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Monday, June 18, 2012

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

My family loves all kinds of sweet breads for breakfast. We somewhat regularly make pumpkin bread, banana bread and apple cinnamon banana bread for some easy and delicious breakfast options.

In our house, the addition of chocolate chips is welcomed to almost anything. I come from a family of chocoholics. I married a chocoholic and now despite my early efforts in keeping my kids away from many sweet things including chocolate, my kids are now addicted as well. I guess the apple didn't fall too far from the tree. But that's okay. All things in moderation, right?

For this and really all banana breads, I recommend you keep your bananas at room temperature until the peel is completely black. If you're able to hold off for that long, you will be greatly rewarded with a perfectly strong banana flavor throughout the bread.


Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
1 cup sugar
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
3 very ripe bananas (I mean so ripe they're completely black!)
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.

Cream the sugar and butter with a mixer until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the eggs.

In a different bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. This should be especially easy if your bananas are black. Add the milk and cinnamon and mix well.

In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Add the butter-sugar mixture to the banana mixture and stir until combined. Add the dry ingredients. Do not over mix. Stir just until the flour disappears.

Fold chocolate chips into batter.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 20 minutes then turn pan over to tip bread out. Allow to finish cooling on cooling rack before slicing and serving.

Friday, June 15, 2012

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Sauteed Garlic Beet Greens

I love my garden. 

Last late summer/fall we put in our first garden bed and had such great success that we added a second one and began gardening early this spring. 

One of the things I planted was beets. Despite much success with everything else we've tried so far, sadly the beets didn't really take off. The greens looked fabulous but when I pulled them out of the ground the red part of the beets were puny. This is a photo of our largest one which was maybe 1/2 inch round.

Not really worth boiling. 

I really didn't want the greens to go to waste so I made up a quick side dish with them using only 3 ingredients Hope you like it as much as my family (including 2 picky kids) did!

Sauteed Garlic Beet Greens
greens from 8-10 beets, red stem removed
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp minced garlic
dash of salt

Pour olive oil in small skillet. Add garlic followed by beet greens.

Saute until greens begin to wilt, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with salt.

Serve with your favorite main dish. I served it with some angel hair Parmesan noodles. Enjoy!