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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

In Uncategorized on September 5, 2010 at 2:01 pm

I am back at college, and I just ran out of ^ this today.  I made two loaves about a month ago, scarffed one in about a week, and froze the other, ostensibly to eat later…which turned into my mom saying: “You’ve got a loaf of zucchini bread and a loaf of banana bread in the freezer.  Do you want to take them to Washington with you?” and me vigorously nodding my head, because really, I sometimes need a serious pick-me-up (several times a day) during the week.  Especially when you’re just getting used to a new kitchen, and remembering what it’s like to cook for yourself (and three others!) every single day.  Urgh…I am repeating a mantra to myself: “I love cooking, I love cooking, I love doing so many dishes cooking…”  (Please note that the strike-outs in this post are not in any way indicative of my mood at the moment).

Anyway, because you are all here because you actually want to know about banana bread: this bread is truly delicious.  I really make no changes to the recipe, because how do you alter something that you said was your favorite recipe when you were three years old (and in preschool)?  It’s certainly malleable – if you don’t want chocolate chips in your banana bread (really?) you can absolutely take them out.  If you want to add nuts (really?!) you can add nuts.  The basic recipe itself, however, is pretty bomb proof.  It can be made into muffins (the original recipe is made for muffins) or bread, as I’ve been doing the past couple of times I’ve made it.  Best of all, if you have some questionable bananas hanging out in your kitchen, this recipe will by all means fix that problem before the fruit flies come out.  And it makes an awesome snack/dessert/etc.

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Zucchini Bread

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2010 at 2:47 pm

July and August are the months of the year in which Barbara Kingsolver* says that people (at least those in farm country) start to lock all of their doors.  This doesn’t come from a sudden suspicion of their neighbors, mind you, but instead comes from the fear that their neighbors have, like themselves, been growing summer squash and zucchini.  They will, in fact, grow so much that they will attempt to donate their squash to their neighbors, because they have too much to use.  While we haven’t gotten quite to that point in my family, we aren’t far from it, either.  There have been a handful of zucchinis (we’re growing both a conventional green as well as a yellow summer squash) that I’ve just had to let go (and grow to become the size of whales) simply because either I can’t get to them or because I have too many sitting in my refrigerator, begging to be eaten.  Read the rest of this entry »