Maryland is for Jacks

Jumbo Lump Jackcakes {Vegetarian Crab Cakes}

Jackfruit, it’s the new kale.

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As much as I diatribe (not sure that’s a real verb, but hey, I’m on summer vacation) about my general dislike of vegetarian-foods-pretending-to-be-non-vegetarian-foods, I’ll happily relax my ban on such impostors when jackfruit is involved.

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SRP #19: Ninety Degree No-bakes

“SRP” in dentistry means, “scaling & root planing” — a really deep-clean for people with periodontal disease.  “SRP” in FoodSwing lingo means, “short recipe post” — a to-the-point recipe post for people with lives.

Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

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When it’s 8am and already in the mid-80s, there’s no way that I’m turning on the oven.  Still, I could not possibly allow the cookie jar go empty — a cardinal sin in this household.

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Newly Minted

Easy Minty Cake Cookies

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One bowl.  No mixer.  No butter.  Only 10 minutes of chilling.  Annnnd, a whaboom (yes, Bachelorette fans, I said, ‘Whaboom’) of minty, chocolatey flavor.  A dream, you say?  No, my friends.  It’s a reality.  A very simple and delicious reality.

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Stuff & Nonsense

Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

Yes, I know, I didn’t invent the chocolate-peanut-butter flavor combination, but, I DO embrace it wholeheartedly.  In the absence of known peanut allergies, the chocolate-PB combo is about as safe a bet as you can make when baking for other people.  As such, you will find quite a few chocolatey, peanutbuttery recipe options in my archives!
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SRP #18: My own personal kale

In the world of dentistry, “SRP” stands for “Scaling and Root Planing,” a super thorough deep-clean.  In the world of FoodSwingBlog, “SRP” stands for “Short Recipe Post,” a condensed, flavor-packed post with minimal added comedic fillers and no high fructose corn syrup. 

Mustardy Kale & Quinoa Salad

All you kale-o-phobes out there, lend me your ears [tofu-a-phobes might as well listen too — the principles are the same]!!! You don’t hate kale [or tofu], what you hate is the way it has been prepared, or worse, unprepared.  There is a difference.
Kale [or tofu] is a wonderfully nutritious foodstuff, which is, itself, a perfect component of some really tasty dishes.  Unlike sad, soggy iceberg lettuce — fit only for wedge salads & Big Macs — kale has some real heft to it.  Admittedly, this heft is a double-edged sword, just like curly hair, being an adult, or owning a dog.  If eaten straight out of the ground, of course it feels like you’re chewing leather and possibly damaging your TMJ — like I said, it’s hefty!  If somebody just hacked a steak out of a live cow in front of your eyes and handed it to you to eat [Disclaimer:  PETA, fear not, I’m not endorsing such inhumane (or, inbovine) behavior…just making a point], it probably wouldn’t taste too good.

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Lend me some (more) sugar!

Crisp Sugared Sugar Cookies

Because one cannot simply have a single sugar cookie recipe for all occasions, here’s another winner to add to the collection!

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You know those supermarket holiday sugar cookies?  The crisp ones sold in the clear plastic containers, cut in festive shapes, decorated not with icing but instead with a sprinkling of colored sugar?  Admittedly, as a kid, I often passed over these comparatively minimalistic cookies to opt for something with a bit more sugar, a bit more color, and approximately an inch of frosting.  Let’s just say my juvenile palette was not what I would call refined.

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SRP #17: It’s Botanical Week!

“SRP” in dentistry means, “scaling & root planing” — a really deep cleaning for people with periodontal disease.  “SRP” in FoodSwing lingo means, “short recipe post” — a to-the-point recipe post for people with lives…and tastebuds.

Lemon Lavender Sugar Cookies

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As I may have mentioned before, I have a bit of a thing for The Great British Bake-off.  Okay, it’s more than a thing (“raging obsession” might be a more accurate way to express the situation).  My GBBO mania is rivaled only by my debatably unhealthy fixation with Harry Potter — why yes, I am applying for a GED from Hogwarts, funny you should ask.

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Find your quiche

Mushroom, Leek, & Onion Quiche

My family LOVES pungent foods.  I’m talking garlic, sardines, kimchi, cabbage, curries, … really, the stinkier the better.  Also falling into this category:  onions.  If a recipe calls for half of an onion, we use the whole thing.  I stop just short of eating them whole, like apples, but only just.

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Onions are a member of the Allium genus, the grouping that also contains leeks, chives, garlic, & shallots.  As luck (or, leek) would have it, this quiche recipe contains quite a few of these flavorful siblings!  Okay, it’s not luck; it’s entirely on-purpose.

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Labor Day(ish)

Lemon Meringue Pie Cookies

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Isn’t Mother’s Day basically the same as Labor Day?  After all, there would be no mothers on this earth without a day of labor. #lamaze
Lemon meringue pie, like quiche & quinoa, has somehow acquired a decidedly feminine aura.  Sure, it has a light & delicate look — one might even call it dainty — but, when made well, the sharpness of that lemon curd is a full-on bodyslam of flavor, with a crisp-yet-airy meringue topping to add balance to the dessert.  Even the manliest of men should be able to appreciate something like that!

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Doctor’s orders!

Glazed Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

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With the commencement festivities now concluded, it’s back to baking — doctor’s orders!  We’re fast approaching that time of year when those just-purchased green bananas morph into mushy, brown blobs in the blink of an eye.  As such, now is an excellent time to share some of my favorite banana-based baked goods.  I know you’ll go bananas for them too!

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