pastry (pas•tre) n. 1. Flour dough or paste made with shortening and used for the crust of pies, tarts, etc. 2. Broadly, all fancy baked goods, including cakes, sweet rolls, etc.

Forget the Dow, check your doughnut.

Some economists claim that the economy's health can be measured by the size of doughnut holes. A bull economy? More dough in the doughnut, leaving a smaller hole.

New York does it again.

It's said that Broadway actress Mae Murray originated doughnut dunking. Supposedly, she accidentally dropped a doughnut into her coffee while dining at Lindy's Deli in New York City, creating the trend.

What's in a name?

For pound cake, it's the recipe. Bakers originally used one pound of flour, one pound of sugar, and one pound of butter to create the delectable.

How many doughnuts can you eat?

Generally, 1.25 baked goods per person is a good bet.

Have you had your share?

Americans eat an estimated 10 billion doughnuts every year.

This means war!

The year: 1838. The setting: the restaurant of a French pastry chef. The conflict: A group of Mexican Army soldiers who allegedly damaged the restaurant. When the Mexican government refused to pay for the damages, the French reached for their guns. The result: The Pastry War. France sent a fleet to Veracruz, fired on the harbor fortress, and soon occupied the city. Only through the mediation of Great Britain was a larger war averted. France received 600,000 pesos for the damages.

We want a pitcher …

Buy milk and juice by the pitcher, and only allow properties to charge based on actual, not estimated, consumption.

Simple, yet effective.

The infamous continental breakfast is perfect for early morning meetings. It doesn't need to be extravagant. Just consider the time of day and that some attendees may have already eaten. You may want to order food per piece instead of per person, which can help to ease the budget.

That's what you get for having a dream.

The person most often credited with inventing the doughnut hole (not the popular little pastry, but the actual hole in the doughnut) is New Englander Hanson Gregory. Allegedly, in 1847, an angel appeared to Gregory in a dream, carrying a plate of pastries with holes. He informed the townsfolk of Clam Cove, Maine, of his divine dream. They promptly burned him at the stake on suspicion of being a witch.

SOURCES: www.rhmfoodservice.co.uk, www.bonappetitbakery.com, www.foodreference.com, www.perfectmeeting.com, www.umich.edu, www.uwsa.edu, www.lamars.com

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