The “IT” Factor

Shapely Baked White Cheddar Crackers [Homemade Cheez-Its!]

I wasn’t lying in my earlier posts when I claimed to use my tooth-shaped cookie cutter at every possible opportunity.  Lo and behold, I was blessed with another occasion to exercise my dental bakeware!
Today, my dental school classmates face Day #2 of the state licensing exam, and, in a show of savory solidarity, I wanted to make a dental version of the classic Cheez-It.  I think so-called “copy cat” recipes are fun, especially when they recreate nostalgic childhood favorites [see my other copy cat adventures here, here, and here].

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Gluten Freak

Flourless Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies [gluten free]


My favorite type of gluten-free baking is the kind that’s naturally gluten-free.  You know, like how bottled water is naturally gluten-free — you  wouldn’t put flour in it anyway (unless you were making glue), so there’s no finagling needed to make it wheat-free and Celiac-safe.   In other words, I like to bake foods that are, what I call, “P.S. Gluten-free” — not the primary goal, just a happy consequence!


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SRP #14: Apple of my Eye

A dental “SRP” refers to “Scaling and Root Planing,” an intense, deep-cleaning experience, involving much saliva, some blood, and sharp instruments.  A FoodSwing Blog “SRP” refers to “Short Recipe Post,” an intensely delicious culinary experience,  involving minimal build-up and many tears…tears of joy.

Skinny Peanut Butter Banana Brownies

It’s baaaaaaaaaaack…Valentine’s Day — the most polarizing of all holidays.  Whether you have a valentine or not, you can still bake like you’re madly in love…with flavor.  Even better, you can have all of that flavor without exhausting the world’s butter supply.  Who knew?!  After all, bathing suit season is right around the corner (kind of).
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The OATdessey

Cherry Berry Oatmeal Cookies with White Chocolate & Walnuts


Far from being the Great Unifier, I think that oatmeal, sadly, is actually the Great Divider.  Few people will say, “Meh, I kind of like oatmeal.”  Usually, people are either violently opposed to oatmeal — whether on principle or because of issues with consistency or bad childhood experiences — or they love it almost as much as they love life itself.  I definitely fall in the latter group of oatmeal enthusiasts; you could probably call me a JehOATvah Witness and not be exaggerating by much at all.


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Match Made in Heaven

Simple Shortbread Matchsticks

Okay, I know.  These cookies have very limited applicability (see my Penguin Cookies for other examples of my penchant for incredibly niche cookie designs), BUT, you can totally ignore the match theme and just enjoy these cookies as delicious shortbread morsels that happen to be decorated with chocolate — not the worst idea I’ve ever had.
Just to help you out, though, I thought of a few scenarios in which these matchstick cookies would be appropriate as decorated:
  • dedication of a new firehouse
  • a bridal shower (“A Match Made in Heaven”)
  • celebration of a male child’s birthday (“Happy B-day to Arson”…Get it? “Our son,” “Arson,” it’s a stretch, I know)
  • dental or medical school Match Day!!!!
Just a few ideas.


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Sorry not Ansari

Whole Wheat Cornmeal Biscuits

 Perhaps my favorite part of Aziz Ansari’s book, Modern Romance, is the hypothetical scenario he paints for the reader in which he brings down some perps who are smuggling biscuits from his fictitious Hardee’s restaurant.  The gripping scene ends with Aziz confronting the smugglers and saying, “Gimme back my biscuits.”  Though I’ve never been to or even seen a Hardee’s (#northeastliving), this passage really gave me a hankering for some biscuits!


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Dome, Sweet Dome

Almond Brownie Cookies

Brownie cookies?  Why not combine two of the greatest desserts of all time?? Maybe next week I’ll try marrying tiramisu and Baked Alaska…okay, maybe not.


These cookies have thin, irregular edges, which crisp beautifully during baking, with domed centers, housing brownie-like cores.  Those beautiful striations crisscrossing the cookie tops are an artifact of the high baking soda content and the scooping method used to portion out the dough.  And yes, that sprinkling of kosher salt on top is essential — minimize your sodium intake in the other facets of your diet, not in your desserts [Disclaimer:  that recommendation comes from the baker in me, not the healthcare professional].


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Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

Millionaire’s Sugar Cookies

If you’re not familiar with Millionaire’s Shortbread, please allow me to explain.
The traditional version of these brilliant cookies marries buttery shortbread, gooey caramel, and rich chocolate into an almost sinful bite of heaven.  These cookies truly are such stuff as dreams are made on; I’m pretty sure Shakespeare was eating Millionaire’s Shortbread while writing The Tempest.  For realz.
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The Ghost of Breakfast Past

Homemade Pop-Tarts [*vegan*]


What pre-made breakfast item would you identify as the singlemost iconic food of your childhood?  For me, it’s Pop-Tarts.  Now, before you get all mad at my parents, please know that, for the most part, I ate homemade, balanced breakfasts, which fueled me for many a successful day in grade school.  However, every once in a while, my sister and I were allowed to select the pre-made breakfast item of our choosing — these were the times that Katie and I sought the most highly-refined, sugar-laden, artificially-colored items we could find – think Froot Loops, Toaster Strudels, and, yes, Pop-Tarts.  We were your typical rebellious youths.


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