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Wanna get baked?

Best Banana BreadBanana Bread

This banana bread turned out incredible and I do not bake! While I can throw in a little of this and a dash of that  cooking and create something incredible, baking is a different story entirely. Baking requires exact measuring, adding ingredients in a certain order and patience which I lack in general, but especially with baking.

Although the recipe is very straightforward, here are a couple tips that helped me (and they forgot to mention):

  • Mix the wet ingredients and dry ingredients seperately, then combine them. Once they are combined, then do your add-in’s to the dough like walnuts, chocolate chips or both–go big or go home.
  • About halfway through cooking, put tin foil over the top of the bread. It will keep it from getting too dark on top, but this will also increase your cook time. Speaking of which….
  • The cooking time is definitely closer to 50-60 minutes, than the 45 minutes they claim. liars.

And if at first you don’t succeed, don’t worry. I did succeed at first, and then proceeded to burn it beyond recognition the next time. Cut off the parts you can save and enjoy, if you can.

And if it’s so burnt there is nothing to do, get creative. Burnt bread makes an excellent paperweight, gift for those passive aggressive neighbors or weapon when heaved in the direction of your enemies. Remember, variety is the spice of life.

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Presto Pesto!

Spinach Pesto

Spinach Pesto

Ingredients:

  • 3 handfuls of spinach
  • 2 tblsp of olive oil
  • 6 or 7 walnuts
  • 4 heaping tsps of Parmesan cheese

Crucial Step 1: Add oil to food processor. It will make sure that your pesto becomes a smooth mixture rather than a dry, lumpy mess of spinach, nuts and cheese. The oil will also make sure you do not burn out the motor of your processor; trust me on this one.

Step 2: Add the spinach and process for 3 to 5 seconds

Step 3: Add walnuts and cheese, scrape down bowl and blend into smooth mixture.

You can store the pesto in the fridge and it use it on eggs, sandwiches, pasta or by itself. It can store for at least a week in the fridge, although it never lasts that long in mine–I’m highly addicted to it!!!

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Spinach Strawberry Salad

IMG_1183I love salty. I love sweet. But the two should not be together: not at a party, not in the club and especially, not on my fork.

I may be losing all cooking street cred, but there is nothing that is more disgusting than a combination like cheesecake: the same cream cheese on my bagel, in a cake?! Absolutely not. Food is either salty or sweet, not both.

And yet, this salad completely breaks the rules and deliciously combines the savory and the sweet. While I would like to claim it was genius which inspired me, it was not. Instead, it was the strawberries and spinach bordering between edible and goo that led to the creation of this salad. Whether its fresh or slightly slimey, this salad will satisfy the savory and sweet.

Spinach Strawberry Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Here’s what you need:

  • A bag of spinach or mixed greens
  • 2 handfuls of walnuts
  • A ¼ block of Feta or ¾ of the already crumbled package
  • 6 Strawberries
  • 3 slices of Turkey Bacon (or regular bacon)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Step 1: Start by chopping the walnuts into small pieces and heat up enough oil to coat entire bottom of  skillet on medium/low heat.

Step 2: Add walnuts and stir them around, they will start to smell strong (and really good!) The walnuts will begin to change to a darker, caramelized brown. Take them off the heat, move the walnuts to one side and drain 1-2 Tblsp into a small sealing container with a lid.

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Step 3: Add 1 tsp of oil,  1 tsp of Balsamic Vinegar. Shake it like a salt shaker.

Step 4:Drain the walnuts of oil by placing them on a paper towel set on a plate and put them aside.

Step 5: Wash and dry the spinach, cut up the strawberries and cook the turkey bacon.

Step 6: Cook the bacon between paper towels on a plate  for 2 ½ minutes on each side. Your bacon may need more or less time, depending on whether or not your microwave sucks more or less ass than mine. With that said, I’d recommend listening to the bacon pop. It’s like popcorn, only meatier and crispy once the popping slows. Smash it up over the spinach.

AND FINALLY… put the walnuts, strawberries and dressing over the spinach and let your tastebuds go cray cray.

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