Banana Fritters!

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I often buy bananas just to let them get over ripe.  I use them in banana bread, pancakes, muffins, and now….FRITTERS!  I found a recipe and modified it a bit.  It was heavenly, and so easy to make!  I made it for breakfast the other day and it was so delightful with a cup of coffee!

INGREDIENTS:

Banana, over ripe                       2

Coconut milk                            2 TBSP

Eggs                                                   2

Butter, melted                            1 TBSP

AP Flour                                      1 cup

Sugar                                           3 TBSP

Baking Powder                        1 tsp

Salt                                                  1/2 tsp

Cinnamon                                  1/2 tsp

Nutmeg                                         1/4 tsp

Coconut oil                                  1.5 quart for frying

Powdered sugar                         about 1/2 cup

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Mash bananas in a mixing bowl.  Add milk, eggs and melted butter.
  2. In another bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  3. Incorporate dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  4. IMG_0805In a small pot, add oil and heat to 375 degrees F.
  5. IMG_0807Drop dough by teaspoonfuls being careful not to crowd the pot.  Keep turning the fritters so that it browns evenly on each side.
  6. IMG_0809Test the fritter to see if it is fully cooked in the middle, about 4 minutes on each side.  If you find it is still doughy in the middle, add a minute or two.  When they are done, drain on paper towels.  Dust with powdered sugar!IMG_0812

 

Bananas Foster!

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This was my son’s first ever Bananas Foster!  My friend Darren invited us over to experiment since he was planning on serving this at his daughter’s birthday party.  This was his first attempt….and it was a delicious victory!  =)  It is such an easy recipe too!  Just be careful with the flames!

INGREDIENTS:

Brown sugar           2/3 cup

Butter                    1/4 cup

Vanilla Bean          1, split length wise

Bananas                   3, halved and cut in half

Rum                        1/8 cup  (honestly, we just poured it in and didn’t really measure!  The end result was a little boozy, but that’s never a bad                                          thing!)

Cinnamon              TT…I love cinnamon, sprinkle to your heart’s desire!

Vanilla Ice Cream    1 awesome scoop

In a pan, melt butter, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla.  Scrape the beans out of the vanilla and mix into melted mixture:

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Place bananas in sauce:

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Cook for about 7 minutes.  Then, add the rum and carefully put back on the flame, tilting the pan just enough to ignite!  Cook the alcohol out, and serve over ice cream!  =)

Peep Show!

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Okay, the title is a little misleading.  But seriously, this was a rather genius moment.  Every year, my mom sends a crap load of Peeps to my son for Easter.  Every time we get these, I let them sit around until summertime when I do a lot of outdoor grilling, after all, Peeps are not the most delicious Easter treat….until you’ve had them toasted on a stick over the grill!  It’s like eating a creme brulee on a stick….magical, fluffy, covered with a caramelized sugar crust!  Trust me, you have not had a proper toasted marshmallow until you’ve had a toasted Peep.  Step it up a level…tonight I had the munchies.  I wanted to make something , but quickly.  I had all the makings for a Rice Krispie treat.  The only thing was, Peeps were the only option for marshmallows!  This snack was made in less than 7 minutes!  The Peeps were melted and caramelized in the butter when I mixed it together…and the finishing flavor was far superior than when I used regular marshmallows!!  The burnt sugar flavor was DELICIOUS.  I don’t think I can ever use regular marshmallows again!

 

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Eat it warm, with a a drizzle of chocolate and peanut butter….YUM!

Sunday Dinner

grilled chicken!

 

Tonight’s dinner menu:  Lemon and thyme marinaded chicken thighs, grilled mushrooms and peppers, roasted beet and gorgonzola salad, and lacinato kale salad.  For dessert, apple crisp.  Sorry guys, no recipe here.  My only advice…use your favorite marinade for the chicken and vegetables.  Apply your favorite vinaigrette to roasted beets and just add gorgonzola, julienne sweet onions, and italian parsley.  For the kale salad, just wash kale, tear into pieces, julienne carrots  and dress with your favorite dressing!   Let sit for a few hours!  Lovely meal!

Crepes With My Buds!

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One of my oldest friends, Darren, invited us over for crepes this morning.  I should have known he would have the proper tools to make them, including the griddle!  Prep time was minutes and it was a fun cooking lesson!  He was practicing the technique for his daughter’s birthday party.  He’s a great dad!  Later on this week, we are tackling Bananas Foster!  =)  Stay tuned!

Quiche

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I can’t believe I waited this long to make one.  It’s so easy and versatile!  Prep time is less than 20 minutes, depending on what your fillings are and cooking time is a quick 30!  I baked some sweet potato fries and cut up fresh fruit and had a satisfying breakfast!

 

INGREDIENTS:

Ready made pie crust                                 1 each

Eggs                                                                           3 each

Sour cream                                                         1 cup

Milk                                                                          1 cup

Bacon                                                                     1 cup, diced

Fresh spinach                                                   1 cup, slightly wilted

Mushroom                                                          1.5 cups, cooked

Garlic                                                                       1 large clove, minced

Comte cheese                                                   1 cup, shredded

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

To make the liquid base, whisk together the eggs, sour cream and milk.  Add salt and pepper to your liking.  Set aside.  Prep bacon, mushroom and garlic and brown in a pan.  Set aside.  Set spinach in a bowl and microwave to lightly wilt.  In a ready made crust, lay half of the amount of cheese on the bottom.  Add spinach, bacon, mushroom and garlic.  Pour egg mixture to the very top of crust.  Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on the top.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Let sit to cool.  Cut and serve!