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Football + Cake = Birthday

January 28, 2008

So…my birthday is Sunday. Yes, Super Bowl Sunday. When did the NFL decide that it would move the Super Bowl into February?

According to Wikipedia:

Due to the September 11, 2001 attacks and the NFL schedule being moved one week back, Super Bowl XXXVI was rescheduled from the original date of January 27 to February 3. By 2004, the league had restored the traditional pre-Super Bowl bye week that had been abolished prior to the 2001 NFL season, to reduce the possibility of the Super Bowl being unexpectedly delayed again.

Damn the terrorists – they messed with my birthday!

Anyway – it seems like I’m going to have to compete with men in tight pants for attention on Sunday. Reminds me of college.

Bob and I will be going out to dinner on Saturday night, to the Scrimshaw at the Desmond in Albany. The menu sounds excellent, and they received an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine this year (and every year since 1997). I’m very excited about this – I’ll be sure to share my dining and quaffing experiences with you, my loyal readers (all 4 of you).

Bob has also informed me that he will be ordering my birthday cake from J&S Watkins in Clifton Park. I’ve mentioned them here before…this bakery is truly where dessert aficionados go to die. I have requested their English Toffee Torte. Here’s the delectable description:

Heath® candy nuggets laced throughout in a sweet cream cheese filling, cradled in a brownie crust. This torte is glazed in Heath® milk chocolate ganache and garnished with candy nuggets and almonds.

I love the word “cradled” when used in a food description. It sounds so…gentle. Like the brownie is rocking the cream cheese to sleep.

It was a toss-up between that and the Cannoli Cake:

Delicious Italian genoise (sponge cake -W) is generously filled with cannoli cream, loaded with chocolate chips. Frosted with real vanilla frosting.

If anyone would like to come to my house for cake on Sunday, you are invited! If you can’t make it, you’ll have to be content with the photos!

And, on a completely different note – congratulations to my friends Sue and Chris on the birth of their baby, Tyler John. He is a beautiful little boy!

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. Shannon permalink
    January 28, 2008 10:04 pm

    I may have to come try some of that cake. Can I crash the party? God I love toffee. Yum yum.

  2. Sue and Chris permalink
    January 29, 2008 12:28 pm

    Thanks! We can’t wait to see you and yes, I am a loyal (but mostly silent) reader. There could be millions of us shamelessly stealing your recipes and you would never know!

    Sue, Chris and Tyler

  3. wendalicious permalink
    January 30, 2008 8:53 pm

    Oh, I would know. Believe me, there are NOT millions! But, I’m glad you’re reading…thanks!

  4. Snapdragon permalink
    February 3, 2008 12:55 am

    Dearest Wendy, we need Superbowl party menu ideas. You are, afterall, the entertainer in chief! Hurry – there are only a few hours left!

    Thanks 😉

  5. February 3, 2008 10:24 am

    Happy birthday, Wendy! Hope you get the cannoli cake — it sounds freakin’ amazing!

  6. Joanne permalink
    February 3, 2008 11:13 am

    My daughter would sing Happy Birthday to you in a very cute and slow drawl…

    “happy birfday to Youuuuu”
    “happy birfday to youuuuuuuuu”
    “happy BIRF!day to you” [cracking voice inserted here]

    Then she would forget the rest of the song, turn to you and say “Cake?” with big blue eyes and a very hopeful tone.

    Happy Birfday, Wendy. Hope you have a great one, even with the goshdarned football.

  7. February 3, 2008 11:25 am

    Happy birthday Wendy! May your day be a good one!

  8. Shannon permalink
    February 3, 2008 12:00 pm

    Happy Birthday!!!! I hope to see you soon….Maggie is sporting a headcold so we are debating what to do here.

  9. Mom permalink
    February 3, 2008 12:47 pm

    Happy Birthday Miss Wendy!!! It all sounds so wonderful — I fondly remember dining at the Scrimshaw a couple of times during the Siena days — amazing that we could afford to do that 🙂 And your cake is beyond decadent — just the description is taste enough!! And, as for competing for attention with men in tight pants — does it get any better than that? Go Girl!!! Hugs, Mom Heff

  10. Snapdragon permalink
    February 3, 2008 2:38 pm

    Happy Birthday Wendy and thanks for the party food ideas. I made a couple of bread bowl dips (and once we see how they are received, I’ll know whether to share them 😉

    Enjoy your special (and GO GIANTS!)

  11. Marlene permalink
    February 3, 2008 5:10 pm

    Happy, happy birthday.
    Happy, happy birthday.
    Happy, happy birthday, to you!

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