A Weekend in Newport, RI

Warm, foggy, and still fully green, Newport turned out to be a sweet end to the summer.

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Cookies and Cream: Two Ways

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By now, you probably know how much I love baking. But let me tell you a little secret: I don’t really love baked desserts. I could make pie crusts and buttercream ’til the cows come home (side note: where did this expression come from?), but my heart has always belonged to ice cream. Continue reading

Mocha Brownie Ice Cream

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Have you ever picked up a gallon of Edy’s Double Fudge Brownie ice cream at the grocery store? Chocolate ice cream, loaded with brownie bits, and a fudge swirl to boot! It was my favorite flavor as a kid, and I wasn’t even that into chocolate growing up, so you know this stuff had to be good. Of course, after a few summers scooping at an ice cream shop and a few years experimenting with my ice cream maker, I’ve become quite the snob and generally turn up my nose at store-bought brands. (I know, I know—I’m the worst.)

Even though I usually crave a couple of scoops from my favorite local shop (where the flavors are unique and everything is made in-house), this week I had a major case of chocolate-munchies that required immediate attention. And with half a quart of heavy cream in the fridge, the result: my own adult take on my childhood fave.

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Rainy Day Adventures

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Memorial Day weekend was a wash, so instead of heading to the Jersey shore, I grabbed a friend and checked out one of the Garden State’s coolest gardens: the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morristown, NJ. Continue reading

Orange-Cream Ice Cream Sandwiches

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For Mother’s Day, I’m making my own twist on one of my mom’s favorite desserts: orange Creamsicles. Instead of this ice cream truck classic, I’m sandwiching vanilla ice cream between my oh-so-yummy citrus butter cookies. Cue the sugar coma. Continue reading

A Weekend in Miami

IMG_8795It’s the end of April, and spring is still holding out on New Jersey (for reference, it’s 50°F, raining, and I’m wearing a turtleneck as I write this). But for this not-long-enough long weekend in Miami, it was summer. Continue reading