Not so long ago, in October 2006 to be exact, Mary, Clare, and Crystal wanted to bake all day and night, experiment with new recipes, and make their favorite stuff but they knew there was no way on planet Earth that they could eat all the sweets they wanted to make. They had to come up with a way to share. So they founded Treat Street.
Treat Street is the original, friendly, neighborhood, underground, roving, secret bakery. Every so often, they set up cardboard shop in a driveway with a table or two loaded with homemade goodness and wait to see what happens.
Here are some of the things that happen:
Friends, neighbors, and total strangers show up and eat treats.
Old timey bake sale favorites mix with tons of recipes that have never seen the light of day.
Kids freak out over crazy goodies.
People in big squirrel and bear costumes show up unannounced to say hi.
Dogs get sad when no one lets them eat chocolate.
Customers buy everything – even the little cookies that are used to hold the signs up.
Mary, Clare, and Crystal eat so many treats and have so much fun that they go into sugar shock and close up shop so they can go eat tacos (phew).
Currently, the plan is to keep baking and Treat Streeting until the sugar wells run dry. And since that will never happen, the future is looking mighty bright.
Check out Treat Street! treatst.blogspot.com
Clare Crespo is an artist, cookbook author, and the creator of The Yummyfun Kooking series, possibly the wildest cooking show ever. She’s never met a cupcake she didn’t like and has baked them in every which way you could possibly imagine—panda-style, hamburger-esque, flower-potted, you name it —for magazines, newspapers, one-woman shows, and galleries around the world. Check out Yummy Fun.
Mary Wigmore Reynolds
Mary Wigmore Reynolds is a filmmaker and artist. She recently had her first solo show of paintings of raccoons, coyotes, and other varmints entitled The Unwanteds. Her High Five cookies do not fall into that category. In fact, at Treat Street they are always the first to go.
Crystal Meers is an editor. Though determined to top her tinfoil-covered sandwich board costume from third grade (which was around the time she started baking scones), she’s not sure what she’s going to be this Halloween. And even if she was, she wouldn’t want to give it away.
Treat Street’s Favorite Halloween Recipes
Here is my Granny Helen’s recipe for Red Velvet Cake, but you can use any cake recipe for these. —Clare
A variation on what’s known on the streets as a Kitchen Sink, TNTs (which stands for Trick N Treats) are good for two reasons: 1. They allow you to stuff several varieties of candy bars in your mouth at once, with no risk of getting some really weird looks. 2. It’s the fastest way to empty out the plastic pumpkin goodie stash we’ve ever seen.* —Crystal
* We heard you could get rid of Halloween candy even faster by tossing it out but we’ve never seen anything that crazy happen!
Bibimbap, which roughly translates to “mix it up,” is essentially a rice bowl that you can adorn with whatever toppings you like. It’s a great vehicle for leftovers—a veritable ‘kitchen sink’ kind-of meal. The key is the Spicy Miso Sauce, which ties all the various parts together.