Sunday, August 29, 2010

Amazing Banana Bread!

This is a recipe I got from my grandma years and years ago! It is the only really good banana bread I have ever had. It's really dense and moist and just all around amazing! My only complaint... it is time consuming, but in all honesty... When is bread not time consuming unless you put it in a bread maker? Try this recipe... I promise you will love it!

Banana Bread

2 eggs
1/2c shortening
1 1/2c sugar
1 1/4 c mashed banana
1/4c buttermilk
2c flour
1tsp baking soda
1/2tsp salt
1tsp vanilla

I like to add walnuts, chocolate chips or sometimes blueberries or dried cranberry's to the mixture. Not all together of course, but it should make at least 2 loafs so I tend to make one just plain then add something to the second half of the batter

bake at 350 for an hour or more

It'll start getting really dark on top before its done, just cover it with foil and it will be fine. :) I hope it works out for you! I love love love this recipe!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Recipes I plan on posting soon....

I have a few recipes I'd like to post soon, but don't have time right now so I'm hoping if I post this that will make me get my butt in gear and post them when I get the chance.

I'm going to post my grandma's amazing recipe for banana bread! I've been so spoiled with this recipe that I've never found any other banana bread I actually like! This recipe really is truly amazing!

Killer cookies will soon follow the banana bread. It is basically a high tech chocolate chip cookie that makes like a million cookies and they are sooo good and there are so many options with things you can put in them!

Black bottom banana cheesecake is something I tried making a few weeks ago that ended up being a huge hit and should be shared also some banana oat muffins with honey that I made... I was on a bit of a banana kick for a while. Can you tell? ;)

I've also been considering posting random dinner recipes on here, but not complicated ones. Ones that are quick and easy for when you don't have a lot of time to cook... Kind of 'cheater' dinners... Thoughts on this??

Also... A friend of mine shared this blog with me, it makes me smile every time I see it, she's got some great fun ideas!! You should check it out!

From her blog, some amazing stuffed oreo cupcakes that look like a must try! I was thinking of making them for my nieces 2nd birthday in a couple weeks... I'm sure the parents would love their little ones eating such a gooey mess!! ;)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Jalapeno cookies?? I think so!

Sometimes when in the kitchen a little idea light pops in my head... Sometimes it ends in epic failure, other times just alright and every once in a while it turns out to be genius! This time around it was genius!!

Not to long ago I finally got around to posting my recipe for Potato Chip Cookies, a recipe that I've been using for years and years! Well last week I went to Jimmy Johns for lunch and got some baked jalapeno potato chips with my sandwich and half way through my lunch decided those chips NEEDED to be in a cookie!

Tonight I experimented with my idea and it turned out to be amazing!! I substituted half of the margarine for cream cheese and kept the rest the same, even using the sugar to smash them down.

I think these cookies would be great at a BBQ or just for because! Definitely something I am going to make again!! And as a reminder..... very easily turned in to a vegan cookie for my vegan friends!! :D

Here is the updated recipe:

Jalapeno Chip Cookies

1/2c butter
1/2c (4oz) cream cheese
1/2c sugar
1 1/2c flour
1tsp vanilla
1 jalapeno finally minced
1/3-1/2c crushed jalapeno potato chips (depending on how hot you want them)

you blend the butter, cream cheese and sugar together then add everything else. roll them into little balls then push them down with a cup that has sugar on the bottom.

bake them at 350 for 8-10minutes.


So while I was making a peach-raspberry pie for my friends birthday last night I decided that IF I had the money I think it would be amazing to open a pie shop!! I'd make filling and crust all day long and hire someone else to take care of the making them look pretty part! Its the one thing that I make that ALWAYS turns out no matter what kind or when I experiment and make some random flavor I've never tried before. If I ever thought I had a calling in life, pie maker would be it! ;)

With that being said... I decided that it would be fun to enter a pie in to the state fair this year. I was looking at the website today and the only way for me to enter a pie is to enter the Karo syrup contest that Karo brand is putting on. The only requirement... I use Karo syrup in it... I make a point to not use it in anything for no other reason then.... it is MESSY!! I'd also have to type up a recipe for it to submit with it... I've never measured anything when it comes to my pies, so that I'll have to work on too.... I'll have to do some experimenting with things some time in the next few weeks if I decide I still want to make one.

There is also another option of canning pie filling and entering just that in. I think it was an option under the canning category. Or possibly skipping the pie part altogether and entering something else... I was thinking maybe entering the Ghirardelli contest. The only requirement is that it use some form of Ghirardelli chocolate! Easy! I have an incredible banana bread recipe and I love putting chocolate chips in it. Sounds gross, but it's actually quite good! So who knows what my final decision will be.... Either way I'm hoping to do some amazing baking in the next month or so! :D

Friday, August 13, 2010

Potato Chip Cookies!!

Have you ever had potato chip cookies?? They are amazing and super easy to make and easily turned into a vegan friendly recipe!! I like to add food coloring to the dough and make the colorful for kicks! :)

1c butter
1/2c sugar
1 1/2c flour
1tsp vanilla
1/2c crushed potato chips.

you blend the butter & sugar together then add everything else. roll them into little balls then push them down with a cup that has sugar on the bottom.

bake them at 350 for 8-10minutes.

I like to add food coloring just for fun to them :)