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Late Summer 2016 Newsletter 
New York State Bakers Officers

Chairman of the Board 
Joseph Gifoli

Nick Stork

1st Vice President 
Aaron Wasserman 
2nd Vice President
Edward Maher

Werner Simon

Edward Maher

Newsletter Editors
Rosanne & Brian Rush 

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 On the beautiful summer evening of July 26, 2016, New York State Bakers, friends and family gathered at Citi Field to root for the Amazing Mets against the Cardinals.

Before the game as the players were finishing warming up, Juan Lagares, the center-fielder tossed the baseball into the stands where our group was seated.

And who was in the front row ready to make history by snatching it out of the air? Well it was no other than our 2nd Vice President and Treasurer Edward Maher.  As we all know, Ed controls our budget and investments with an iron hand, and this is also the hand he used to reach out and try to catch the ball in front of thousands of cheering fans. Sadly, while an iron hand is admirable for a Treasurer, it is also a detriment to a fielder.  Yes, you guessed it.  The ball hit the famous "iron hand" and bounced off into the bullpen to the jeers of  thousands in the stadium and untold millions watching at home. 

Congratulations Ed on your 15 minutes of fame.

In spite of this  
beginning of the evening, we all had a good time.

The Mets were leading when they brought in Bartolo Colon. He was great in relief, but came up a little short when it came to batting. In fact, it is hard to imagine how he could ht the ball standing so far from the plate.

With the Mets ahead in the 9th inning,

reliable Jeurys Familia came in to close the Cardinals down.

As we cheered our team on

victory was ours!!!!

Three weeks later

Instead of eating hot dogs and drinking beer, New York State Bakers were off  to fish with Captain Ahab and boarded the



In addition to some fantastic treats provided by some of the world's best bakers, we were blessed with amazing weather and views.

While not landing Moby Dick, a great time was enjoyed by all, and some pretty tasty fish were skillfully caught.

And this is the monster fish Joe Gifoli 
undaun tedly    
struggled with 
fo r hours but eventually caught.

And this is the one that he claimed that got away!


BJ'S Wholesle Culb has now upped its game in the decorative cake market.

Election Cookies

Wisconsin bakery sells unique presidential candidate cookies BakeMag.com, July 29, 2016   by Staff
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Uncle Mike's Bake Shoppe  in De Pere, Wisconsin has taken a creative approach to this year's presidential election when it comes to its baked goods.
The bakery has begun selling sugar cookies that feature the faces of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the Republican and Democrat presidential nominees in the upcoming election.

Uncle Mike's has been doing this for every presidential election, but it began selling these cookies earlier this year due to how newsworthy this election has been already.
"There's excitement in the air with both candidates. It seems like there's a lot more bantering with other people," says owner Mike Vande Walle.
 "It creates a fun thing with the election. Hopefully people have fun taking them into the office. Some who like the candidates put [the cookies] on other's desks to tease them. It's fun back and forth."
According to Mike Vande Walle, the Trump cookie design has sold more than the Clinton cookie design so far.
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Abel & Schafer


       2-1/4 cups frozen* or fresh blueberries, divided
 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
                               1 tablespoon cornstarch
                               Pinch salt
                                       1/2 cup whipped cream cheese
      2 drops read food coloring
                              1 drop yellow food coloring
                              1 loaf (10.75 ounces) frozen pound cake, thawed
      1 teaspoon confectioner's sugar
                              1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
In a medium saucepan, over high heat, bring 1/2 cup water to a boil.  Add 2 cups of the blueberries; return to a boil.  Cook until liquid is released from fruit, about 2 minutes.  Meanwhile, in a cup, combine 1/3 cup of the sugar, the cornstarch and salt.  Add to blueberries, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens, about 1 minute.  Spoon into a bowl; cover and chill.  In a small bowl, stir together cream cheese, the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar, and food coloring; set aside.  Cut a thin layer off the top and bottom of the pound cake. Cut the pound cake into 4 thick horizontal slices.  Working with 1 slice, use a 4-inch bat-shaped cookie cutter to cut out 2 bats.  From the same slice, use a 1/2 -inch half moon shaped cutter to cut our 4 half moons.  Repeat with the remaining cake slices.  Carefully spread 4 bats and 8 moons with cream cheese mixture.  Press the remaining 1/4 cup blueberries into cream cheese, covering with remaining bat and moon shapes, forming sandwiches.  In a cup, combine confectioner's sugar and cocoa; through a strainer, lightly sprinkle over sandwiches.  Spread blueberry sauce on 4 serving plates to form a "sky background".  Arrange 1 bat and two moons on each plate, serve.
Yield: 4 servings; One (12-ounce) bag of frozen blueberries contains about 2-1/4 cups

Credit: U. S. Highbush Blueberry Council, c/o Thomas J. Payne Market Development, www.blueberrytech.org

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Bakers Amusement Corner
Jokes, Quotes, etc!

ACTUAL STORIES                                          

Customer: "What"s that white stuff on top of your bread?"
Me: "Oh, that's flour."
Customer: "Is that edible?"

Woman: "Can you make it a pot cake?"
Me: "What do you mean?"
Woman: "Can you put the pot in it?"
Me: "You mean you want marijuana baked into your cake?"
Woman: "Yes! A lot of it."
Me: "I'm sorry, but we don't do that."
Woman: "Well, can you at least draw a pot leaf on the top of the cake?"
Me: "I'm sorry, but I am not allowed to do that, either. I can decorate it with a different picture, or write something on it if you want."
Woman: "Okay, then write on it."
Me: "What do you want it to say?"
Woman: "Happy Birthday, Mom."

Up Coming Events

This Month the Nassau & Suffolk Bakers and the New York State 
Board of Directors Meetings will be combined as indicated below:

Nassau & Suffolk Bakers  Meeting
When: Thursday September 15, 2016
Where:  Your Mother's Place
2349 New Hyde Park Road
New Hyde Park, NY
516 493-9030 
New York State Bakers Meeting
When: ,Thursday September 15, 2016
Where:  Your Mother's Place
2349 New Hyde Park Road
New Hyde Park, NY
516 493-9030 
Westchester Bakers Association Meeting
When: September 13, 2016 
Where: Trattoria Restaurant, 160 Marble Avenue,
Pleasantville, NY
Atlantic Bakery Expo
Atlantic City Convention Hall
Atlantic City , NJ