January 30, 2017

Peanut butter banana bread

I always buy my bananas green or as close to green as possible, because I like them when they just turn yellow, but before they get any brown on them. Once they have brown on them, they are basically inedible to me. Then they all become my husband's to eat. However, I picked up some bananas when grocery shopping in between Christmas and the New Year. They were green. And then the next couple days, they were still green and hard as rocks. Then a week later.... then two.... and then it just became a science experiment. We had these bananas for about 4 weeks before they went from green and hard to soft and brown. I never saw a nice yellow phase in there.... So then I was left with these over-ripe bananas and decided to make a new kind of banana bread. Specifically one that contained peanut butter, because peanut butter + banana is always a winning combination. This bread is delicious -- full of peanut buttery banana flavor. 

I found this recipe that I modified a bit for the below version. This recipe will make one loaf (8"x4" pan) of bread. It's terrific for breakfast slathered in some extra peanut butter, or all on its own for an afternoon snack with a hot cup of tea. 

January 24, 2017

Chorizo, potato, and chick pea soup

We are still awaiting winter here in Buffalo. My birthday is right around now and I can't help but think of all the times in my life when my birthday parties were cancelled or postponed due to snow storms, but this year it was just over 50 degrees the other day! The past few winters have been so mild. I don't really want blizzards and storms, but I do miss things like a white Christmas and a nice blanket of snow for the winter. I love living here for the seasons, but they are blending together more and more every year. January could be 100 degrees though and it will still be prime soup time for me! 

This soup here is hearty and spicy - full of smoked chorizo sausage, potatoes, chick peas, poblano peppers, and corn. It will warm you up from the inside out on a chilly (or even not-so-chilly) winter day. This recipe will serve about four people. Serve with a side of buttered crusty bread or even a pile of corn tortilla chips, to cool off your mouth. A dollop of sour cream on top is also a nice touch.

January 18, 2017

Slow cooker chicken enchilada soup

The frigid winter weather had settled upon us here in western New York, and then we have had a streak of 40 degrees days with rain. It's so weird to go outside in January and not have everything be a blanket of white. I'm not sure how I feel about it.... I don't think I like it though. One thing that I do like though --- SOUP! I think my readers know that I love soup. I also love slow cooker recipes. So I was really pumped to see slow cooker soup as January's Fantastical Food Fight theme! With infant twins in the house, our slow cooker is getting even more use than usual. It's so nice to be able to throw your food in it in the morning and then have your dinner finished, or almost finished when it's time to eat. This soup is delicious, hearty, and very flavorful. It's full of Mexican food flavors, which we really enjoy in our house. This recipe will serve about four people. A side of corn tortilla chips is highly encouraged!

January 16, 2017

Raisin pie

We recently had a birthday celebration for my father-in-law and he requested a raisin pie for dessert. Hmmmmm.... raisin pie..... I had heard my husband's family mention raisin pie before, but it's not something I had ever seen or tried before. So, of course, I was intrigued. I searched the web for recipes and read a bunch and came up with this version. Turns out raisin pie is a classic favorite of many people! The raisins are all plump and juicy and the pie is very sweet. It has just a hint of cinnamon and a touch of fresh lemon juice to help with all the sweet raisin flavor. If you are a raisin fan, you should definitely give this old-fashioned dessert a try. This recipe will make one 9-inch pie.

January 9, 2017

White chocolate pistachio pudding cookies

When I first started blogging, I really wasn't a huge baking fan. It was one of the things I wanted to work on and challenge myself to do more often. Well, in those 7 years, I've become very fond of baking, especially cookies and pie. I'm surprised by it, but also very glad. I made these cookies for a family gathering recently (is it too early for cookies already after all those Christmas cookies?). But, then the gathering ended up getting postponed, so my husband took a bunch to work and we will just have to suck it up and eat the rest, hahaha. I really love pistachios, so I was excited to try these cookies. I had pinned this recipe a long time ago and finally got around to making them. They are flavorful, moist, and chewy -- plus the pistachio pudding gives them a fun green color. This recipe will make about 3 dozen cookies.