Archive | August, 2011

Banana Bread

21 Aug

First off, I don’t like bananas – can’t stand ’em.  Taste, texture, smell – nothing about them I like.  But I’ve always sort of liked banana bread.  My main complaint was that my Mom’s banana bread always ended up with a soggy, banana-y section on the top in the middle.  I guess it was too moist, or didn’t bake long enough, but the obvious banana element ruined it for me (sorry Mom!).  Anyway, I do buy bananas because the kids like them, and occasionally we end up with extra, over-ripe ones, and I can’t just throw them away!  So I found a recipe from Cook’s Illustrated, which does involve a few extra steps, but turns out to be well worth the trouble.  The following recipe is my version – I omitted an additional step that added fresh sliced bananas to the top.  I highly recommend adding the nuts – any nuts will do.  The bread is naturally very moist, and the nuts add some welcome texture. My favorite way to eat this bread is toasted (careful getting it out of the toaster – it will crumble), spread with unsalted butter, and topped with a sprinkle of sea salt.

Banana Bread

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Tomato Feta Salad

11 Aug

It has been so hot most things have dried up in the garden, and the squash bugs finally did in the zucchini.  I have one okra plant that came up and it has been a producer.  The other success story is the tomatoes, and I have high hopes for the second round of green beans.

Shawn reminded me of this salad we used to make at the cafe.  We have cherry tomatoes coming out our ears, and every time I go to my mom’s house she gives me another basketful.  I happened to have some feta in the fridge, so I whipped this up.

Very simple – halve cherry tomatoes, toss with feta, salt, pepper, olive oil, chopped parsley, and lemon juice.  Go easy on the salt at first in case your feta is salty.  I like to rinse the tomatoes after I slice them to get rid of some of the seeds.  It’s best fresh, but it will keep in the fridge.  Since olive oil solidifies when cold, you should bring it to room temperature before serving.

 

Garden photos

8 Aug

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Return of the stink bugs:-(

8 Aug

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I’ve been wondering why the stink bugs haven’t begun devouring my tomatoes. And then I found them.  On the corn.  Next year I will plant a sacrificial row. 

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