Archive for October, 2010

You Pick Pumpkin Patch

I love fall.  It’s my favorite season.  A recent trip to Chester, NJ, gave me the chance to stock up on all that is sacred to fall tradition – apples, pumpkins and cider…oh my!

On this trip, I tracked down the best apple cider doughnuts I’ve ever had…

What surprised me most was that these were plain apple cider doughnuts (as opposed to cinnamon / sugar or powdered sugar) and they were amazing.

Large, fluffy and moist with a tremendous cider flavor and a very thin crispy exterior.

Best Apple Cider Doughnuts

And, I’m not the only person who thinks these doughnuts are worth traveling to Chester, NJ for…

The ridiculously long line JUST for apple cider doughnuts

A few other treats I picked up west of the Hudson River…

Acorn Cake

Apple Cider

And finally, where all the action happens.

The Cider Mill

Happy Fall everyone!

Hacklebarney Farm, Chester, NJ


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Chocolate Wafer Icebox Cake

When I asked Tom what he wanted me to make for his birthday, he didn’t skip a beat – Icebox Cake.  I was expecting a more complicated request like a chocolate peanut butter concoction, special cupcakes, a pie or some type of intricate cake.  I have to admit I was a little relieved that he wanted something so simple.

If you’re looking for an easy, flavorful dessert that requires minimal prep time and NO baking…this is the recipe for you.

I made this a personal size cake (for two) but you can build a classic 8-inch cake by doubling the ingredients and using 7 cookies in each layer (instead of three).


3 cups heavy cream
2 tbsps sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 box famous chocolate wafer cookies, from Nabisco

Combine cream, sugar and vanilla in stand mixer and whip until cream forms stiff peaks.  Do not over beat.  Take three wafer cookies and line them in a circle on a plate.

Cookie cake base

Add a dollop of whip cream and and spread it over the cookies in a thin layer.  Repeat, adding layers of cookies and whipped cream, ending with whipped cream on top.  Garnish with wafer cookie crumbs (optional).  Enjoy!

Slice of Chocolate Wafer Icebox Cake

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Serendipity is one of the cutest sweet spots in NYC.  Not only are their desserts heavenly (frozen hot chocolate is a MUST), but their shop is filled with all types of fun trinkets and cute sweet-inspired jewelery. Some of my favorites…

Cupcake Ornaments

Cupcake Necklaces and Jewelry Boxes

Food Earrings!

Cupcake Pearl Earrings

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