Category Archives: Bakery

Bang Bang

When Molly first told me about Bang Bang, for some reason the first thing that came to mind was the song in the movie Kill Bill.

When Molly told me that Bang Bang was a pie and biscuit shop, I was skeptical.  I had heard that pies were the next sweets trend, but I didn’t get it and told her that the trend never hit Minneapolis.

But then I walked into Bang Bang and I instantly thought “Why doesn’t Minneapolis have one of these?”

I’m a huge fan of pie, but I’m always a little suspect when the pie crust is too darn perfect.  Real homemade pie should look imperfect…just like the imperfect people who make them.

As far as I’m concerned this apple pie is pretty darn pretty and delicious!

And this pumpkin pie was definitely the most delicious pumpkin pie I’ve ever had.  I believe pumpkin pie is one of the most difficult types of pie, because most of the time the pumpkin tastes processed.  The pumpkin in this pie tasted as God intended!

What made me giggle were the Pie Fries.  I call them Bang Bang Fries.  The availability is limited as they are made from the crust scraps after the pies are made.

And although the butter and jellies are for the biscuits Bang Bang sells, I used the Cherry Chai jelly and the Peach Butter on my Pie Fries (although they are just as good plain).

Bang Bang is located in Logan Square in Chicago.  It is just a handful of blocks off of the Blue Line.

The Black List August 2011

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Custom Cake

With all of the cooking and baking shows, the flexibility of having a cake created to perfectly reflect your style and theme is definitely a reality.  And with so much talent in the Twin Cities, you don’t have to travel far to be able to have your cake and eat it, too.

Gateaux created this intricate designed cake for a wedding designed by b. Inspired Events.  Photo by Studio 306.

This design by Country Cake Cupboard is both sophisticated and whimiscal.  Photo by Kelly Brown Weddings.

Light and airy, Country Cake Cupboard made this adorable cake for a wedding designed by Mother of the Bride.  Photo by Olive Juice Studios.

Gateaux made this cake to match perfectly with Mi Mi Design’s overall wedding design.  Photo by Red Ribbon Studio.


And this one is one of my favorite cakes from Gateaux (maybe because I have a soft spot for our military).  Photo by Kelly Brown Weddings.

The Breakfast of Champions

I tease Tami of Muddy Paws Cheesecake on a regular basis that she doesn’t keep me supplied with enough cheesecake. No, I don’t eat it for dessert, but rather for breakfast. It’s much healthier and tastier than cereal.

As I was going through some disks trying to find more images of her product for the Style Stations, I ran across a number of images that are just too low resolution. Anyway, it did get my mouth watering and now I wish I had some for breakfast tomorrow!

The biggest challenge, however, is figuring out which of Muddy Paws Cheesecake’s 222 flavors is the best breakfast flavor?

Muddy Paws Cheesecake Chocolate
Muddy Paws Cheesecake Key Lime
Muddy Paws Cheesecake
Muddy Paws Cheesecake Raspberry Swirl
Thank you to Brett Dorain Artistry for the images