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This nostalgic apple crumb cake is the ultimate no-fuss dessert to bake at home

If there’s one dessert that reminds Salon’s resident pastry chef Meghan McGarry of home, it’s crumb cake.

“Crumb cake has a certain nostalgia to it, because there was always a crumb cake in my house growing up,” McGarry, the owner of the beloved Buttercream Blondie brand, tells Salon. “Whenever a guest would stop by, we would cut off a slice of crumb cake to ensure a warm welcome.”

When McGarry developed her recipe for apple crumb cake, her goal was to recreate that same nostalgia factor. It’s the third recipe featured in her series of go-to seasonal bakes for Salon Food. It follows an apple loaf cake, which was a warm welcome to fall, and apple crisp bars, which magnified the star fruit of the season.

This week’s apple crumb cake is another cozy bake, and all of the falls spices you’ve become acquainted with are back again to work

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11 of the best new ideas in kitchens, from ‘levitating’ kitchen units to the ultimate wine fridge

The world of kitchens seems to produce ceaseless innovation. Amelia Thorpe picks out some of the latest looks and cleverest new ideas.

Elk Kitchens doing it differently

Architects George Gardner and Peter Foulk have set up ELK, producing bespoke kitchens that feature their own patent-pending storage solutions, which are designed to ensure that all cupboard and shelf space is used to the maximum. These include their striking, triangular-shaped V-drawers, intended as ‘function centres’, with contents visible and accessible.

‘Unlike most kitchens, which are built from boxes, ELK’s designs are based on a framework, which frees the designers from standard restrictions and uses less than 50% of the material of a conventional kitchen,’ explains Mr Gardner. Each kitchen is constructed at ELK’s workshop in Hampshire, using responsibly sourced timber engineered to produce a stable framework, often using light and dark woods for contrast and to highlight the unusual shape of the

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You Can Now Redeem Chase Ultimate Rewards at Supermarkets, Restaurants and Home Improvement Stores. But Should You?

As an expert in credit cards and travel rewards, I know how to work the system. Up until COVID hit the U.S. this spring, I earned hundreds of thousands of points in Chase’s Ultimate Rewards program, which I redeemed to take personal and business trips nearly every month.



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But I haven’t traveled since March. And it’s unlikely that I’ll travel again this year. So what do rewards credit card users like me do with all of the travel rewards that we’ve earned?

Thankfully, Chase now offers several non-travel ways to redeem rewards, called Pay Yourself Back℠. Should you use your points for these new options?



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How Chase ‘Pay Yourself Back’ works

Before COVID, there were two ways to redeem Chase Ultimate Rewards points for travel rewards. One way was to transfer rewards to airline miles and hotel points,

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