Not a tough Nutella to crack

Nutella-stuffed Brown Butter Cookies

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I don’t know if there’s a valid evolutionary explanation for why stuffed things are so much more appealing than their unstuffed counterparts.  Perhaps it’s the mystery of the unseen waiting inside, or maybe it’s the fact that stuffing something makes it BIGGER (and bigger is better).  Who knows?  I’ll end my speculations here, without delving into any Freudian fetal fantasies to explain this phenomenon; I’ll just keep enjoying cheese-stuffed chicken breasts, chickpea-stuffed eggplant, and, of course, these Nutella-stuffed Brown Butter Cookies, no questions asked.

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SRP #16: Piece of Cake (or Cookie!)

An “SRP” in dentistry, short for “Scaling & Root Planing,” is an anesthesia-requiring deep-cleaning procedure.  A FoodSwing Blog “SRP,” short for “Short Recipe Post,” is a concentrated flavor and humor experience…numbing optional.

Cake Batter Sugar Cookies

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My dad really is right about everything, and the older I get, the more I realize it.  Coupons are gimmicks.  Sure, they CAN save you money, if used responsibly for items you would buy anyway.  More frequently, however, coupons tend to lead you to purchase things you’d’ve never before considered, AND EVEN WORSE, they lead you to buy large quantities of them!  The Jolly Rancher jelly beans featured in these cookies are case en pointe.  Not only did I have a “Save $2 When You Buy 3 Bags” coupon, but the grocery store I was in had a “Buy 2 Get 1 Free” deal on top of the coupon.  So, as you can see, I really had no choice.  I HAD to buy these jelly beans.

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CE #2: Taco Tuesday (or Everyday)

In the dental world, CE stands for ‘Continuing Education,’ courses that you pay to take to keep yo’ skillz fresh; here, though, CE will stand for ‘Cheap Eats,’ meal recipes that are both affordable and delectable.

Pineapple-Black Bean Tacos

w/ Quick Pickled Radishes & Cilantro-Lime Brown Rice

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Ticky tacky taco, sis-boom-baco!  Don’t really know where that came from, but that was the chorus that would ring through the kitchen whenever my mom would make tacos when I was a kid (which was actually a bit longer ago than I am prepared to admit).  My family likes to rhyme things.

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Tacos were probably the most-frequently-requested birthday dinner of my youth.  I loved piling my tortilla with as much STUFF as possible and cramming my mammoth creation into my mouth, letting all the taco juices dripped down my wrist onto my plate (or, lap, as it were).  After all, what kid (or adult) likes neat and mess-free foods? Continue reading

Carrot (Cake) and Stick

Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies

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The combination of carrot and cake may, at first, seem odd (and maybe at second as well), but, if you’ve always shunned this springtime staple due to sheer cognitive dissonance, I sincerely urge you to take the risk and give it a try.  Carrot cake, in no way, tastes like a dessert that’s been corrupted by the hefty presence of an interloping vegetable, and it certainly doesn’t taste “healthy,” rather, it tastes downright moist and decadent (especially when slathered with cream cheese frosting — its classic partner in crime).

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SRP #15: Creme de la Creme de Menthe

In the world of dentistry, “SRP” stands for “Scaling and Root Planing.”  In the world of FoodSwingBlog, “SRP” stands for “Short Recipe Post,” a way for me to augment the recipe archives without the pressure of excessive punning.

Creme de Menthe Brownies

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  That special day when green is good, alcohol is encouraged (more than usual), and all red-haired humans are appreciated.  These chocolatey brownies, with Creme de Menthe-spiked buttercream, and fudgy chocolate ganache are the perfect way to share festive tidings with your friends, while using up some of the Creme de Menthe that seemed like a good idea when you bought it a few years ago (alcohol doesn’t go bad though, right?!).  Don’t worry, it only gets better with age; like bleu cheese.  [Note:  Do not sub bleu cheese for the Creme de Menthe in this recipe.  Trust me on this one.]

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Happy (area)/[(radius)^2] Day

Tangerine Meringue Pie

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Time to clarify a matter of frequent confusion within the citrus family.  Mandarins, clementines, and tangerines are NOT the same things.  Clementines and tangerines are separate members of the mandarin family (kind of like that whole a square is a rectangle, but a rectangle is not a square thing).  Clementines are those seedless, easy-to-peel beauties that kids and adults love; tangerines are the similar-looking cousin that you accidentally buy expecting them to be clementines, which only reveal their true identities when peeled, bearing their ~1 million pointed seeds, rendering the eating experience decidedly unpleasurable.  I may be speaking from experience.
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Honey, I’m Good.

Honey & Olive Oil Granola

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One bowl.  No fuss.  Packed with MUFAs and PUFAs.  There is, indeed, a perfect food.  Homemade granola.  This homemade granola, to be exact.
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Homemade granola is ridiculously simple and incredibly versatile.  You can basically add whatever components you like, as long as you have sufficient wet stuff to coat the dry stuff (sorry for being so jargony).

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CE Course #1: Flip it real good

CE #1:  Upside-down Pizza

A loyal blog reader and good friend of mine suggested I add a Cheap Eats series to my blog.  In the dental world, CE stands for ‘Continuing Education,’ courses that you pay to take to keep yo’ skillz fresh; here, though, CE will stand for ‘Cheap Eats,’ meal recipes that are both affordable and delectable.  Thanks for the suggestion, Chris!

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Most people are familiar with the classic tale of the humble 3M Sticky Note.  Intending to develop a new adhesive, the 3M scientists instead came up with the now mainstream temporary adhesive that allows us to peel, stick, unpeel, and re-stick all of our most essential reminders and lists.  My discovery of Upside-down Pizza has a similar birth story.

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