This weekend, the calendar said it was time to transition from summer to fall, so I headed to New Jersey to do just that.
On Saturday, I met my brother and friends at MetLife Stadium (better known to us as Giants Stadium or the Meadowlands) to see Bruce Springsteen. The ticket to the outdoor concert was a belated birthday gift and one last nod to summer. Turned out that mother nature was sad to see summer go, too, because it rained…hard! But three hours after the concert was scheduled to start, the Boss took the stage and rocked it until 2am. We rang in Bruce’s 63rd birthday at midnight and ended the evening with fireworks and a 55,000 person-strong chorus of “Happy Birthday”.
By Sunday morning, the rain had passed and it was a glorious fall day. Warm sun and a cool breeze, it was ideal weather to head to the farm for apple and pumpkin picking. Every year since I was a child, my parents and I have taken a trip to Riamede Farm in Chester, New Jersey.
Though I’ve grown taller and no longer need to take the hayride,
I still love getting lost in the orchard rows,
- 6 large Granny Smith apples and 1 Liberty (or other baking) apple
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/3 cup coarsely chopped raisins
- 1/3 cup coarsely chopped toasted pecans
- 3 tablespoons old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch salt
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup apple cider
Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat over to 375 degrees. Peel, core, and cut 1 Liberty apple into 1/4 inch dice. Combine 5 tablespoons of butter, brown sugar, raisins, pecans, oats, cinnamon, diced apple, and salt in large bowl; set aside.