In other news, I did find time to read through this new baking book, which IS TOTALLY AWESOME:
Baked: New Frontiers in Baking
by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito
Baked is the lovechild of Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito, who opened a bakery with the same name in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The cookbook features recipes which combine elements reminiscent from childhood (Malt Ball Cake with Chocolate Frosting, a diner-style chocolate pie made with Ovaltine) and amazingly inventive new recipes like Banana Espresso Chocolate Chip Muffins, Sweet and Salty Cake, and Root Beer Bundt Cake. There are also plenty of classic recipes. Every few pages features a full-page color photo which will seriously make your mouth water. The first thing I'm going to bake? (Yes, I bought this.) Butterscotch Pudding Tarts with oat wheat pie crust. Garnished with a crushed Butterfinger bar.