Banana Waffles

Filed Under (Breakfast) by Lisa on 30-03-2010

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Yesterday I was in the mood for waffles in the morning. I decided that I didn’t want the same old waffle recipe that I have used before. Since we had a large number on bananas on the counter I decided to morph my plain waffles into a banana version.  I didn’t change my mom’s original recipe much other then adding 2 large bananas (pureed), as well as some rum extract, and vanilla to make things more interesting.

That waffles turned out fabulous! The banana, rum, and vanilla additions resulted in subtly more flavorful waffle.  I will defiantly be making these waffles again!

Here is the recipe.

Banana Waffles

2 ½ cups all purpose flour
5 ½ tbsp white sugar
4 ½ tsp baking powder
¾ tsp salt
3 large eggs
2 ¼ cups skim milk
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp rum extract
2 large bananas

Place the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl and stir until well combined. In a blender add the bananas, eggs, milk, olive oil, rum extract, and vanilla extract, blend until smooth. Add the pureed mixture to the flour mixture and stir until well combined. Place on a hot waffle iron, and cook until desired level of golden color on top is reached. Serve immediately.

My First Minestrone Soup

Filed Under (Soups, Supper) by Lisa on 27-03-2010

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A couple days ago it was a cold, rainy and miserable day. Since it was so gloomy outside I thought it was the perfect day for soup. I wanted to make a soup that was new and different, something that I had not made before. I searched for some recipes online, and decided on a Minestrone Soup recipe that caught my eye. As usual I changed the recipe quite a bit to suit my tastes.

This was my first time ever making a Minestrone Soup. It turned out fabulous! It was very hearty and healthy. The only thing I would change about my soup next time I make it would be to add more water. I used approximately 3 ½  cups of water which made my soup quite thick. However my soup leftovers turned into stew or a pasta salad since almost all the liquid was absorbed by the pasta or just evaporated. They were still delicious, but not quite the soup I had planned to eat the next day for lunch.

I served my soup with some grilled cheese sandwiches, which were actually made on a waffle iron since we don’t have a grill. They were oh so yummy.

Here is my adapted recipe (from all recipes)

Minestrone Soup

2 medium carrots
2 cups chopped cabbage
2 ribs celery
4 cloves garlic
Olive oil (enough to coat the bottom of the pot)
1 vegetable bouillon cube prepared according to package
About 1.5 cups water (or more to make the soup thinner)
1 can tomato soup with one can water
2 (14.5 oz) cans Italian stewed tomatoes
1 cup fresh spinach
1 cup cooked pasta (I used bowtie)
Garlic powder (to taste)
Salt (to taste)
Pepper (to taste)
Basil (to taste)
Parsley (to taste)
Oregano (to taste)

Prepare all vegetables (cut or dice to desired size). On medium heat place a large pot with oil. Cook the onion and garlic cloves (diced) until lightly browned. Add the carrots, cabbage, celery and cook for several minutes (at  least 10). Add the stewed Italian tomatoes, tomato soup, water, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cook on medium to low heat for about 20 minutes. Add the already cooked pasta, the herbs and fresh spinach, and heat thoroughly (about 5 minutes). Enjoy


Banana Berry Bliss

Filed Under (Pie) by Lisa on 25-03-2010

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This afternoon I was craving some dessert. Since there was nothing in the house to satisfy my desire for a fruity dessert, I decided to make something. I didn’t really know what I wanted to make except that it needed to have berries in it. After searching many food blogs and food related recipe sites, I came up with berry pie, as my chosen dessert. Since we didn’t have that many berries left I decided to take a risk and mix the berries (strawberries and blue berries) with banana, something I had never done with pie before today. The result was the most amazing pie I have had in my entire life! I was in complete banana berry bliss.

Here is my recipe adapted from this triple berry pie recipe.

Banana Berry Pie

Crust

2 cups all purpose flour
2 tbsp sugar
¼-½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
6 tbsp margarine
½ cup skim milk
2 tsp white vinegar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in the margarine. Add the milk and vinegar. Knead the dough until a soft ball forms. Divide the dough into two parts, and roll out the dough into pie plate shape. Place one half in the pie plate. Save the other half for the top of the pie.

Pie
1 cup berries
1 large banana
1 cup white sugar
2-3 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
½ cup all purpose flour

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Pour onto pie crust in pie plate. Place the top prepared pie crust on pie and seal. Perforate the pie top. Bake for 50 minutes in your preheated oven. Enjoy.

Kahlua Brownies

Filed Under (Brownies) by Lisa on 09-03-2010

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It’s been ages since I have posted on my blog. I sure miss blogging and the blogosphere. I’ve been working a lot lately and too exhausted to do much else.

During my work marathon a few days ago I got a major craving for brownies. I contemplated going to Dairy Queen and getting a brownie earth quake sundae or perhaps visiting one of the local bakeries and getting some tasty treat to satisfy my choclately craving, but instead decided to wait for one of my days off when I had enough energy to make some brownies myself.

I found a recipe for simple brownies and morphed it to suit my style. My adapted version comes from all recipes.

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Kahlea Brownies

1 cup white sugar
1 cup butter
½ cup coco powder
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tsp Kahula
4 eggs
2.5 cups all purpose flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ cup walnut pieces or halves
1/8-¼ cup skim milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Melt the butter. In a large bowl add the sugar and the butter, stir until smooth. Add the coco powder, vanilla and Kahlua. Stir until well blended. Beat in the eggs. Add the flour baking powder and salt. Mix well. Add enough milk to form a mildly thick batter. Pour into 9 X 13 baking pan. Bake for about 25 minutes or until a  tooth pick comes out clean. Enjoy.

I indulged in brownie heaven with a little bit of vanilla frozen yogurt. : P

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