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Hello internet friends!

If you’re new here, let me fill you in on a not-so-secret secret,  The last day of the month on Midwestern Bite pretty much always means Foodie Pen Pals and the Chopped Challenge.  It’s my blogging claim to fame.  I love it.  My readers love it (at least Aly seems to like it anyway.)  The Husband who gets to eat what I concoct loves it.  He was especially fond of the brownie challenge.  The ice cream challenge ranked pretty high on his list too (even despite the giant plastic rat I posed it with.)  Oh, and Big Balls . . . cause it was funny and he got to pose for some hilarious pictures.  Wait.  No.  The really funny pictures of him, blindfolded, were in the caramel apple butter challenge.

I’ve clearly been doing this awhile.  In fact, you could even say I’m an expert.  The fact I’m the only one who does the Chopped Challenge at all is irrelevant to my expert status.

Here’s the Haps.  The Lean Green Bean organizes a cool program called Foodie Pen Pals.  You sign up and get matched with two other pen pals, one who you sends you a fifteen dollar foodie box… and one that will receive a foodie box you send.  That way you meet two new foodie friends per month.  My twist since I started the program over a year ago has been to take the entire box of random goodies I receive and create a recipe from it.

Yes, the entire box.

Yes, last month I totally combined dried mushrooms, chocolate, mint and coconut.  And it was totally tasty.

This month’s Chopped Challenge is actually from a box I received late a few months back.  I sorta forgot to sign up for the program in May.  Whooops.  I won’t make that mistake in June.  Luckily I had the late box from February to fall back on so I didn’t disappoint you all today.

Here’s what I received:

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Way back around Valentines Day I got the Momofuku Milk Bar Cookbook.  So far I’ve only made one recipe . . . The Birthday Layer Cake.  I turned the recipe into cupcakes for my Grandma’s 90th birthday though.  My nephew said he liked them better than Panera’s Mac ‘n Cheese.  That’s high praise from a five year old.  High praise indeed. 

No, I did not take any pictures and I stink for that but I plan on making this recipe again.  I did borrow a pic from the Momofuku webpage so you’d have something pretty to look at.  Here’s what the real deal looks like.

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This one recipe contains four parts.

1 recipe Birthday Cake

1 recipe Birthday Cake Soak

1 recipe Birthday Cake Frosting

1 recipe Birthday Cake Crumb

It’s the Birthday Cake Crumb I’d like to talk about.

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Whenever I attempt to bring a chocolate-free dessert into our home,

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The Husband only has one thing to say.

Were they out of chocolate?

Lemon bars.  Were they out of chocolate?

Oatmeal cookies.  Were they out of chocolate?

Banana Cajeta ice cream that was ten bucks a freaking pint.  Were they out of chocolate?

Momofuku’s super fun funfetti Birthday Cake that cost sixty bucks for the Cookbook and specialty supplies alone not to mention the time it takes to meld the four recipes together into one cake.  Were they out of chocolate?

So you can imagine The Husband’s response when I informed him I was making Sour Cream Raisin Pie for some new friends we were having over for dinner one Saturday night.

Were they out of chocolate?

The Husband went as far as to tweet an apology to our friends and promise he would have Oreos in reserve as a proper dessert.

For the record, “they” were not out of chocolate.  Sometimes I just like to mix things up.  I don’t make the exact same recipes every holiday like grandma did.  I don’t eat vegetarian every Monday for “Meatless Monday” and I don’t always like chocolate in my dessert.

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