Black Forest Cherry Torte

A long time ago, I went to a company party with a HS friend. It was held at Terrace On the Park in Flushing Meadows, NY. It is in one of the few structures left from the 1964 New York World’s Fair, which was themed “Peace Through Understanding”.  The building represents a 120-ft high heliport built for the transportation area. The windows form a large T on its sides. For Transportation. There was an exhibit floor, bar floor and restaurant at the top – “Terrace on the Park”.

As with most parties, you get a party favor to take home. I still have the one I got: a cookbook. Benson & Hedges Entertaining With Style:  Recipes from Great American Restaurants. It is small, hard covered and my first cookbook. Think Windows on the World, Russian Tea Room, Mader’s, The Palm, Frog, Washington Square Bar & Grill, Brennan’s to name just a few of the featured restaurants. Each restaurant profile includes a brief bio and a story of the origins of the featured recipe, plus courses to pair with it. My book includes many food-stained pages, but the one most abused is for Black Forest Cherry Torte recipe from Mader’s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

A Birthday Supper

Fresh Asparagus with Lemon Mayonnaise
Cold Smoked Turkey and Ham
Hot German Potato Salad
Sliced Tomatoes
Black Forest Cherry Torte*
Cappucinno
Wine: Mosel Riesling

I would make the Black Forest Cherry Torte for birthday’s, holidays, parties.  Even Homer Simpson admits that Black Forest Cherry Torte is the ultimate bribe. Marge Simpson let Homer eat a whole cake once so she could Ultimate Fight an arena owner in a challenge bout….which gave me the idea for this post. And the DESIRE to make one of these cakes this week. I’m wondering what I bribe MY Homer to do…

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