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16Dec/10

When Good Bananas Go Bad…

...Make banana bread.

Then make bread pudding.

Dress it up with whipped cream and dust it with cinnamon.

And I don't think I need to tell you what to do with all that...

...But I will.

Eat it. Eat it all. And fast. Before I do.

I'm a picky banana eater. I like them yellow and only yellow. No green and no brown specks. As soon as there's brown present I don't want anything to do with them. That's a very narrow window in which to enjoy banana goodness.

But rest assured I have not thrown out brown bananas in years. It just doesn't happen. Because, as I'm sure you know, they are soft, sweet and begging to baked up in something special.

Like this Banana Cinnamon Bread Pudding. I have never eaten and most definitely never baked bread pudding before. I have to be honest I put it off for a few weeks. I think it was the custard. If you know me at all you know the long history I have with custard.

Oh yeah, me and custard go way back. Trials and tribulations.

I think it's time custard and I set the past aside and become friends. Maybe even best friends. I mean when a dish full of freshly grated cinnamon, sweet bananas and toasted walnuts extends that hand of friendship you don't say no.

I say yes. Heck yes!

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26Nov/10

The Hokey Pokey and Other Fine Hobbies.

Let's face it. We're busy people. We have people to see and places to be. Like walking the cat, erecting impenetrable snow fortresses, whittling sporks, colour coordinating the dishes, alphabetizing the condiments and knitting scarves. Putting your right foot in, putting your right foot out, putting your right foot in and shaking it all about.

I'll give you a moment to ponder which ones of those I've actually done.

I'll give you a hint. It starts with an all and ends with of the above.

So in our silly days filled with silly things it's nice to know there are easy, fast and delicious dinners we can whip up between moon walking and kite flying.

It's astonishing how some of the best foods are also the simplest. Next to chocolate covered cherries and self cleaning ovens it's about the best thing ever.

I recently discovered a few pasta recipes that were both stupid easy and scrumptious. Spaghetti alla Carbonara is just spaghetti, pancetta, parmesan cheese and eggs. Or Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe which is basically spaghetti, romano cheese and black pepper.

Here's another for you. Brown Butter Walnut Pasta. Mostly just farfalle, walnuts, parmesan, garlic and cream. Takes up only 15 minutes of your time not including all of three seconds it takes to inhale it.

Now that cat's not going to walk itself.

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6Oct/10

Apples and Cranberries and Pears! Oh My!


I must have The Wizard of Oz on the brain or something. Imagine if Dorothy, Scarecrow and the Tin Man had encountered these fearsome fruits on their journey along the yellow brick road. I'd say that's preferable to lions, tigers and bears.

But then again, that would probably make for a pretty lame movie. More like Veggie Tales than the story we all know and love.

Maybe if Dorothy could have tasted this Pear Walnut Salad or this Apple Cranberry Chicken she wouldn't have been in such a hurry to get back to Kansas. I'm betting Auntie Em didn't know how to make Apple Cheese and Potato Cakes like me. Just saying...

As promised here are my recipes for the entrée of my Autumn Dinner Party. I could have separated them into three different posts, but why leave you in suspense? I'm not a cruel person. Also they're best enjoyed altogether, so here you go!

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