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Here is a great recipe for banana bread that gets raves every time I make if for some A Chef of Your Own vacationing guests.

Banana Bread

3 cups flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

3 ripe bananas

3/4 cup oil

1 1/2 cups sugar

4 eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups sour cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Set aside.

Mash bananas. Add sugar, vanilla, oil and sour cream. Mix well. Add eggs and thoroughly mix.

Add dry ingredients to wet and mix well so there are no dry spots or lumps.

Pour into two well greased bread pans or 12 mega muffin cups.

Place in preheated oven and bake bread 45-55 minutes and muffins about 30 minutes until tester comes out clean.

 

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This is a revised post, much better finished product.

My husband posted this to my page from something someone posted and I changed it a little bit.

Bacon, French toast and egg bake

12 slices bacon, par-cooked

6 slices bread – cut in 2-3 inch rounds

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup maple syrup

6 eggs

3 cups milk

1/2 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese

Cut bacon into 1 inch pieces. Cook bacon until crispy. Dice bread and toss with bacon pieces. Melt butter and maple syrup together and pour over bread mixture. Place eggs in greased casserole dish. Top with cheese. Combine milk and eggs. Pour egg mixture over bread and cover, let sit overnight. Bake in 350 degree oven 25-35 minutes until puffed and egg is cooked through. Remove from oven and let cool.

 

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Here is the recipe for the sangria from the demo today, Salute!

Seven Daughters Red Sangria
1 bottle  seven daughters pinot noir

2 c  TFM sparkling Italian Mineral Water

½ c  sugar

½ c  TFM peach lemon European soda

1  orange, sliced

1  lemon, sliced

1  green apple, sliced
Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and stir to combine. Chill sangria at least one hour or overnight before serving.
TIp: For a delicious white sangria, use seven daughters Moscato.

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Here’s a bonus, two recipes for one post. A Chef of Your Own made these Cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes for a guest last week and they were a BIG hit. Make them tonight to go with burgers off the grill. The second recipe was the surprise of the evening. At a dinner party the other night, I had four people ask for the recipe, I call it Island rice. The inspiration was a pina colada, hope you enjoy!

Creamy, Cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes

4 russet potatoes, sliced into 1/4 inch slices

1 onion, chopped

3 Tbls butter

3 Tbls all-purpose flour

1 tsp salt

2 cups milk

1 cup shredded Colby jack cheese

4 ounces american cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Saute onions in butter until translucent. Add flour and combine well. Add milk and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally until thickened. Stir in cheese and add potatos slices.

Pour into greased baking dish and cover with foil.  Bake, covered, for 1 hour. Uncover and bake an additional 1/2 hour until golden and potatoes are tender.

Makes about 4 servings.

 

Island rice

2 cup Basmatti Rice

2 Cup coconut water

2 cup water

1 tsp salt

1/2 cup large flake coconut

1 sm can crushed pineapple

Combine coconut water, water, salt and flake coconut in small pan. Bring to a boil. Add rice and reduce heat. Cover and simmer until all liquid is absorbed. Stir in crushed pineapple. Serve and enjoy.

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“You were the best part of my vacation” was told to A Chef of Your Own chef, Linda after cooking for a vacationing family this week. Great food and company, the guests are returning home this weekend, but asked me to share two recipes from the side dishes eaten this week.

Creamed Spinach

4 Tbls butter, plus more for pan

1/2 onion, chopped

salt and black pepper

2 garlic cloves

2 tsp red chili flakes

1 3/4 cups heavy cream

1 cup parmesan

1/2 cup sour cream

1 lb organic spinach

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter 8×8 baking dish. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and a pinch of salt. Saute for 3 minutes, add garlic and red chili flakes and saute for 2 additional minutes. Add  cream and parmesan. Heat until just beginning to bubble. Stir in sour cream and spinach. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Pour into prepared baking dish and bake 15-20 minutes until bubbly.

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A Chef of Your Own worked with a Rabbi this week to create some meals for Passover. My aunt sent me an article on “the new Kosher Foods” they had some Red Velvet Macaroons in the article, but no recipe. I went looking and found one to adapt for these. As an homage to Passover, I didn’t use any flour but you can substitute flour for the ground almonds I used.

Red Velvet Coconut Macaroons

11 oz sweetened flake coconut

2/3 cup sugar

4 tsp coconut

tsp red food color jel

10 Tbls ground almonds

1/4 tsp salt

4 egg whites

1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Combine egg whites and sugar in a bowl and place over boiling water. Whip on high until merengue forms, about 15 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients and drop onto parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake 15 minutes or so, until lightly browned. let cool, Enjoy

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Here’s a recipe for a good friend in honor of the green.

Irish Soda Bread

5 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 cup sugar

1 Tbls caraway seeds

1 cup raisins

1 tsp salt

1 1/2 cup buttermilk

2 whole eggs

1/2 cup melted butter

Mix together first 7 ingredients (I omit caraway seeds, because I don’t like them). Beat together wet ingredients and add to dry. Kneed 1 minutes. Dough will be sticky. Place in greased cast iron pan (10inch) (I have also baked this on a cookie sheet, the crust doesn’t get as thick) Cut a cross in dough before baking. Bake in 350 degree oven for 35-35 minutes until straw inserted comes out clean.

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