Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Cake Boss Recap: A Cake For Mama

The season five finale of Cake Boss that aired Monday night was a sad one.
As the episode opens we see Buddy's Mama back from Florida and in the bakery. She jokes with the customers. “I'm Buddy's mom, without me he wouldn't be here,” she says.
But Mama is sick. She's been diagnosed with ALS. Buddy tries to explain to the camera but it's obvious this is very hard for him to talk about. “It's a horrible, horrible disease,” he says. There is no cure.
ALS affects a person's ability to move, to do even the slightest tasks like feed themselves or tie their shoelaces. It's a creeping paralysis that doesn't happen in an instant, but over time. A person diagnosed with it sees their body breaking down little by little. They have to suffer the thought that they can't take care of themselves anymore.
Mama says her right hand started bothering her about a year ago, which she thought was because she had done so much paperwork over the years. Even after carpal tunnel surgery she still felt pain. After a while her doctors found the reason. “That was very devastating to me,” she says.
But she also says she's not going to give up. The family gathers around her, and Buddy promises to find her the best medical care possible. And to also pray. He starts to tell her how she impacted his life and he just breaks down and sobs. They exchange 'I love you's' and embrace.
Buddy meets with his sisters. They need to figure out who is going to take care of Mama. Buddy says he wants to take the lead.
He's also going to make her a nice cake. As he's gathering his ingredients Frankie walks over and says, "that's a lot of sugar." “She's a sweet lady,” Buddy responds.
Mama goes to see her doctor. He gives her some tests. Even squeezing his hand is hard for her. Mama asks the doctor what they should do and he suggests giving her new medicine time to work. He'll check again in two months.
Back at the bakery Buddy works on his cake for Mama. It's buttercream and caramel, and he's going to bring it to the family's Easter dinner at Madeline's house.
Buddy talks about what making this cake means to him. “Everybody's got their release for their problems,” he says. “People go to the gym, some people go for a drink. Some people go to a chiropractor or a shrink. Me, I just put it into my work.”
Later Buddy goes to see her. Buddy talks about how he wants to help his mother, and that he has the means to do so, but that her pride makes her resist.
“I pray every day, you know that,” he says. “So do I,” she says. “I do three sets of rosaries.”
Buddy wants to give his mother a caretaker. But Mama says she doesn't need one yet. Buddy says she should get one know so she can get used to the arrangement before it's too late.
He convinces her to take the help. “I just worry about you, and I want the best for you,” he says. “It's so hard,” she says. “I used to do so much.”
“I was there with her at the doctor,” Buddy says to the camera. “After the doctor says it's ALS she says 'well what do we do,' and the doctor shrugged his shoulders and says 'make her comfortable.' I read between the lines. I get that. I can't make her.”
Very sad. Back at the bakery Buddy finishes the cake for his mother. It's not crazy and over-the-top, it doesn't have hydraulics or explosives. It's a simple yet elegant cake fitting for a woman who can appreciate celebrating Easter with her family.
Mama does like the cake. So does the whole family. Buddy and his mother cut the first slice together. They're hand in hand, mother and son together as the episode ends and the credits roll.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Cake Boss and Mall of America's Anniversary

One of the largest malls in the country will celebrate its 20th birthday with the assistance of “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro.

The Mall of America, which opened in Bloomington, Minn. on Aug. 11, 1992 as the largest U.S. retail and entertainment complex, is planning a birthday party complete with 2,000 pieces of cake.
To help the mall celebrate two decades, Valastro will prepare a special birthday cake for the mall’s 20th anniversary.
The cake stands 8-feet high by 4-feet wide and will be on display on Aug. 11 in the mall’s rotunda, the radio station reports.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Cake Boss TLC Series in Astro Channel

Beginning this evening, be prepared for a sizzling time as Buddy dons a different hat and heats things up with Kitchen Boss, a new daytime cooking series on TLC (Astro channel 707) at 7pm. The series repeats every Thursday at 1pm, Friday at 10am, Saturday at 5pm and 10pm, and Sunday at 8am. Take a trip all over Italy without even leaving your house as Valastro taps into his roots to create mouthwatering Italian treats, Hoboken-style! He pays tribute to his heritage by drawing inspiration from all over the Italian peninsula. From Sicily to Sardinia and from high-end restaurants to the humble homes of his family members, Valastro gets behind the stove to share recipes, including his personal favourites and age-old family secrets, such as never-before-revealed recipes from Grandma Maddalena, Auntie Anna, wife Lisa, pizza-connoisseur father-in-law Mauro and others.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

'Cake Boss Cafe' opening in Port Authority Bus Terminal

Cake Boss — the popular cable TV reality show set in a family-run Hoboken bakery — is opening an offshoot in the Port Authority Bus Terminal, it was announced today. The Port Authority Bus Terminal is the central hub for bus travel to and from New York City. Located from 40th to 42nd streets, between Eighth and Ninth avenues, the terminal is both the largest bus station in the nation and the busiest in the world. More than 58 million commuters passed through the terminal in 2008.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Cake Boss Bakery at Lackawanna Center

Carlo’s Bakery will lease 32,000 square feet of ground-floor space at Lackawanna, as the building renovates 200,000 square feet of retail space for its The Shops at Lackawanna project, which is being touted as a major new retail plaza for Jersey City. Valastro’s new space will be used for distribution and filming, and it will also allow Carlo’s to take internet orders from customers all over the country. Lackawanna Center is a 1.3 million square foot retail/office/industrial complex situated directly outside the Holland Tunnel in Jersey City, NJ. Located at 629 Grove Street and bordered by Jersey Avenue, Sixteenth Street, Eighteenth Street, and Marin Boulevard, the property is blocks from Hoboken and close to NJ Transit Light Rail and PATH trains. The 13 acre site also includes two ground level 300-car parking lots, additional parking on the second level, and an elevated rail trestle which runs three city blocks. The property’s eight-story building is comprised of reinforced concrete construction, brick exterior walls and glass windows with a floor thickness of 21” solid concrete at each level.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Breaded Rack of Lamb Recipe


2 Racks of lamb cut into chops (16 piece)
Salt and pepper
Olive oil
2 tablespoons rosemary, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups Master Breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup Dijon mustard


Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Pour about 2 tablespoons of olive oil into a skillet and turn to medium-high heat. Sprinkle in 1 tablespoon of rosemary and 1 clove of chopped garlic.
Season each chop with salt and pepper. Sear chops in rosemary garlic oil for 1 to 2 minutes each side. Remove from skillet and let rest 5 minutes.
In a bowl, combine breadcrumbs, remaining rosemary and garlic, and 4 tablespoons olive oil.
Brush Dijon mustard over each chop and coat in breadcrumb mixture. Place on rack over baking sheet.
Bake in 450 degree F. oven for 10-15 minutes until medium - medium rare.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Seared Scallops in Lemon Butter Sauce Recipe

Seared Scallops in Lemon Butter Sauce Recipe


1 pound bay scallops, cleaned and patted dry
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tablespoons butter, cubed, at room temperature
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup white wine
1 tablespoon capers, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup heavy cream
5 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley leaves


Season the scallops on both sides with the salt and white pepper. Set a 12-inch sauté pan over medium-high heat and add the olive oil and garlic. Sauté for a minute then add the butter and melt. Place the scallops in the pan and sauté for 3 minutes on the first side, then turn and cook on the second side for 1 minute.
Add the lemon juice, white wine and capers. Cook for 2 minutes.
Add the heavy cream and 2 teaspoons of the parsley and cook for 1 minute longer.
Serve the scallops by dividing the sauce between 4 warmed, shallow bowls and place 3 scallops in the center of each bowl. Garnish with the remaining parsley