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    A recent graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, I found myself with no money, no kitchen equipment, and an exceptionally huge appetite. Ideas, improvisations, and yummy meal solutions were discovered in the kitchen of my very first apartment.
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    Brown Sugar Apple Upside Down Cake with Apple Cider Caramel and Spiced Walnuts

    The other weekly challenge over at Food52 was for Apple Cake. Living in the Hudson Valley means some of the best selection and variety of apples I have ever seen. I love the orchards this time of year, and the farm stands, and the smell of cinnamon, spices, and sweet appley goodness coming out in all it’s best forms, including cider (cider doughnuts – a love of mine that will have to be addressed another day). Anyway, I feel like cider is a great way to amp up the flavor of an apple cake, so I smothered my apple upside down cake with apple cider caramel and served it warm. Yum yum.


    White Chocolate Poundcake with Caramel Drizzle

    My cousin Sarah just graduated from high school. I wish I could have given her I proper graduation gift, but in commemoration of the beautiful white gowns they wear to their ceremony, I made her a white chocolate cake. Studded with white chocolate and topped with a caramel drizzle, this poundcake is a winner: and will mail well (if you’re looking to send a gift)!

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    Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate Caramel Frosting

    When company is on it’s way, I love to bake. Normally, I busy myself with savory treats, because neither Matt or I have much of a sweet tooth. That, and we would probably eat it all if it laid around the house too long. So when I had a group of friends heading up this weekend, I figured it was time to whip out the spatulas, pastry bags, and, of course, chocolate.

    That was the only request from my guests. When I asked what I should make, the answer was just: “Something with chocolate!” So I brought out an old favorite recipe. These cupcakes are thick, moist, and chewy like a good brownie. Spotted with chocolate chunks, they have a double chocolate edge. The frosting is a whipped ganache infused with the flavor of carmel – it is light and airy while still packed with amazing chocolate flavor. It’s a really unique frosting recipe that is simple to make and can really transform any cake!

    If this isn’t enough chocolate, I don’t know what is!

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    Moose Munch

    Over the Christmas holidays, my brother’s girlfriend introduced me to a delicious product called Moose Munch. Depending on the variety, it is a chocolatey, caramely, popcorny treat made by Harry and David. I offered to try to recreate it for her. I finally cracked down this weekend and did it. I was able to make a huge batch for a lot less money than they charge at Harry and David, and I learned a lot in the process. The best thing is, it’s a great treat to send to people in a care package – it travels well. Also, it gets better after a day or two as the flavors meld, so it’s easy to make in advance!

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