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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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Shortcut Tortellini Filled with Ricotta, Roasted Peppers, and Leeks

I saw this idea a few years ago in the blogosphere, and I sort of snubbed it. But I had a craving for fresh pasta (meaning, more than anything, I wanted to make a tasty filling), and I had some wonton wrappers (I usually find them in the refrigerated section at my store) around for making dumplings earlier in the week, so I gave it a shot. It was tasty and easy. It’s no replacement for fresh, homemade egg pasta BUT it’s a lot easier and a great solution for those without a pasta machine. Best of all, you can get creative with your fillings and get amazing results – fast.

And since this filling was delightfully pink, I wanted to take this opportunity to ask anyone and everyone out there to take some time to donate to a great cause. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it’s a great time to support a great cause that’s very close to my heart. Even if all you do is make this delicious ravioli for someone you love in your life!



Lemon-Ginger Cocktail

One of my favorite things about summer is chilled, creative cocktails. But even in colder weather, there’s always an excuse for a drink or two. That’s why I loved this mixture Matt and I concocted this afternoon: with lemon and ginger flavors. Domaine Canton (ginger liquor), Absolut Citron, a squeeze of lemon, and a splash of ginger beer. Crisp, cool, but with a hint of spicy warmth from the ginger that tasted just right. If you’re feeling fancy schmancy, rub the rim of your glasses in lemon-sugar (zested lemon with superfine sugar).

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Pork Cutlets with Leeks, Lemon, and Parsley

It was a long day. The kind of day where I was still thinking about work long after I’d left my office (I’m normally good about leaving work at work). After two market trips (for cakes I’ll discuss in a future post), I was exhausted. I grabbed pork cutlets solely because they were small and thin – would take almost no time to cook.

I love leeks for their subtle onion flavor, and I brightened the dish with a little bit of lemon and fresh herbs. The dish had only 7 ingredients (if you don’t count salt and pepper) and was done in less than 15 minutes. It felt especially good eating it – my feet up and the warmth and aromas coming up towards me. Delish.

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A Cake for the Cousins

I don’t have much family on the East coast. Just about everybody is in the Midwest – which makes trips home extra special. However, I don’t get to make those trips as often as I’d like, so I feel quite fortunate to have re-discovered two of my cousins who live in Brooklyn. They are fabulous – and before I moved to New York, we hadn’t seen eachother since we were children. But now, going home is even more fun because the night before I fly out of New York, I stay with them. To show my gratitude, I always bring them something tasty – bread, chocolates, desserts, and so on.

The last time I saw these lovely cousins was in the fall, and the oldest cousin was celebrating her recent domestic partnership. So this time, when I knew I was to see them, I wanted to make them something to celebrate it also. What else does a baker know how to do for that occasion other than make a cake?

Now, this is in no way Apartment Kitchen fare. It’s a four layer lemon pound cake with whipped lemon infused white chocolate ganache decorated with fondant, royal icing, and gumpaste flowers. It required various pieces of special equipment (that I either had to borrow or do without) and it was much more time consuming than the other recipes I post on this site. However, it WAS made in The Apartment Kitchen, so I am posting it anyway – with yet another thanks for my fabulous cousins!