It’s peanut butter jelly time!

PB&J Swirl Loaf

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches — the stuffs of lunchboxes past.  PB&J-eaters can be divided into a few different groups based on deeply-entrenched preferences:  white bread, wheat bread, grape jelly, strawberry jelly, creamy peanut butter, crunchy peanut butter, …the list goes on.

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Most of us remember sad, squishy PB&J sandwiches for field trips when ice packs and coolers were not to be had.  When you think about it, though, the PB&J is brilliant — it was sweet & salty before “sweet & salty” was a thing!  Sweet, fruity jam, slathered upon salty, umami peanut butter, nestled between slices of soft bread.  Utter genius.  Peanut butter genius, you might say.

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Just in the nick of lime!

Zesty Lime Wedge Shortbread Cookies

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I like to play with my food.  I also like my Martha Stewart COOKIES cookbook (thanks, Mom!).  So, I decided to try to make a more visually-literal adaptation of Martha’s Lime Meltaways — a cookie that has been a family favorite since I acquired this tasty tome.

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A cloaking of powdered sugar on a cookie, while delicious, can hide both good and bad things:  indications of internal flavors, unsightly surface issues, dirt from when the cookie was dropped on the ground, etc.  So, to really embrace the zesty lime-iness of these cookies, I wanted to make them look every bit as citrus-y as they taste!

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Spice Girl

Caramel Apple Spice Cookies

I love these cookies.  They are the quintessential holiday spice cookies, and they are so so easy (thanks, Real Simple)!  After years of making them as directed, a particularly autumnal day inspired me to make a fall-ified version of these delightful spice cookies!
Apple chips just happened to fall into my shopping cart the other day while grocery shopping, as did soft caramel candies, toffee baking pieces, and a half gallon of rocky road ice cream (let’s ignore the ice cream for now).  Caramel apples are a classic fall favorite of my childhood, and few things scream AUTUMN IN NEW YORK louder than apple desserts.

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SRP #22: This one takes the cake!

Cakey Banana Chip Cookies

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 build up the recipe archives without excessive elocution!

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I could get chip-faced on banana chips all day every day — give me a jar of creamy peanut butter to go with them, and I may not even come up for air.  So, when I found myself with a family-sized bag of banana chips and no family in sight, I knew I had to start baking with them to save myself (from myself).

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