Monday, August 30, 2010


I've been watching Pushing Daisies (on Tara's recommendation) and just came across this part of the episode in which Chuck (the girl) is proposing to Ned, pie-maker and owner of The Pie Hole, to start making "cup-pies," single serve pies with a honey-baked crust (since she's a beekeeper.)

Now, if anyone knows me, they know that I absolutely hate hate hate cupcakes. I love cake, but cupcakes are those annoying fads that don't go away; the cake part is never that great and the icing is always too thick and sweet. I would much rather eat a slice of cake.

More than cake, I LOVE pie, and this "cup-pie" idea is genius. Of course, I probably would prefer a slice of pie over it (I do love my top crust), but as a competitor to the cupcake, I say YES. Someone start making these and selling them. NOW.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Scandal in the English Muffin Business

A Thomas’ English muffin, right, and a competitor’s.
image courtesy of New York Times

The secret of Thomas' English muffins, its signature "nooks and crannies" may be in jeopardy. According to a recent NY Times article, Chris Botticella, a vice president of Thomas' parent company, Bimbo Bakeries USA, left the company in January leaving co-workers to believe he was retiring. However, Botticella took a job with rival company, Hostess. Upon his co-workers' discovery of his disloyalty, Botticella downloaded confidential company files from his laptop before leaving.

Apparently only
seven people know the entire process for making a Thoma's English muffin, Botticella being one of them. A ruling barring Botticella from making the move to Hostess was upheld last month. Hostess has stated it was no longer holding the job for Botticella.