-9140.

Across (west side) from the ½ price tickets booth, is Blue Fin. The bar is on the second floor.  Open at some point in the morning (what is that saying about locals?). Call for exact bar hours: 212-918-1400.
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Go to TAO for fake-fusian Asian ambience. The younger you are, the more you will enjoy the “scene.” If, like this old Witch, one drink among a multitude of candles, is perfect.  Opens at 5pm.
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If you are from California, you won’t be impressed with the mash-it-up-at-your-table guacamole at Rosa Mexicano. If you are from any place else, including NYC, consider having a margarita to accompany the guacamole. The food is excellent American style Mexican cuisine, even though they call it “true” Mexican.”  The bar on East 18th Street opens at 4pm.

12th Street Grill is so Brooklyn, once you walk in, you’ll feel as if you live in the neighborhood.  Park Slope families come for dinner around 5:30pm, but sitting on a stool at the bar after visiting Brooklyn Art Museum and/or Brooklyn Botanical Garden is a nice experience. Dinner and drinks start at 5:30pm until 11pm.
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Corner Social in Harlem has become a destination bar even if you don’t live near 126th Street. The bar is long, so there is plenty of elbow room. There’s good food on the menu, if you want something to go with your glass of whatever. Open for brunch on the weekends.

Old Town Bar is the place to go for an old-fashioned hamburger with your beer. The Late Show with David Letterman started with a long shot of the marble/mahogany bar. So, if you were a fan, you might recognize this Manhattan East 18th St interior. The classiest thing about Old Town Bar is “no cell phones.” Don’t even think about putting one on that iconic bar. Open every day. The booths are great for a little elbow room if you can snag one (get there before 5pm). There is additional seating upstairs. No reservations.
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Fat Buddha in the East Village screams funky fun.  This Witch can’t resist the name despite the fact it is noisy the moment the doors open at 5pm. Warning: there is a DJ on premises after 8pm.

Check out September Witchscopes. Have a glass of wine while you read about what’s in YOUR stars!

Fun starts now!