Enjoy Fall While It Lasts

By Joanne Rosa

The air is crisp, the leaves are changing, and there are pumpkins every corner you turn. This can only mean one thing: it’s fall!

If you’re not about infusing pumpkin spice into everything you eat and drink, then we have a better alternative plan for our Wendy Watchers.

Get outside and enjoy the scenery before you start to hibernate.

Here are the best places to visit this fall.

Berkshires, Massachusetts

Autumn foliage and lake, The Berkshires, Massachusetts.

Located in western Massachusetts, the Berkshires are not short of activities for you to do while enjoying the fall foliage. The scenery is so good, that the Berkshires have an entire festival dedicated to it. For over 60 years, the Fall Foliage Festival has been a Massachusetts staple.

Cape May, New Jersey

Who says the fun in Jersey ends when summer does?! Cape May is one of the oldest shore towns in the United States, and the small town vibe is at an all time high here. Once fall starts, the Victorian town experiences a makeover, and the autumn happenings take way. One of the notable Cape May experiences are the Halloween themed tours in October. In a town that was founded in the late 1600s, we’re sure there’s a lot of spookation to be seen.

Napa Valley, California


The luxuriation of it all! Napa Valley is the place to go if you want to getaway with your significant other or your girls. Enjoy the scenery with a glass of wine, and hit up the spa when you’re done. There’s plenty to do in Napa Valley, but we’re gonna take a wild guess and assume our Wendy Watchers will be more than pleased with a relaxing morning at the spa, some Napa wine during the day, and exploring the nightlife scene after a disco nap.

Snowmass, Colorado

Mountainsides covered in colorful aspen trees and evergreens.

Colorado is known for their ski slopes (amongst other things). It’s also one of the best places to experience fall, specifically Snowmass. Snowmass is the perfect place to be when you need a little escape, but don’t want to be completely out of touch with the world. We are especially into the idea of experiencing the Aspen Film Festival, which is less than 20 minutes from Snowmass. You’re bound to run into some celebrities there, and enjoy a few movies.

Taos, New Mexico


Never heard of Taos? It just might become your new favorite place. “Far away from the every day,” Taos lives up to its slogan. This is where you go when you’re in need of a little rejuvenation. After all these years, Taos has stayed true to its roots. If you want to see the beauty that is fall in New Mexico, you must travel through the Enchanted Circle. We know it sounds insane, but hear us out! The Enchanted Circle is an 85-mile scenic byway that immerses you through valleys, mountains, rivers, and wildlife. Rent a convertible, and take the day to drive around. You won’t regret it!

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The Weeknd Teases Marvel Collaboration at Comic-Con

The Weeknd is up to something.

After posting a series of red squares on Instagram, Abel Tesfaye shared a comic book illustration of his eyes, teasing an apparent collaboration with Marvel for Comic-Con.

“Comic-Con New York October 7th @marvel,” is all that his caption revealed. Marvel posted the same photo with its own cryptic caption, which only revealed the date.

Comic-Con New York || October 7th @marvel

A post shared by The Weeknd (@theweeknd) on Sep 30, 2017 at 11:01am PDT

At press time, it’s unclear what the photo is meant to tease. However, The Weeknd has talked about a possible Starboy comic in the past. In November, he told Beats 1 about those plans.

“Starboy is the next chapter in this chronicle, this saga,” he explained (via Complex). “I guess this is the fourth chapter. He’s a character that we created. It’s so funny, we want to create a comic out of him as well.”

During the interview, Abel revealed some of the characteristics that make up the Starboy. “He’s a cool, dope character that makes appearances a lot on the album,” he added. “He’s definitely made his appearance in different records in the past as well. He’s a more braggadocios character that we all have inside of us.”

On top of the comic book illustration, Abel has also recently been teasing a Marvel collaboration through social media, including posting the Marvel intro and wearing a Marvel hat.

? | #theweeknd #marvel

A post shared by The Weeknd (@the.weeknd) on Sep 29, 2017 at 2:21pm PDT

Back in July, he also tweeted: “might go to comic-con.”

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Video: Kodak Black – ‘I N U’

Kodak Black keeps rolling on in the self-directed video for “I N U,” his latest loose single.

To start the clip, which was edited by Lil Kodak and Wavylord, Project Baby rolls around on the floor, while repeatedly screaming about how he doesn’t eat baby food. Then, accompanied by a baseball bat, he rolls around the city in a black Range Rover.

The controversial rapper, who’s on house arrest, tries to pass the time by counting, ironing, and lighting money on fire. He also tries to light a gaming system remote on fire, then walks around with an electric drill before slamming his head on the car’s steering wheel.

Throughout his verses, Kodak raps about being a baby, even though he has a child (“I’m a baby with a baby”) and even though he’s about to be an uncle (“My brother ’bout to have a baby / ‘Bout to be an uncle and I’m a baby”). He also raps about getting calls from the Department of Children and Family Services, and about his views on education.

“I don’t even feel right, ni**a, tellin’ these kids to stay in school,” he raps. “‘Cause I always did the opposite, ni**a, I ain’t stay in school / Maybe if they told me not to go, I probably would’ve stayed in school / Codeine and orange soda, that’s my formula, I don’t want baby food / I don’t eat baby food.”

This is just the latest track that Lil Kodak has released in the past few months, including “Lil Shoota Love,” “No Flockin 2 (Bodak Orange),” and his official remix to Cardi B’s Kodak-inspired chart-topper, “Bodak Yellow.”

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Video: Busta Rhymes feat. Tory Lanez & Vybz Kartel – ‘Girlfriend’

Hands in the air! Busta Rhymes jets to Jamaica in the video for his Vybz Kartel and Tory Lanez-assisted banger “Girlfriend.”

Directed by Bussa Bus and Benny Boom, the cinematic visual kicks off with Busta arriving at the Norman Manley International Airport, where he’s greeted by Beenie Man. From there, the duo sails out on a yacht with Spliff Star and a bevy of beautiful models.

Before heading out to a special party, the Conglomerate boss stops by the local prison, to check on Vybz Kartel, who films his scenes in a dimly-lit jail cell. Afterwards, Tory Lanez performs his verse at a wild bash, where he’s surrounded by more gorgeous women.

The clip, which features cameos from Ninja Man, Junior Reid, Foota Hype, Spice, and Bounty Killer, arrives ahead of Busta’s next album, the follow-up to 2012’s Year of the Dragon.

Head to Jamaica with Busta and friends below.

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Chris Brown Previews Ella Mai Collaboration

Chris Brown is teaming up with Ella Mai.

After the DJ Mustard protégée shared a photo of the duo in the studio, Breezy posted a snippet of what fans can expect from their forthcoming collaboration.

Over what sounds like Mustard’s production, Ella can be heard harmonizing with Breezy, on a track about infidelity.

“The lights ain’t even on right now,” she sings, while Brown provides ad-libs in the background. “I can’t even see what’s going on right now / The chemistry is so strong right now / I don’t even care if I’m wrong right now.”

????? @ellamai ?????? ❤️

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Ella has called Breezy her second biggest influence behind Lauryn Hill. “I couldn’t tell you what it is about his music that connects with me, but it’s there, and it’s been there since I was 10 or 11,” she told The FADER.

In May, Ella celebrated the fact that Brown posted a video of himself, bopping to one of her songs. “i remember being 13 with a pink ipod and the only music on it was @chrisbrown. HUGE inspiration to me! lost for words,” she wrote.

Ella has also posted several covers of Breezy songs, including “Back to Sleep,” “Play No Games,” “New Flame,” and more.

The longtime supporter has even shared her collection of Chris Brown albums through 2015.

In February of 2016, Brown started following Ella on Instagram. To celebrate, she posted a reflection on her early years. “in highschool i used to tell people chris brown will know my name one day & everyone used to say stop dreaming,” she wrote, with a screenshot of his follow.

For now, it’s unclear where the song will land, but it could very well appear on the follow-up to Ella’s Ready EP. Meanwhile, Breezy is still prepping the release of his long-awaited double album, Heartbreak on a Full Moon, which is set to drop on Halloween.

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“Half Baked Harvest” Apple Recipes

Overnight Oats, Two Ways
Serves 2

Overnight Oats | "Half Baked Harvest"

Overnight Oats | “Half Baked Harvest”

I think oatmeal gets such a bad rap. We all know oats are good for us, but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring. Enter these two crazy-easy oat recipes. They’re perfect to make ahead the night before, then just grab and go in the morning. There are two ways to make them. The first method is to combine the oats in a jar or bowl and allow them to sit in the fridge overnight. The second method is to combine everything in your slow cooker the night before and let it cook low and slow—when you wake up, your kitchen will smell amazing. What I love about this recipe is that you can change up the flavors depending on the seasons. In the fall, I’ll top my oats with apples; in the winter, fresh citrus; in the spring, strawberries; and in the summer, stone fruits.

Pecan Banana Bread
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1½ cups milk of your choice (I like canned coconut milk)
2 very ripe bananas, mashed, plus sliced banana for topping
¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes, toasted
2 tablespoons honey, plus more for serving
1 tablespoon chia seeds
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon flaky sea salt
½ cup pecans, toasted
Fresh or dried figs, halved, for serving
Pomegranate seeds, for serving
1. In a medium bowl, stir together the oats, milk, mashed banana, yogurt, coconut, honey, chia seeds, vanilla, and salt until well combined. Divide the mixture evenly between two bowls or two 8- to 12-ounce glass jars. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.
2. In the morning, stir the oats, then top with sliced banana, toasted pecans, and figs. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds.

Warm Cranberry Apple
Butter or nonstick cooking spray, for greasing
1¼ cups steel-cut oats
1½ cups milk of your choice (I like canned coconut milk)
1 cup apple cider
2 apples (I like Honeycrisp), cored and chopped, plus more for serving
½ cup dried cranberries, plus more for serving
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, plus more, if desired, for serving
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for serving
¼ teaspoon flaky sea salt
Toasted pecans, for serving
Toasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas), for serving
1. Lightly grease your slow cooker with cooking spray or butter. In the slow cooker, combine the oats, milk, cider, apples, cranberries, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and 1 cup of water and stir to combine. Cover and cook on Low for 6 to 9 hours.
2. In the morning, stir the oats, then serve warm, topped with apple, cranberries, cinnamon, pecans, and pumpkin seeds. Drizzle with additional maple syrup, if desired.

Apple and Brie Soup with Bacon and Pumpkin Seed Granola
Serves: 4

Apple and Brie Soup | "Half Baked Harvest"

Apple and Brie Soup | “Half Baked Harvest”

When the air turns crisp and the leaves begin to change colors, my apple obsession kicks into high gear, and I begin to focus all my creativity on cooking and baking with apples. Enter this soup! This is the ultimate in fall comfort food. If there’s one recipe to make when the weather starts to change, this should be it. The Brie pairs so well with the sweet apples and autumn squash. Top off your bowl with savory pumpkin seed and bacon granola and this recipe will be one you return to year after year!

Apple and Brie Soup
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 small sweet onion, sliced
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
⅔ cup apple cider
2 Honeycrisp apples, cored and chopped
3 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash
or pumpkin (about ½ medium)
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
1 (12-ounce) bottle beer (I like to use pumpkin beer)
3 to 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
¼ teaspoon cayenne
1 cup whole milk
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
8 ounces Brie cheese, rind removed, cut into cubes
Bacon and Pumpkin Seed Granola
4 thick-cut bacon slices
2 tablespoons salted butter
½ cup uncooked old-fashioned rolled oats
½ cup raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
Kosher salt

1. In a large stockpot, heat the oil over medium. When it shimmers, add the onion and season with a pinch each of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes, until softened. Slowly add ⅓ cup of the cider and let it cook into the onions. Repeat until all the cider has been added and the onions are caramelized, about 10 minutes total. Add the apples, squash, and thyme and cook over medium heat, stirring, until softened, about 8 minutes. Add the beer, 3 cups of the broth, and the cayenne. Increase the heat to high, bring to a simmer, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the apples and squash are tender.

2. MEANWHILE, MAKE THE GRANOLA. In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Drain on a paper towel–lined plate. When cool enough to handle, coarsely crumble the bacon.

3. In the same large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat and cook until just beginning to brown and smell toasted. Add the oats and pumpkin seeds and cook for 1 minute more. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the crumbled bacon. Season with salt.

4. When the apples and squash are tender, transfer the soup to a blender and pulse until smooth

5. Return the soup to the pot and set over medium heat. Stir in the milk, then bring the soup to a low boil. Stir in the cheddar and Brie until melted and smooth. Add more broth to thin the soup, if desired. Simmer for about 5 minutes more, or until ready to serve.

6. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with the granola.

Salted Treacle Butter Apple Pie
Makes: One 8-inch pie

Salted Treacle Butter Apple Pie | "Half Baked Harvest"

Salted Treacle Butter Apple Pie | “Half Baked Harvest”

I am so excited about this pie, and for more reasons than you’d probably think. Yes, it is insanely delicious, but perhaps more important, I want to chat about the fact that it has treacle butter. If you don’t know what treacle butter is, you are obviously not as big a Harry Potter freak as I am. That’s fine, but then I need to explain a bit. Treacle, also called golden syrup, is basically the British form of blackstrap molasses, and it happens to be one of Harry Potter’s favorite flavors. I added flaky sea salt and butter to make salted treacle butter. Now, I fully realize that might not sound like the best thing ever, but I am here to tell you that it is the best thing ever. Slather the butter over the entire pie just as it comes out of the oven, and you will soon realize just how brilliant this combination is.

Butter or nonstick cooking spray, for greasing
All-purpose flour, for dusting
2 piecrust rounds, store-bought or homemade (recipe follows)
Treacle Butter
4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
Pinch of flaky sea salt

3 pounds Honeycrisp and/or Granny Smith apples, cored, and sliced ¼ inch thick
½ cup packed light brown sugar
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 large egg, beaten
Coarse sugar, for sprinkling
Browned Butter Ice Cream, for serving

1. Grease an 8-inch pie plate with butter or cooking spray.
2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pie dough into two 12-inch rounds. Carefully transfer one round to the prepared pie plate, lifting up the edges and allowing the dough to sink down into the bottom of the dish—don’t stretch it. Trim the edges if needed, then prick the bottom of the dough with a fork a few times.
3. MAKE THE TREACLE. Stir together the butter and molasses in a small bowl. Add the salt and stir to combine.
4. Pour half the treacle butter into a large bowl and set the remainder aside for serving. Add the apples, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice. Toss until everything is evenly distributed. Spoon the mixture into the piecrust in the dish. Be sure to scrape in all the good juices from the bowl.
5. Place the second pie dough round on top of the apples. Push the edges of the top crust against the pie plate and crimp the edges of the bottom crust together with the top crust to seal the pie. Alternatively, roll out the top round, cut the dough into strips, and create a lattice top (see photograph, page 256).
6. Brush the top crust with the beaten egg. Using a sharp knife, cut four slits into the top crust to allow steam to escape. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge until the crust is firm, at least 1 hour.


“Half Baked Harvest Cookbook” is available now.

Reprinted from Half Baked Harvest Cookbook. Copyright © 2017 by Tieghan Gerard. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC.

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JAY-Z “Bam” + “4:44” On ‘SNL’

Saturday Night HOV

JAY-Z brought his 4:44 so Saturday Night Live for the show’s 43rd season. With Ryan Gosling as host, HOV performed “Bam” alongside Damian Marley in front of a camouflage backdrop with a Colin Kaepernick jersey on supporting the NFL protests. Jiggaman than returned and toned things down with a rare performance of the album’s personal and title track.


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JAY-Z Performs on ‘SNL’ Premiere

H-O-V takes S-N-L.

“Saturday Night Live” kicked off its 43rd season with some help from host Ryan Gosling and musical guest JAY-Z. In his first televised performance this year, the hip-hop icon delivered two songs, “Bam” and “4:44,” off his chart-topping album 4:44.

Rocking Colin Kaepernick’s “7” jersey, Hov was joined by Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley for a electrifying performance of their reggae-inspired banger “Bam.” Against the red lights and camouflage backdrop, Hov blessed the No I.D. beat, while Damian repped for his native Jamaica as a Lion of Judah flag waved across the stage.

Watch his “Bam” performance below.

For his second performance of the night, Mr. Carter stripped things down. Sporting a paper plane snapback, Puma sneakers, and a white tee, Sir and Rumi’s father took the mic alone to perform the confessional title track off “4:44.” Against a bare set, he rapped about his rocky relationship with Beyoncé until the lights eventually faded to black.

Next up, Hov is set to bring his live show to a city near you when his “4:44 Tour” kicks off Oct. 27 in Anaheim, Calif.

Watch “4:44” below.

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