Challah by Chand

Classic Challah [hand-method]

It’s that time of year again — grab your dreidels, and make some challah!

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Regardless of your religious affiliation or lack thereof, anybody can make and appreciate a good challah.  In fact, challah may be best-appreciated the following day in the form of Challah French Toast, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.

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SRP #12: O Granol-y Night

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. 

Banana, Nutella, & Almond Granola

One cannot live on cookies alone.        ~Confucius

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O Come All Ye Basil

Citrus-Basil Pinwheels

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Basil?  In a cookie??  Why not?!  After all, Colorado’s all about herb these days, maybe we should all hop on board.
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‘Floral Week’ on the most recent season of The Great British Bake Off really got me thinking.  Though I’m certainly not a cookie traditionalist by any means [browse my <Recipes> tab for details], I tend to stay in my cookie safe-space, experimenting mostly with familiar flavors – vanilla, mint, cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate, salt, etc.  I use lots of fresh and dried herbs in my cooking, but I have yet to really get my feet wet incorporating herbs into dessert foods.  So, here went nothing!

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Going Soft

Honey Brown Butter Soft Pretzels

“I have to put these pretzels in the all-time top 5 of your creations.”  ~Tom  {CONTEXTUAL NOTE:  I make A LOT of ‘creations.’}
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Hearing those beautiful words confirmed that I finally won the soft pretzel game.  Incidentally, Tom has been absolved of the need to buy me Christmas presents for the next 5 years.

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Merry Mocha

Espresso Nutella Sandwiches

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I’m on a bit of a “spread” kick of late.  Cookie butter, Nutella, straight-up peanut butter, and a rare-yet-dangerously-addicting find:  cookie dough flavored organic peanut butter (if your keyboard just short-circuited from a big drool dribble, my apologies).  These creamy, yet SUPER nutrient-dense condiments call to me constantly, like the Sirens to Odysseus in Homer’s high-school staple read, The Odyssey.

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As such, I’ve been trying to find vehicles for them that will force a bit of portion control — the fact that I’m using cookies as these “vehicles” is beside the point (see my latest post for a fabulous use for cookie butter:  White Chocolate Spiced Speculoos Cookies).  I need to give my finger, [ahem], I mean, spoon, a break.

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