Posts Tagged ‘bananas’

Rainbow Fruit Pizza Tart

This Rainbow Fruit Pizza Tart will create spontaneous smiles with a sugar cookie crust, vanilla Greek-cream cheese filling and a rainbow of fruit.

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Silly me forgot to tell you something last week – I had a phone interview for a job! I thought it went very well and was also given a writing assignment afterwards to complete within a week. I sent it back a day early and am now waiting to see if I make it into the next stage of the interview process. Of course in the mean time I am still working on other applications. The job market is too rough out there to be idle between interviews.

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I also have not been idle in the kitchen department. I thought for sure I would have to cut back on the amount of posts per week but I’ve been able to coast along as normal. Thank goodness because ideas have started coming out of my ears. This fruit pizza isn’t a novel concept but that doesn’t mean it is any less fun. I technically made the rainbow backwards since red has a longer wavelength than violet and therefore would be on the outer edge of a rainbow (nerd alert). I prefer purple over red anyway, but regardless of technicalities you cannot help but feel happy from just looking at this colorful fruit tart.

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One year ago: Guiltless Avocado Alfredo Pasta with Spicy Chicken
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Pass the Cook Book Club: Mini Bananas Foster Ice Cream Pies

For Pass the Cook Book Club this month, we (figuratively) passed around Cooking Up a Storm by Marcelle Bienvenu and Judy Walker.

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This cookbook was compiled by a New Orleans newspaper, as it became a post-Katrina swapping place for old recipes that were lost in the storm. With 250 authentic recipes including their background stories, this cookbook contains the very best of New Orleans cuisine. Seems like a great cookbook choice for this month, especially with Mardi Gras next week.

I decided to divide up the bananas foster ice cream into six individual mini pies. They were really easy to make: just scoop the ice cream into the pie crusts, freeze, and right before serving you whip up the bananas foster. My parents had never actually had bananas foster before and they really enjoyed their pies. Just make sure to serve immediately as that hot bananas foster starts melting the ice cream!

Don’t miss out on the fun, join us for next month! Click on over to the Facebook group page to sign up.

Mini Bananas Foster Ice Cream Pies

Two years ago: Gluten-Free Chocolate Almond Cupcakes with Raspberry Almond Butter Frosting
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Mini Caramelized Banana Nut Bread

All of this (f)unemployment gives me plenty of time to not only apply for jobs, workout, and cook, but also to keep track of food holidays. Priorities, right? Today happens to be National Banana Bread Day so for Single Serving Sunday I made a mini loaf of banana bread. One small banana is all you need and it is first caramelized before being mashed and mixed into the batter along with some chopped walnuts. The richer flavors of this mini loaf produced by the caramelization may have you wishing for a full-sized one.

Mini Caramelized Banana Nut Bread

Two years ago: Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Dried Cherries and Israeli Couscous

Three years ago: Homemade Tagalongs
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Bananas Foster Pancakes

Like most people I see some pretty entertaining and/or shocking things while driving on a fairly regular basis. People driving the wrong way down a one-way street, stopping at a red light and continuing through it before it turns green, honking at me from behind for not turning left after the light has turned red, and even making their own left-turn lane into on-coming traffic. Then there are the cars: OREO brand name printed, zebra-printed, big spinning rims on a junky car, reindeer and elf car costumes (have to admit I think they are cute), and eyelashes on the headlights of a VW bug. But just the other day I saw those same eyelashes on another car, and not a cutesy car similar to the VW but a big beefy car that I would never associate with girly characteristics – a Dodge Charger. I thoroughly enjoyed that sighting.

What does all that have to do with bananas foster pancakes? Absolutely nothing. Enjoy :-)!
Bananas Foster Pancakes
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Two years ago: Spinach Artichoke Dip
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Elvis Fluffernutter Rice Krispie Treats

Ohio State may not be playing a game this weekend, but here in Memphis I am still celebrating yet another PB+Choc Saturday in addition to continuing the celebration of Peanut Butter Lovers Month! Here in Memphis, everyone knows that Elvis’s favorite sandwich was peanut butter and banana. Today I am using PB Crave’s CoCo Bananas Peanut Butter to transform that sandwich into a rice krispie treat. The original recipe used banana chips as well, but I decided the banana flavor in the peanut butter was a adequate substitution. Although I will admit, I had planned on topping them off with banana chips but they mysteriously disappeared into the abyss that is my pantry (which means I probably used them and forgot). Regardless, you won’t want to miss out on these over-the-top krispie treats! One of my labmate’s eyes bulged out upon her first bite. Yea they’re good.

Elvis Fluffernutter Rice Krispie Treats

Two years ago: Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars
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Nutella Swirl Whole Wheat Banana Muffins

I may be busy as all get out, but I wasn’t going to miss out on participating in Secret Recipe Club this month. I probably should have taken the month off, but here I am anyway. This month I was assigned to Enriching Your Kid! by Shirley. Her blog is geared towards parents looking for ways to enrich their children by strengthening their immunity and facilitating their growth. But if you are like me and do not have children, the recipes are still great for expanding your knowledge about healthy foods.  I plan to try out her Chocolate-Date Compound Butter in the future, and almost made the Chicken Corn Kebabs, but decided on a muffin recipe instead for today because it involved Nutella!

The original recipes had a dollop of Nutella in the middle of the muffin, but I forgot to only pour half the batter into the muffin pan in order to accomplish that so I just made a swirl on top. They might not have a Nutella-center but they certainly tasted as good as they looked. I loved that the recipe uses olive oil instead of a lot of butter or canola oil, and my taste buds were completely fooled. And with whole wheat flour and bananas in addition to the Nutella, there’s really no way to go wrong with one of these for breakfast, or a snack.

Nutella Swirl Whole Wheat Banana Muffins

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Strawberry-Banana Colada Smoothie

Happy SSS! After a week full of ice cream, it’s time to share a smoothie that has spinach in it – but doesn’t look like it! Normally when I make smoothies I go for the vibrant green monster. But every now and then I try something new. This particular smoothie caught my eye because pictures of the original recipe still showed a pink smoothie despite having a little bit of spinach blended in. When I made it, it did not come out as pink but it isn’t green either. It was a good change from my normal routine and the addition of tropical flavors was perfect for the summertime.

Strawberry-Banana Colada Smoothie

Two years ago: Tomato-Basil Eggs Alfredo in Bread Baskets
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Bananas Foster Mini Cheesecakes

Happy National Cheesecake Day! After recently making mini cheesecakes, I decided to dig out that pan again for another variation. I actually made these for Kathy, in honor of last lab-lunch-outing before moving to Chicago. She will be missed dearly by all members of the lab, and we’re not entirely sure how we will function without her around.

Since she loves bananas foster I made little banana cheesecakes topped with that very thing! Sadly, two of them jumped to their deaths off the platter and onto the floor, but the remaining 10 each found a happy home in someone’s belly. These are best served when the cheesecakes are cold and the topping is still warm, so prepare the cheesecakes ahead of time if possible.

Bananas Foster Mini Cheesecakes

One year ago: Spaghetti Squash with White Cheddar Cheese Sauce
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Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Not only is July ice cream month AND blueberry month, but today is National Ice Cream Day! To celebrate in combination with Single Serving Sunday, I made you a single serving blueberry cheesecake ice cream with only 4 ingredients and no ice cream maker! By freezing and blending up a frozen banana, you will get a creamy smooth ice cream base to then swirl in the cream cheese, blueberries and graham crackers. Want to make it for more than one? Just multiply the recipe by how many servings you need!

Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Two years ago: Broccoli Garbanzo Pasta
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Frozen Cookie Dough Wrapped Banana Pops

Please check out a great bake sale hosted on Pass the Sushi today benefiting Lil Miss Muffin, a neglected and abused dog. She was rescued and it currently with Response-A-Bull rescue for her treatment and long road to recovery. Muffin is a beautiful, sweet dog despite everything she has been through. Through this bake sale we are hoping to help raise awareness on the abuse of animals and help with the cost of the increasing medical expense for Muffin. I have donated my Big, Fat, Chewy Multichip cookies as they are my favorite chocolate chip cookie.

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The bake sale begins at 8am EST July 17th (today) on PasstheSushi.com and ends at 8pm EST. A list of all donated baked goods and cook books will be shows with information next to them. To bid on an item, send an email to kita {at} passthesushi.com with the item you are bidding on in the subject line. Minimum bids will start at $15 and all bids after must be $5 higher. Bids will be updated next the item throughout the day, so check back if there is something you are really hoping to win! At the end of bidding, Kita will email the winning bidders to confirm instructions for payment, and also to retrieve mailing addresses. Payment will be made via Paypal within 24 hours of confirmation. Baked goods will be mailed to winners within one week unless other special arrangements are made or noted.

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As a bonus, there is also a Le Creuset Round French Oven Raffle. For every $5 donated with the Paypal button set up just for Muffins for Muffins on July 17th, you will be given one raffle entry. This includes all winning bids as well as donations for the day of the bake sale. At the end of the bake sale, one random winner will be selected via Random.org and the Le Creuset cookware will be mailed within one week.

If instead you would like to donate directly to Muffins medical fund, go to http://response-a-bull.org/donate and scroll down the page. There is a button to donate just for Muffin. Thank you!

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Let’s talk about frozen bananas. They are great for smoothies and fun to dip in chocolate for a healthier frozen treat. But how about wrapping them in cookie dough after they are frozen and then dipped in chocolate? Maybe some chopped peanuts on the outside while we’re at it. Oh look, that’s what I did and here they are for your pleasure. Before eating, you will have to let them thaw for a few minutes because biting into a solid chunk of frozen banana isn’t the easiest task.

Frozen Cookie Dough Wrapped Banana Pops

One year ago: Vegetable Fried Rice for One
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