Wednesday, May 26, 2010

New Resource Found

I have just found a new website that I am *VERY* excited to start using.  Hobby Farms!

And, I *may* just have more of a use for this in the future.  We should know soon!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Banana Recipe Throwdown Contenders

Here are the contending recipes from The Breakfast Cook's weekly cooking challenge.  Deciding to up the ante a bit, he issued me a PERSONAL challenge where we would each come up with some recipes and you, our readers, would get to vote on which one you think is best.  Here they are, in alphabetical order - poll is on the right.  Enjoy! 

Jumbo Banana Cookies

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup mashed bananas
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1t vanilla
1t distilled white vinegar
3 cups flour
1 1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
* 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Mix together shortening, butter, sugar, eggs, bananas, vanilla, evaporated milk and vinegar until light and creamy.

Add flour baking soda and salt.  Mix in nuts.

Chill one hour in the fridge.

Drop by teaspoonful on greased cookie sheet about two inches apart.  Bake at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes. Cool completely, then frost.

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 T butter, softened
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1/4 t vanilla

Mix and beat until soft.  Spread on top of cookies. 

Eat and enjoy.  They are a very soft cookie!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Breakfast Cookie Bars

I wanted to come up with a healthy cookie that might be good for a quick, easy and filling breakfast.  This creates a healthy, yet soft and chewy bar.  Cut them up and wrap them up individually and freeze for a quick breakfast on the go!  Also great for camping or hiking.
3 cups wheat flour
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups sugar
2t cinnamon
2 t salt
1/2 T baking soda
1t baking powder
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup craisins

2 eggs
1 cups mashed banas
2t vanilla

Preheat oven to 350, line bar pan with parchment paper.

Mix the first 9 ingredients in large mixing bowl.  In small bowl, whisk the eggs and add mashed bananas and vanilla, add to dry ingredients and blend well.

Spread out evenly in bar pan and bake for 20-30 minutes until edges are golden brown.  Cool completely in pan, cut into bars.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread

What goes better together than chocolate and peanut butter?  This twist of an old-fashioned favorite banana bread is a heavenly delight.  Very moist and rich and great for a treat, dessert bread anytime of year.  This recipe past the test of my kids, and everyone at work!

4 1/2 cups flour
2t baking powder
2t baking soda
1t salt
1 bag chocolate chips
5 medium bananas, mashed
1 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
4 large eggs
3t vanilla
1 cup milk
1/2 cup cocoa powder

Preheat oven to 350.  Grease bottom of 2 9in loaf pans

In medium sized bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, baking powder, baking soda, salt and chocolate chips.

In large bowl, mix together peanut butter and bananas until creamy.  On medium speed this takes about a minute.

Add in the egg and vanilla until just blended.

On low, slowly add the flour mixture and alternate with the milk until well blended.

Remove half of the batter from the mixing bowl.  Add the cocoa to the batter left in the bowl and mix.

Place batter in the pans in alternating spoonfuls, then swirl with a knife to marble.

Bake for a good 70-80 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. 

This is great for muffins, mini loaves or other treats!

Monday, May 17, 2010

If you're anxiously awaiting the banana recipes...

I am working on them!  They will be up by Wednesday evening.

Until then - holy COW!  Are we really almost half way through the year??

I'm embarking on a couple of big things here.  One being a real focus on getting healthier.  So, you may see a change in some of the recipes coming out.  Hopefully just as yummy, and perhaps a bit on the healthier side.

Also, I am hoping for more writing.

SBe my muses!  What type of recipes do you want?  What types of things do you like to read on blogs?

Friday, May 14, 2010

Going Bananas!

It's a Banana Baking THROWDOWN!
Yesterday I mentioned on my Facebook page that I have some bananas that are ripe enough to be made into some type of baked good.  Normally I bake banana bread, but I was looking for something a little different. My good friend, Nelson, at The Breakfast Cook has a weekly cooking challenge, and his upcoming one just happened to be bananas.  He thought it would be fun to challenge me to a baking Throwdown!  Always up for a good challenge, I accepted.  Then remembered that he's a professionally trained chef! 
He and I will each be developing and making a dish (or several) and will have them posted by Wednesday.  On Thursday, YOU guys get to start voting.  And I may even have lots of samples if you need to stop by or something.... (I make no qualms about bribing people to like me with food)

This is going to be a crazy weekend!  I think I might need to stock up on more bananas!