Back on the Home Front

One of the wonderful things about being a New Yorker is that friends and family actually do come visit. I wonder if I lived in Iowa whether I would get as many emails about upcoming vacations.

In April, I wrote about the sewers of Paris. I am all in favor of off-the-beaten-trail sites to visit. Here are a couple of my FREE favorites in NYC.

sif1The Staten Island Ferry is at the top of my list. These free ferries run 24 hours, departing from the southern tip of Manhattan. The boat ride across the harbor is glorious. Don’t forget to snap a selfie with the Statue of Liberty in the background.

fraunces1After the ferry ride, refuel at the historic 18th century Fraunces Tavern in lower Manhattan. George Washington didn’t sleep here, but he sure ate here! There’s an interesting museum upstairs that costs $7 admission.

IMG_9940Further uptown is another fave: the home of Teddy Roosevelt. His childhood home is part of the National Parks Service so admission is free. Before he was a president, Teddy was a naturalist. Don’t miss the giant stuffed bear in the lobby that he shot – FYI teddy bears are named after him!

Exciting news… Cookbook #2 will be out in January 2015! The photo shoot will happen this month, and in June you will read all about it. What goes into a photo shoot, you ask? Orchestrating the baking, transporting the pastries to a Red Hook, Brooklyn studio, setting up the baked goods (it’s called “styling” in the photography world), keeping my mouth shut, generally being in the way and then approving the pictures to be sent to the publisher.

Just out of the oven are my Fig Manhattans. Yes, it’s a riff on Fig Newtons in bar form. The recipe will be in the The Unexpected chapter. You might think it’s a complicated recipe, but trust me – it’s as easy as 1-2-3-yummy! Only word of caution: fresh figs are not available year-round, so look for them in the summer. I tried taking a photo, but it didn’t look as good as it tasted.  You’ll have to wait until the professional takes it for the cookbook.

IMG_6820Finally, inspired by my Paris trip (tired of hearing about it?), I decided meringues are something we will do at least once a month for the store inside Chelsea Market. These pictured are a vanilla batch made for spring baskets in April. We’ll be baking lemon ones for Mother’s Day. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @fatwitch so you know when we have them in store. We won’t sell them online as they need to be eaten within a couple of days after baking.

The Witch