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Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie Cupcakes
with Butter Pecan Frosting

Today, I had to say goodbye to some dear friends. OK, so it isn’t a real goodbye as I am positive that I will see then again and through the powers of this Internet thing, I am quite sure that we will be in touch all the time, but today these two friends stopped being co-tenants. They moved into the building we shared within weeks of me, and it’s been a decade of living here, so ten years of waves and smiles when we were in a hurry, gossip about other neighbors, the parking, the laundry, the snow — god, the snow of 2015! — Italy, Harvard, Germany, our respective families and cats. They have always gotten my foodie experiments, and I remember telling Erin about CSPS a few weeks after I went down this path and she trying my Roasted Salsa Black Bean Soup (March 2011). In exchange, I always received extras from their Crop Share (thank you again, guys!). So a fare-ye-well from me always involves food. So I made these Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie Cupcakes with Butter Pecan Frosting for them to take on their drive down to their new home.
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Carrot Cake Cheesecake

We’ll be moving on from the Easter Theme here shortly, but I thought that I would post one more Carrot Cake idea: This is Carrot Cake Cheesecake, carrot cake on the bottom, light and flavorful cheesecake on the top, lots of pecans in both. Lovely dessert for this Easter Sunday.
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Carrot Cake with Almond Cream and Flowers

Here is my present to the Easter Bunny: A spectacularly delicious Carrot Cake with Almond Cream and cute little flowers made from sliced almonds and candy covered chocolate eggs (you could use M&Ms too. It’s really moist, very carrot-y, not too sweet and very flavorful. Came out great and I am actually really pleased. The photos aren’t so great, because I had to take them early in the morning. The cake was a present for a friend and I needed to deliver it early this morning before prime “photography time”. 🙂
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Champagne Mango Coconut Tart

Every year right about this time of year, Champagne Mangoes (the smaller, all yellow ones) go massively on sale at Whole Foods, often 5 for $5, and sometimes even cheaper. That was the impetus of this tart… mangoes are cheap, the weather is miserable and this would cheer up and otherwise dreary day (if nothing else, just the color!). It’s modeled after a Key Lime Pie, but not quite as tart. The coconut is actually a last minute addition, only because I had a package of shredded coconut in the house. All in all, not much of a joke on this April Foods Day.
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Bailey’s Irish Cream Brownies

So it’s getting to that time of the year again: St. Patrick’s Day. And that usually means at least one stereo-typical foodie post on the matter. This year, that involves these Bailey’s Irish Cream Brownies. Even if they are stero-typical, they still taste good! 🙂
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