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An Airstream Mobile Bakery

Oh, how sweet it is! Those whose molars yearn to munch sweet treats should make their way to the Judy Black Memorial Park and Garden in Washington Depot Saturday between 2 and 4 PM to meet with chef Amanda Glover and illustrator Raheem Nelson, who have just published Sweetie Bake Your Day: Sweet and Savory Baked Goods Anyone Can Make.

The event is sponsored by Hickory Stick Bookshop. There will be tastings, with a Q&A session during which Ra will explain how he creates a painting on a digital canvas using various iPad applications.

The cookbook is named after Glover’s Airstream bakery, Sweetie, from which she dishes up breakfasts, desserts and savory and gluten-free baked goodies. But she is perhaps best known for her baking business, AmandaBakes.

Glover, who attended the Culinary Institute of America, has had a blue-ribbon practical post-grad education in Western Connecticut. She worked at the Mayflower Inn in Washington CT where she discovered her love of baking and creating pastries. She became pastry chef at Belgique in Kent under chef Pierre Gilissen, who had cooked for European royalty and Washington-based ambassadors.

From there, it was a hop, skip and a jump to the illustrious Winvian Resort in Morris to work under renowned chef Chris Eddy. When she opened her own business, she discovered a converted Airstream, that she named Sweetie and AmandaBakes was born.

In her book, the reader will find tips on using high-quality and local ingredients. Equipment is kept to a minimum, making the recipes accessible to any home baker.

A portion of all proceeds will support FISH/Friends in Service to Humanity of Northwestern Connecticut which provides food and shelter to needy persons. Since opening its doors in 1972, FISH has evolved into the largest emergency homeless shelter in Northwest Connecticut as well as serving residents of area communities as a food pantry.