Banana Bread

Banana Bread

This morning I made turkey sausage wrapped in croissant dough, baked it on 350 for 20 minutes and  made the most delicious pigs in a blanket alternative ever. While we were eating Elise said, “Mom you can cook anything and it’s all so good. Can you make banana bread?” It just so happened that I had 4 overripe bananas and a strong desire to bake. The ladies said it was the best and between the three of them they ate half. Ingredients 3-4 ripe bananas, smashed 1/3 cup of melted butter 1 cup of sugar (you can use 1/2 brown and 1/2 granulated) 1 egg, beaten 1 teaspoon of vanilla 1 teaspoon of almond 1 teaspoon of baking soda pinch of salt 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg Optional Ingredients You can stir in  1/2 cup of...

Quiche

Quiche

I have heard some say that real men do not eat quiche but I have seen several real men eat an entire quiche. This wonderful dish is a failed typecast of stereotypically feminine food. It can be served hot or cold, breakfast or lunch, quick snack or dinner. There are so many combinations and things to add to make this meal. Quiche is always a favorite in our home.   Ingredients 7 eggs 1 2/3 cups half and half (or you can use whole cream, or full fat milk) sausage 1/2 bell pepper 1/4 cup onion 2 cups of cheese 2 deep dish pie crust (store bought works fine) Directions 1. Cook sausage, bell peppers and onions. Set aside. 2. Whip eggs and milk with a whisk. Add seasoning  which I did not include in the list because I would suggest seasoning as you would your...

French Toast

French Toast

Did you know that French Toast dates all the way back to 4th century Rome, in a cookbook attributed to Apicius? French Toast is traditionally made from stale bread.  Since bread is a staple for most cultures most people wouldn’t dream of wasting it. In order to make the stale bread more palatable it was soaked in milk and eggs and then cooked. This style of “French” toast was called Pan Dulcis.  The name for French toast in France itself is “pain perdu”, which literally means “lost bread”. This seems like a logical way to make a delicious meal without wasting any food. Ingredients 8-10 slices of bread 3 eggs 1 cup milk 3 tablespoons flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract coconut oil for...

Oatmeal

Oatmeal

One of the simplest ways I can imagine to eat whole-grains and fruit all in one. Oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfast meals. It’s quite simple to make and I usually use Quaker Oats instant. Although I have tried several other brands I enjoy the way it cooks evenly and consistent each time. I do change the recipe some. I don’t just use water I add milk. For a happy ratio I use 1/2 water and 1/2 milk as my liquid when I begin the cooking process. I am going to list all of the several ways I cook Quaker oatmeal and ingredients I add-in during and after I cook. Milk – when I make oatmeal I rarely make the same oatmeal twice because there are so many options Almond Milk Coconut Milk 100% full fat Milk Evaporated Milk Rice Milk Hemp Milk Soy Milk...

The Best Biscuits are Made with Love

The Best Biscuits are Made with Love

The same can be true for anything. The best XYZ is always made with love. When people ask me what my secret ingredient is I always say love and I mean it each time.  The first time I baked my first real biscuit I was 7  years old. When I say real I mean mixing flour, making dough and rolling that baby out. They say biscuits are born in the south but really they are born in your heart. I first learned to bake a biscuit from my paternal Grandmother Barbara during a summer visit in Indiana. To this day that lady made the best biscuit I had ever eaten. When I ate her biscuits for the first time the only thing I had to compare them to was KFC so that was the compliment I gave her. Looking back it would have been nice if I were more prolific as a child and said...

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