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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Donut go breakin’ my heart </3

Easy Cake Batter Donuts

All of the excitement surrounding the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino reinforces the idea the odd phenomenon that is our obsession with colors.  Tie-died clothing, unnaturally-colored hair, and food that I’m 99% sure no caveman would recognize all capitalize on our inexplicable attraction to color.  These donuts are no different!

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The plain and humble cake donut was always a favorite of mine from the classic, bread-aisle, boxed trio.  Even in retrospect, this preference still surprises me!  As a kid, I was, by rule, always attracted to the gaudiest, most colorful, sweetest, least “natural”-looking foods, yet still, the delicious simplicity of the plain donut broke won over my childish, unrefined palate.
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