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I have the best banana bread recipe in the world!

And now, so do you:

1-3/4 c. flour (anything except King Arthur)
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 c. shortening (try the non-hydrogenated kind; it's great - and they sell it at The Wedge)
2/3 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. mashed bananas (3 bananas, unless they're exceptionally large or small)
1 c. chopped dates (or those silly red and green candied cherries that they only sell around Xmas.  But the dates taste MUCH better)
OPTIONAL - 1/2 c. walnuts, pecans, or whatever suits your fancy

  1. Preheat your oven to 325.  Use an oven thermometer!  Letting it climb to 350 is okay; letting it climb higher than that is *not*.
  2. Grease a loaf pan.  (I like the Pyrex 1.5 quart loaf pan)
  3. Thoroughly combine flour, baking powder and salt; set aside
  4. Cream together shortening and sugar; add eggs and vanilla and mix well
  5. Add bananas and beat until smooth (using an electric mixer on medium speed we're talking under a minute)
  6. Gently, lovingly, stir the dry ingredients into the mixture.  Do this with a fork, wooden spoon, your fingers - anything but your mixer.  Stop when it's still a bit powdery
  7. Stir in the fruits and optional nuts
  8. Coax the batter into the loaf pan and - important! - let it sit undisturbed for 20 minutes before putting it in the oven (you're allowing the baking soda to begin rising the bread.  If you rush this, the bread will be too dense.)
  9. Place the pan in the oven.  Don't bother with a cookie sheet.
  10. Bake for one hour.  If your oven has hot spots, you can turn the pan once, but otherwise you'll get best results if  you don't open the oven at all.
  11. Cool the assemblage on a wire rack for 1/2 hour before removing the loaf from the pan

I am just so enamored of this stuff.  Not to mention that it's a great way to get rid of bananas that have gone brown.  I used to make it with nuts, but Eric doesn't like nuts in his baked goods, so now I make it without - it might be even more delicious this way.  You can eat it warm or cold, slather it with butter or not - heck, if you get really ambitious I suppose you could ice it, although that might be gilding the lily.

I'm a locavore hippie chick, so I use aluminum-free baking powder, raw cane sugar, cage-free eggs, and the aforementioned non-hydrogenated shortening.  I'm sure it would turn out just fine with more mainstream ingredients, but I'm changing the world here, awright?  Also, although it goes without saying: real vanilla - the best you can find.  It's worth it.

This recipe came from my grandmother - whence before her, I really don't know.

I hope you enjoy it.

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Mar. 24th, 2010 07:49 pm
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For dinner last night: Chana Masala, steamed broccolini with lemon, spinach salad, and Korbel Brut (because I really wanted a white wine and didn't have anything else chilled - poor planning). The entree was tasty, a little spicy, and really light - the versions I'm used to are a little creamier. So I asked a co-worker who is 1) from southern India 2) a bit of a gourmet (and 3) afaiknolj) how he makes his, and he promised me a recipe.

This afternoon I visited Clancey's for some sausages, duck jerky, and chuck. Tonight I've put a beef stew on - it should be done in a few minutes, and we'll have it with the fresh honey wheat boule from Great Turtle and a mediocre Chilean cabernet (I know this because some of it already went into the stew). Perhaps I'll freeze the wine for use in cooking later.

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Mar. 22nd, 2010 10:19 pm
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For dinner tonight: ginger-poached catfish fillets over rice; stir-fried green beans with kosher salt; "Evolution" eclectic white.

(I should've taken a picture; it was pretty.)

Eric was a fan of the entree; I liked but didn't love it. The texture was grand, but it was a touch too gingery for me. Eric's choice of wine was inspired. We both loved the beans.


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I hate February. It would be hard to overstate how unlike myself I feel during this benighted month.

I would gladly sleep through it. The main problem with hibernating, however, is that humans don't. So my circadian rhythms get a little wacky, and I sleep when I'm tired, and then I find myself awake at the most unlikely hours.

I want the sun back, please.

But for now, I'm just going to sleep. G'night!


Also, if anyone is looking for Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, she can now be found at Minnesota Monthly.

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What kind of wine shall I have with dilled potatoes?

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A few little things:

My house is clean! How delightful!
I had an event (albeit a small one) for the first time since E. moved out. It was fun!
I made a yummy chicken pot pie and had leftovers tonight.
[livejournal.com profile] vanaabegra should please call me, as I seem to have lost his number (sorry)!
I have lots of wonderful plans around the holidays. Yay for friends!
I'm going to Costa Rica for two weeks in January!
I'm having an exclamation-pointy day!


Also, I love the idea of "inappropriate happiness" as a symptom. It makes me giggle (inappropriately).

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Best New Treat - delicious and addictive. Thank you, Mummy!

(This is mildly odd, as I don't generally particularly care for sunflower seeds.)

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