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So we had a bunch of bananas from the recent trip to the food pantry and also still have a bunch left in the freezer from previous bananas bought/received. We needed to come up with something to share for games night tonight, so I decided to make banana bread now that we replenished our supply of baking goods. I call it "bastardized" because I didn't find a single recipe online that sounded great to me so I combined the best parts of three different recipes to come up with what should be a very banana spiced banana bread. Here's the amalgamated recipe, though I have no idea how well this will turn out yet. I'll know in about an hour.

Ingredients:
2 eggs
2/3 cups white sugar
4 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup applesauce
1/3 cup nonfat milk
1 tablespoon olive oil (I substituted this for vegetable oil because it's healthier)
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a bread pan with shortening and dust it lightly with cinnamon sugar.
  2. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy, about five minutes. Beat in bananas, applesauce, milk, and oil.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir flour mixture into banana mixture just until blended. Pour batter into pan.
  4. Bake in preheated pan until golden and a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean, about one hour. Turn bread out onto wire rack to cool.
Obviously the baking time is an estimate based on the recipes used, but I'll update this to give a more accurate estimate once I've finished baking it. I'll also be sure to let everyone know if this is actually a good recipe or if I bollocksed it up.

Results:
It's a very moist banana bread, and I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. I'm thinking it might need a bit more flour (2 cups maybe) and more baking powder since it didn't quite rise as much as I would expect a banana bread to rise (3 teaspoons maybe). It took about one and one-half hours to cook. The knife in the center came out clean but it was still moist on the ends and was a bit wobbly. Flavor-wise it is very tasty!
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Last night before bed, [profile] painted_wolf and I gave some thought to what we would do with our chicken for dinner for the next few nights. I had found myself in a rut of just seasoning and cooking meat with steamed veggies, so dinners were getting pretty dull. We came up with three ideas: lemon garlic pepper chicken (which is nothing new, we've done that before), garlic ranch chicken stuffed with Swiss cheese, and the experiment for tonight. Tonight's experiment was completely thought up off the top of our heads from what we had around. I started the ball rolling on it, but PW helped me refine it so it would become the very tasty chicken that it became.

We had chicken breasts, granny smith apples, cinnamon, sugar, butter, honey, and mustard, among other things. What I did was split the boneless breasts open and stuff them with slices of apple, sprinkle them heavy with a mixed cinnamon sugar, then top with pats of butter. I closed the breasts back up and held them closed with toothpicks. I wrapped them in aluminum foil and baled them at 350 for 40 minutes. After 40 minutes I quickly stirred together some honey and mustard (more mustard then honey, probably like a 3 parts mustard, 2 parts honey) and spooned it over the breasts, then put them back in the oven still in the foil but with the foil open like a bowl around each breast to keep the melted butter and juices in. I cooked the breasts for another five minutes and they were done to just right.

I'm not a spectacular cook or anything, so I only served it with steamed nappa cabbage, but considering the chicken was so flavorful, the cabbage was a good match. The chicken was delicious! It's not a fancy gourmet meal or anything, but it was still very tasty and one I will have to make again sometime!
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I finally made the chicken soup today. I've been wanting to make it for a little while. I started with the stock I made from the roaster chickens we had two and three weeks ago. I added the Goya 16 Bean Soup mix that I soaked overnight in cold water. I brought the stock to a slow boil, added the beans and then reduced the heat and let it simmer until the beans were almost tender. I also seasoned it with garlic, salt, pepper, some dried herbs and the Desert Gardens Habanero Seasoning that [livejournal.com profile] quantumswordsmn and [livejournal.com profile] chenoachem brought us this past summer. I love the habanero seasoning! It's great for soups! I then added a soup and stew veggie mix that I bought at the store which had fresh carrot, parsnip, celery, leek, turnip and greens. I also added the chicken meat and two apples at the same time. I let this cook until the carrots and parsnips were tender.

Overall it wasn't that much different than a traditional homemade chicken soup, but the apples added a nice touch of sweetness and a good contrast to the slightly salted and hot flavor of the soup. The apples and habanero worked very nicely together.

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I've done stuffed zucchini before, but tonight for dinner I tried a winter squash: acorn squash. It was my first time making a stuffed acorn squash (or really any winter squash) and it came out rather good! It wasn't entirely from scratch as I used a packet of seasoning for the ground beef and used a boxed rice for the rice, but still it came out very tasty and VERY filling. I topped it with extra sharp New York cheddar. We indulged tonight and each ate half of the acorn squash stuffed, but I think normally a stuffed acorn squash is enough to feed four people. I'm really enjoying cooking real food and eating it rather than scraping by on processed foods.

I'm actually glad I thought to add the seasoning packet to the beef because it had a sweetness to it that really complemented the acorn squash very nicely.
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[profile] fossilapostle chose seven of my interests for me to explain. Comment and I'll pick seven of your interests for you to explain in your own LJ post.

68k - I am a classic Macintosh enthusiast, and by classic Macintosh I mean the old SEs and LCIII and such made with the Motorola 68k processors. Also, the Commodore Amiga line was manufactured using the Motorola 68k processors, too, and I happen to be an Amiga enthusiast. Believe it or not, I have a fully functional Mac SE FDHD running System 7.3 and AppleShare Server 3.0 with an external 20 GB SCSI hard drive. I also own a Commodore Amiga 2000HD with Video Toaster. This makes me happy. :)

bobbo byrnes - Bobbo is the guitarist and vocalist for The Fallen Stars. He used to be the lead guitarist for one of my all-time favorite Nashua bands, The Gypsy Mechanics. I miss the hayday of the Gypsy Mechanics playing at the since defunct Red Square in Nashua. He was always wild at live shows. I remember one time he wandered off mid song while still playing and went dancing in the dance club in the next room (gotta love wireless!) and came back in to finish the song with the band. Good times. :)

cooking - I do all of the cooking at home and, as much as I grumble about having to cook and would like [profile] painted_wolfto cook for me once in a while, I still really enjoy cooking. It's very much an art. I seem to have a very good knack for just grabbing ingredients and turning them into something tasty. It's very helpful when times are tough!

evilman - Evilman was a comic title released by Moonstone and was very wonderfully odd. Evilman is (as seen in my userpic) a bean-shaped dude whose belly button was a portal to another dimension. They only released a few issues and I'm only missing one or two of them.

fry bread - After European settlers made contact with Native Americans they started trading with them, including dry goods. Native Americans used the flour, sugar, milk and butter they got from the whites in all sorts of creative ways, including making fry bread. It's kinda like fried dough and it's absolutely delicious. Some ways of eating it include topping it with the usual fried dough topping, topping it with wojapi (a Lakota berry pudding) or topping it with taco ingredients (which is aptly named an indian taco).

glbtq - Well, I suppose since today is National Coming Out Day it's only appropriate that I start by saying that I happen to be one or two of those letters. ;) GLBTQ stands for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning. I am very much interested in equal rights regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.

snmnmnm - SNMNMNM is a marvelous geek rock band kinda like They Might Be Giants. Instead of bass they use tuba and often they forgo guitars instead using accordians. It's fantastic!

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