Thursday, October 24, 2013

Halloween at the Whistling Swan Inn

It's creepy and it's kooky...mysterious and spooky...it's Halloween in the New Jersey Skylands. Yes, it's hard to believe the season of ghosts and goblins is upon us. The air up here in Sussex County has turned crisp, the leaves need almost daily blowing and I've bought my candy for the trick or treaters that are sure to descend. The Inn is all decked out for the holiday, and my sassy little witch friends are perched on the mantels.

In between decorating, baking pumpkin bread and trying to exercise some self-control with so much candy around, I've been checking out some of the activities in and around the Whistling Swan Inn. Once again, Corrado's Farm in Hackettstown will have their "Hayride of Horrors". While I haven't participated in this, I have it on good authority that the people who work on the hayride are experts at scaring the bejesus out of you.

Pricing for 2013
Haunted Hayride - $14.00
Haunted House - $14.00
Corn Maze - $6.00

The General Admission combo ticket ($30) gets you into all the attractions.

Corrado's Farm 
671 Mt. Bethel Rd.
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
973-942-4448 or 908-637-4644

Alstede Farm's Harvest Moon Hayride and Nighttime Corn Maze is another fun evening. Be sure to bring your flashlights for pumpkin picking. Admission fee is $17.95. While you're there, be sure to pick up some fresh homemade apple cider. It's the best!

Alstede Farms
84 Route 513
Chester, NJ
973-879-7189
www.alstedefarms.com

GPS Address:
1 Chesterfield Drive
Chester, NJ

... so get your witches shawl on for the best Halloween ever.

Ros

Ros Bruno
Innkeeper
The Whistling Swan Inn
110 Main St.
Stanhope, NJ 07874
973-347-6369
www.whistlingswaninn.com
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Dine Around the Whistling Swan Inn - Part 1

Within a ten mile radius of the Whistling Swan Inn, my northern New Jersey bed and breakfast, is quite an array of restaurant choices. Last week, at the Friends of Waterloo Village Harvest Moon Festival, I had an opportunity to sample some of the best food in the area.

The Prickly Pear ready for dinner guests
The evening began at 6:30 pm, and because I was feeling a little prickly from hunger, my first stop was The Prickly Pear table, where I tasted the most delectable pork loin served over a bed shrimp and chorizo sausage grits. Proprietors Linda and Chef Joe Andes opened their doors in September of 2006 with a menu that features European, Asian, French and Italian cuisine all with an American twist.

The next stop was Andre's. Tracey, one half of the restaurant's husband and wife team, was serving up cups of butternut squash and apple soup. It had just the right blending of flavors. To ensure variety and the freshest in-season ingredients, Andre changes the menu every two weeks.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Cliff's....Cliff's Ice Cream, that is. Open year-round, Cliff has been making homemade ice cream since 1975. In celebration of autumn, Cliff was serving scoops of pumpkin and apple crumb ice cream at the event.

Ah, so much food and so little time. Tune in for Part 2 of Dining Around the Whistling Swan Inn. Next time you're in the area, be sure to stop by one of these great eateries.

Cliff's Ice Cream
1475 U.S. Highway 46
Ledgewood, NJ
973-584-0721

Prickly Pear Restaurant
80-30 Main St.
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
908-979-0003

Andre's Restaurant
188 Spring St.
Newton, NJ
973-300-4192

Ros

Ros Bruno
Innkeeper
The Whistling Swan Inn
110 Main St.
Stanhope, NJ 07874
973-347-6369
www.whistlingswaninn.com
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Recipe Corner - Apple Crisp

Autumn in central New Jersey means an abundance of fresh apples from local farms, which translates into some delicious hot fruit selections at my bed and breakfast, the Whistling Swan Inn. There is nothing I like better than hot apple crisp, whether served in the morning or as a dessert with lots of chocolate almond ice cream on top. Mmm, mmm, good.

I've tried many recipes from gourmet sources such as Bon Appetit and Epicurious, and even some from the Food Network. But none even come close to the recipe in my old (1981) Betty Crocker Cookbook.

This morning, Debbie, one of my guests from Texas, to my great delight, told me she was following my blog. She loved the apple crisp so much that she asked for it to be posted. Here it is...enjoy.

Betty Crocker's Hot Apple Crisp

  • 4 cups peeled and sliced tart apples (about 4 medium)
  • 2/3 to 3/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Arrange apple slices on  greased square pan 8x8x2 inches. Mix remaining ingredients, sprinkle over apples. 

Bake until topping is golden brown and apples are tender, approximately 30 minutes. Serve warm. If desired it can be topped with ice cream or Devonshire cream. Serves 6.

In the words of my idol, Ina Garten, aka The Barefoot Contessa, "How easy is that?".


See you around the apple orchards.

Ros


Ros Bruno
Innkeeper
The Whistling Swan Inn
110 Main St.
Stanhope, NJ 07874
973-347-6369
www.whistlingswaninn.com
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