Cinnamon Cookies

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Now that airlines don’t serve complimentary meals in-flight anymore, us passengers have become hard-pressed for even the slightest bit of sustenance on a cross-country flight. You’d be lucky to land a couple bags of peanuts and a small cup of something to drink. And if you’re flying American Airlines, you’d have to be a celebrity to get anything more than a cup of water it seems.

That said, have you ever been on a Delta Airlines flight? Delta actually gives you a choice between cookies or peanuts. Always get the cookies. Trust me.

Made by a company called Biscoff, these cookies that I speak of are delightfully crunchy cinnamon discs that I could probably eat about 1500 of. Om nom nom nom. I scoured the internet for the recipe, but couldn’t find an exact replica. So I decided to try this one in the hopes of hitting the cinnamon cookie jackpot. While the cookies the recipe yielded were delicious, they weren’t very close to the Biscoff cookies. These cookies are similar to snickerdoodles – wonderfully light and buttery – but Biscoff cookies are a bit denser and crunchy – more like “biscuit” cookies, actually. Alas, my search continues…

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

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Peanut butter and jelly. The American classic. There was one semester in college when I lived almost entirely off of PB&J sandwiches. I know a lot of people swear by grape jelly with their peanut butter, but I simply love strawberry in any form, so strawerry jelly is the way to go for me.

Recently I was trying out the peanut butter cookie recipe from The Joy of Cooking. They were delicious straight out of the oven, but after they had cooled a bit, I felt that they lacked something in flavor. Maybe it was my subconcious telling me that the savory cookies were longing for their sweet and gooey partner in crime. It’s a good thing I had an extra jar of jelly sitting around!

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Summer BBQing

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Summers in San Francisco are hardly summer-like compared to the rest of the country. Living in the Bay Area means mild to chilly temps all year long. But every once in a while we get blessed with a streak of beautiful, warm-but-not-too-warm weather. The weekend of the 4th of July happened to fall on one of those rare weather patterns, thus kicking off (in my mind), the summer BBQing season. And this is how you get this post of random musings about summer celebrations and a spattering of recipes to go with them.

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Mango Crumb Cake

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The problem with trying out some brand new recipes is that you never know quite what you’re going to get. I’ve had a recipe for Peach Crumb Cake for a long time now, but have never gotten around to making it for this reason or that. I normally don’t go out of my way for peaches since I prefer non-fuzzy nectarines better. So for this recipe, I figure I’d substitute out the peach with a similarly-textured and -colored fruit: mango. I love mango! This cake is fantastic, but I made the mistake of not having enough fruit on hand. Make sure to be ready with at least two large, ripe mangoes if you decide to try it my way.

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Mr. Cake is happy to see you!

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Silver Dollar Pancakes

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Ah hello, precariously stacked pancakes! Slathered with butter, oozing with maple syrup, pillowy soft, what is there not to love about you? Oh yeah! The fact that you’re barely bigger than a strawberry. How cute, you’ve won my heart. And my stomach.

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