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Ritz and Roll


Generally our diet was healthy. My mother insisted on fresh fruits and vegetables from farmsteads and local orchards when they were available; She and my grandmother froze, canned and preserved seasonal fruits and veggies for consumption in the cold and barren winter months. Even so, my mother was a product of her generation and many of the back- of- the- box recipes were her dessert specialities. Even as my adult tastes evolved, I never lost my love for these decadent and decidedly less-than-gourmet indulgences.

RITZ MOCK APPLE PIE AND ENTERING THE WORLD. . .

My own birth story, in fact, goes something like this. . . My mother had just made Ritz Mock Apple Pie. Shortly afterwards, she went into labor. Given my appetite for every iteration of pie, it makes complete sense that I decided to enter the world as soon as a pie had been pulled from the oven.

INA GARTEN'S MOCHA CHOCOLATE ICEBOX CAKE

Fast forward a few decades. My mother requests that I make an icebox cake recipe by Ina Garten for my Dad's birthday. I was and am a HUGE fan of all things Ina, yet somehow this delectable version had escaped my notice. It was a Google search that changed my icebox cake life forever. Ina's Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake is an elegant and sophisticated version of the original. My homage to the original, and because I really love the flavor, was to keep the Nabisco Chocolate Wafers instead of subbing in the Tate's cookies. I don't think you can go wrong either way.


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