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Banana Bread

Wednesday, May 22, 2013







I know everyone has their favorite banana bread.I have half a dozen in my collection that I use.But I always come back to this one. It is super easy.Just dump,stir and bake. I bake my banana bread in a bundt pan because I can then put it in a covered cake plate and the boys can snack on it all day.Plus it is pretty sitting on my counter! :)

Banana Bread
3 1/2 cups flour
3 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 eggs
2/3 cup water
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups bananas, mashed
1 cup pecans, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine ingredients in large mixing bowl.
Pour batter into 2 prepared bread pans or 1 prepared bundt pan.
Bake for 1 hour or until firm and golden brown.
Cool on wire rack for at least 15 minutes before turning bread out onto tray.

Chocolate Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting




These are my absolute favorite.You can't go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter in my opinion.I totally cheated on these brownies and used a box of Ghirardelli Brownie mix. But I did make the peanut butter frosting from scratch. The frosting has the perfect sweetness and peanut butter ratio.You can add more peanut butter or more powdered sugar to your taste. The frosting is awesome for great cupcakes too! I have a bit of icing leftover, so I will make a batch of chocolate /  peanut butter whoopie pies tonight for hubs to take to work tomorrow. I am pretty sure these brownies will be gone by morning.

*Prepare your favorite brownie mix per package instructions. Let cool and frost with peanut butter frosting.

Peanut Butter Frosting


1/2 cup butter, softened



3 tablespoons milk, or as needed
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter




Place the butter and peanut butter into a medium bowl, and beat with an electric mixer. Gradually mix in the sugar, and when it starts to get thick, incorporate milk one tablespoon at a time until all of the sugar is mixed in and the frosting is thick and spreadable. Beat for at least 3 minutes for it to get good and fluffy.

Teriyaki Beef Skewers

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


These beef skewers are so good on a warm  spring or summer afternoon. The flavor of teriyaki is loved by all who try them.You can use bottled teriyaki sauce, if you prefer. I always have oj on hand, so I just make my own. I serve these with steamed brown rice and whatever veggies are ready in the garden.

 Teriyaki Beef Skewers





Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup orange juice (i use Simply Orange)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2  pounds beef sirloin, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 large  onions, cut into wedges
  • 2 green peppers, cut into chunks

Directions

  • In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the first five ingredients. Set aside 1/2 cup for basting and refrigerate. Add beef to remaining marinade; turn to coat. Seal bag; refrigerate for 1 hour, turning occasionally.
  • Drain and discard the marinade. On metal or soaked wooden skewers, alternate beef, green peppers and onions. Grill, uncovered, over medium heat for 3 minutes on each side. Baste with reserved marinade. Continue turning and basting for 8-10 minutes or until meat reaches desired doneness ..

      Hawaiian Smoked Sausage Kebabs

      Sunday, May 12, 2013




      I love the warmer weather. My husband takes over most of the dinner cooking. So all I have to do is prep and marinate. The grille is his domain. Don't get me wrong. I can use a grille like the best of them. I just give him the tongs and let him have at it. Last night we had a late dinner. The Pittsburgh Penguins were playing the NY Islanders in game 6 of the playoffs (they won!!) and we were preoccupied and forgot to marinate the meat longer. I should marinate the sausage for longer, but tonight only for about 30 minutes. Still good .No complaints from my brood. This is actually one of my hubby's favorite meals. I serve it with brown rice and corn and red pepper salad.
      * I had to use canned pineapple chunks. I am out in the middle of nowhere and I could not for the life of me find a ripe pineapple. :(

      Hawaiian Smoked Sausage Kebabs

      SERVES 4 , 4 -8 skewers

      * 1 lb smoked sausage, cut into 1-inch chunks ( I use Hillshire Farm Turkey Smoked Sausage)
      * 2 cups fresh pineapple, cut into 1-inch squares
      * 2 cups green peppers, cut into 1-in chunks

      Marinade

      * 1/2 cup soy sauce
      * 1/4 cup rice vinegar
      * 1/4 cup canola oil
      * 1/4 cup brown sugar
      * 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
      * 2 teaspoons ginger, chopped
      * 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

      1. Mix all marinade ingredients and add sausage. Marinate for 1 to 2 hours, no more.
      2. If you are using wooden skewers, be sure to soak them in water for 2 hours.
      3. Heat grill to medium-high.
      4. Alternate sausage, pineapple and pepper pieces on skewers. Place on grill until sausage is hot throughout, about 5-7 minutes on each side.


      Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches

      Tuesday, May 7, 2013




      I cannot believe that I have not posted this recipe before. It is a wonderful, full-flavored crock pot recipe that everyone in my family devours. And it is super easy. I serve it on big hoagie rolls with melted provolone cheese. There is a bit of a kick to it, but the boys  do not seem to mind. Especially with the melted cheese.
      *****NOTE- you do not have to use the beer. I use it only if I have some in the house, and the meat still tastes great.

      Italian Beef Sandwiches
      1 boneless beef roast (3-4 lbs)
      1 jar (12 oz) pepperoncini
      1 can beef broth
      1 can beer
      1 package (1 oz) Italian dressing mix (dry)
      hoagie rolls
      provolone cheese

      Place roast in the crockpot. Drain the pepers and remove the stems . (discard stems)
      Add peppers, broth, beer, and dressing mix to the crockpot. Do not stir.Cover and cook 8-10 hours on Low .Take the meat out and shred. Return the shredded beef to the crock pot and mix well.Serve on hoagies with provolone cheese.