Wednesday, September 30, 2015

My Favorite Banana Bread, for now

I am always trying a new banana bread recipe.  It is not that I do not like banana bread, I do.  I just have not found THE ONE.  My definition of THE ONE is one that I like all the way through the loaf. I love banana bread warm out of the oven but very rarely do I finish a loaf.  The second half is never as good as the first.

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This one by Joanna Chang is my favorite so far, it is moist the whole time.  And it has a good banana flavor.  I think the best part is the hint of cinnamon.  It makes the banana bread taste a bit more complex.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Fall Means Chicken Pot Pie

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I had some chicken tenderloins that needed to be used.  I poached them in some no salt chicken broth with a tablespoon of chicken base.  I fished the chicken out and cut it up into bite sized pieces.

Then I sauteed some onion and celery and garlic until they were getting close to soft.  I put three tablespoons of flour in and cooked it until the flour was no longer white.  Then I used the poaching liquid to make a thick sauce.  I made it a little thicker than I wanted because I put in a pound of frozen peas and carrots which loosened it up some.

Then I made mashed potatoes with six potatoes.

I layered the stew with the mashed potatoes on top.  I made little fork marks in the potatoes so there would be more crispy bits.

I baked at 350 for about an hour.

Everyone liked it.