Banana Nut Muffins

Banana Nut Muffins

I'm blessed to have some banana trees in my backyard that produce the most delectable little "apple bananas".  They're not only cute, but they are sweet and delicious -- a mix of traditional banana with a little bit of apple and, sometimes even pear.  They're delightful.  Recently, two huge bunches ripened at the same time.  We counted 80 bananas!  After snacking on a bunch and giving many to friends, we still had a good two dozen that were really ripe, so I decided to make muffins.  The house ...

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Quinoa & Kale Cakes

Quinoa & Kale Cakes

  During a recent “let’s eat kale every day” kick, I tried several different ways of preparing kale.  Some recipes were winners (like this one); others were, well, not winners.  I have a pretty easy gauge for determining if a recipe is a winner or not.  Whenever my hubby says “this is interesting. . .but…

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Best Cheeseburger

Famous In & Out Burger

My hubby and I were craving a cheeseburger recently so we thought we’d look for something a little different.  Rave reviews from many chowhounds and foodies pointed us to the In and Out Burger’s “Double Double Animal”.  This one didn’t need one revision to suit out tastes.  It was amazingly delicious and it must be…

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Apple Crostada

Apple Crostada

If you’re looking for a pretty easy dessert, this one is a good choice!  A free-form apple pie.  What could be more delicious?  Flaky crust, juicy apples and a crunchy topping that makes you beg for more.  It’s also very easy to serve.  Most of the time I just serve it on the baking sheet…

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Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs

My husband told me that he knew he was going to marry me the night I made him dinner for the first time.   I made Swedish Meatballs with mashed potatoes and steamed/sauteed green beans.  Now, we’ve all heard that expression that the key to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but never did…

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