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July 2010


Fannie Farmer

Looking back on my eats this week, I think I did pretty good eating out of our fridge and freezer this week – I like not spending money on groceries every once in a while, even though I love grocery shopping! 😀

I love Hormel turkey chili.  When it goes on sale, I usually buy some and keep it in my desk just in case.  I had a taste for it . . . for breakfast!  I used a low carb wrap, one scrambled egg, 1/2 cup hormel chili, taco cheese and chopped fresh spinach on top.  Of course, I sprinkled it liberally with Tabasco 😀  This was so fricken good!

this may be my new favorite breakfast!

Tony and Hannah took our dog Ed to the vet yesterday morning.  He quite literally freaked out – enough so that he got out of his collar!   We have no idea how old our dog is because we rescued him, but our guess is about 10 or 11.  He now has arthritis, which we kind of had an idea because he no longer wants to walk up our front stairs on our deck, but will walk around to the back door so he only has to walk up five. 🙁

Hannah didn’t have to work until later in the afternoon so she picked me up and we went to a sidewalk sale near my office and lunch.

It’s the first time I’ve eaten here.  We each got the teriyaki chicken platter, which came with the chicken, white rice, three small gyoza (I only ate one because there was mushroom in it) and a salad – all for $7.

this was good, but I asked for hot sauce which made it great!

Thanks for being my lunch date Hannah! 😀

So at this sidewalk sale, among tents that are selling $99 t-shirts is a mini garage sale.  All the proceeds went to the Daughters of the Revolution.  I totally scored!  Three more snowman mugs to my collection – each were $1!

And I also got another bread pan and a tart pan – each were $1 also.  But the major score was this:

A 1914 edition of Fannie Farmer’s cookbook.  It is totally fascinating to read.  The preface states:

“With the progress of knowledge the needs of the human body have not been forgotten.  During the last decade much time has been given by scientists to the study of foods and their dietetic value, and it is a subject which rightfully should demand much consideration from all.  I certainly feel that the time is not far distant when a knowledge of the principles of diet will be an essential part of one’s eduction.  Then mankind will eat to live, will be able to do better mental and physical work, and disease will be less frequent.”

I really can’t wait to make some of the recipes in this book.  However, it will be somewhat of a learning curve because she sometimes states “bake in a hot oven.”  Um, not sure what temperature is a hot oven!

she even has a recipe for emergency biscuits when someone stops by unexpectedly!

I also love the ads in the back of the book:

I remember trying to use karo syrup on pancakes when I was little when we were out of pancake syrup - it was so gross!

And whoever owned the book before me wrote “good” next to a recipe she liked.  And I also found some handwritten notes:

We decided to order pizza for dinner – I went with my new favorite:  Italian sausage, Italian beef and hot giardiniera.   Tony had sausage and green and black olives.  Sadly, when I saw the olive I handed him his pizza – but I forgot that olives are also in hot giardiniera!  On the third bite his mouth was on fire – sorry Tony!

I plan on making my MIL’s pumpkin bread today.   I am also going to make milk and water bread out of the Fannie Farmer cookbook – it calls for a yeast cake – I have no idea how much yeast that actually is, so it will be interesting!

Have a great Saturday!


Kelly picked my recipe!

Kelly and her husband were looking for new/healthy recipes to try out.  Kelly got a pick, her husband got a pick and then they agreed on one together.  Well Kelly picked my Thai Basil Chicken in wonton cups!  She’ll be making the three recipes in the next couple weeks and if I win I get a copy of her cookbook. 😀

Breakfast was more pumpkin pancakes – except only two, so I felt I could have the two pieces of bacon!

Lunch was “lets see what I have in the fridge to put on a pita!”  I had leftover pork loin, so I cut that up, tossed it in Buffalo Wild Wings spicy garlic sauce and then added lettuce, baby spinach, cucumber and yellow and orange pepper.  This was so delicious, but messy, I ended up eating it with a knife and fork.

Want to see my photo studio at work?

just colored stock paper! 😀

And I defrosted bone in chicken breasts for dinner.  Now Hannah normally doesn’t eat meat that much, and she definitely doesn’t eat meat off the bone.  But guess what?  She liked it!  I used the same marinade for our pork chops earlier in the week: rosemary, sage, garlic, salt, pepper, olive oil and a splash of white wine.

Stats for Thursday:

  • 35 minute swim
  • 40 minute bike ride – 7 miles and 1 mile cool down

What kind of photography tricks do you have?  If you have a point and shoot camera (like me) do you dream of a DSLR?

Happy Friday!

Bread/ Breakfast

Best Banana Bread . . . EVER!

When my parents-in-law were in town last week, my MIL Bonnie brought up her famous banana bread and pumpkin bread.  My step-son goes apeshit over this bread.  Of course, since he wasn’t here, we had to text him to tell him how amazing and delicious the bread is!

Whenever I make banana bread, it never puffs up and hers is so tall.  I asked her to send me both recipes when she got back home.  Upon first glance, I quickly realized why her breads are stellar – the banana bread calls for three sticks of butter and the pumpkin bread has 1 cup of oil and 3 cups of sugar! 😀

So Bonnie, I did adapt your banana bread just a touch, by using real sugar instead of Splenda, and reducing the butter to two sticks.  And while she used pecans, I used almonds because that’s what I had on hand.  This is still the best banana bread I’ve ever made in my life!

Bonnie’s Banana Bread with Pecans

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large overripe bananas (almost rotten)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups butter, melted and cooled (I used 1 cup) stics butter 😀
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 generous tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cups pecans, chopped (I used 3/4 cup slivered almonds)

Preheat the oven to 350 and spray Pam in a large bread pan (or 2 smaller pans).

Melt the butter, and let cool.  In a large bowl put the bananas in a bowl and mix until creamy.  Add the sugar and beat a good 3 minutes until you get a light and fluffy banana cream.  Add the melted butter, eggs and vanilla.  Beat well.  Mix in the dry ingredients until all incorporated being careful not to over blend.

Pour batter into pan.  Rap on the counter to get any air bubbles out.  Bake for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, until golden brown and a knife in the center comes out clean.  Cool the bread for 10 minutes, remove and let cool on wire rack.

Okay, so first off, whenever I made banana bread I was a wooden spoon girl – by whipping up the banana mixture, I think this is what helps the bread come out so tall.  My MIL also used bananas from her back yard – Tony bought similar bananas at our local grocery store.  I used about 16 of these for this recipe:

I was nervous because the batter came almost to the top, but it worked out fine

I also don’t think I’ve baked mine long enough – this one reached a rich deep brown:

I will never make another banana bread recipe again – thanks Bonnie!  And if you don’t want to take my word for it, this morning I woke up to this note by the coffee maker:

Since I was able to find canned pumpkin, I decided to make my pumpkin pancakes – I know its the season of blueberry pancakes, but I just had a jones for them!  Each pancake is 116 calories, and with the extra schmear of peanut butter between each one – breakfast was probably right around 500 calories.

seriously, my mouth is watering just looking at that picture!

the perfect bite 😀

So since I didn’t swim yesterday morning, Tony kinda looked at me like “really, you are going to use the excuse of sore muscles?!”  So I had to have a kick ass bike ride – and kick my ass it did!  I did the 10 mile Outlaw course – the first five miles were uphill! But I did it, it took me 49 minutes.

Lunch was spaghetti squash using leftover Italian sausage from the other night.  I tossed in some spinach and feta cheese – no matter how I try, spaghetti squash will always kinda look like dog food on a plate, but trust me, this was delicious!

And dinner was fish stick tacos – still using up what I have in the fridge and freezer!

the fixins

my taco x 2 + 2 ounces of chips and salsa

And I did make it to the pool this morning!  The first lap is chilly, but after that it is wonderful – nothing but blue skies!

Do you have a favorite dish of your MIL?

I am off to get ready for work – have a great Thursday! 😀